Tiki - Eighty-five foot schooner (with a
temperamental engine called "The Lady") on the maritime adventure
ADVENTURES IN PARADISE/ABC/1959-62. The Tiki was owned by Captain
Adam Troy (Gardner McKay), a Korean War veteran who took up shipping
cargo and transporting passengers among the islands of the South
The Tiki anchored in Papeete Harbor in Tahiti.
The ship's radio call sign was
Troy's partner was Oliver Lee (Weaver Levy), a seagoing Chinese-American.
Assisting them was Clay Baker (James Holden), the First Mate later replaced by
Chris Parker (Guy Stockwell).
With the exception of a few real shots of the Tiki plying the South
Seas, most of the series was shot on the back lot of 20th Century Fox. The
series pilot was created by noted novelist, James Michener.
Crew of the Tiki
TRIVIA NOTE: The Tiki was originally called the Pilgrim which was
built for the American yachtsman adventure
Donald C. Starr by boat designer John Alden.
Starr sailed the Pilgrim around the world
from Boston Massachusetts in 1932. The story of
his voyage can be found in the book "The
Schooner Pilgrim's Progress." The Pilgrim
is featured in article "The Pilgrim sails the
Seven Seas," written by Harold Peters in the
August 1937 issue of National Geographic
Over the yeas the Pilgrim (later named Tiki) has been owned by a number of
different groups including
Christian Science Church, which sold her at auction to the actor Lewis Stone,
the Judge Hardy of the Andy Hardy movies (who turned it over to the
Coast Guard in WWII);
used as a sport fishing barge off Redondo Beach, California after the war
purchased by Harry S. McGill or Wilmington, California who refurbished the
boat and used it as a family getaway vessel (he leased the boat to 20th
Century Fox for various film
including Sealed Cargo (1951) and Pearl of the South Pacific
Gardner McKay, the star of ADVENTURES IN PARADISE;
Folksinger Glenn Yarborough purchased the boat in 1965 and refitted the vessel
as a Charter boat that cruised the Virgin Islands
"Seven Seas Sailing Club of New York" purchased the boat and sailed it in
"Operation Sail" during the 1976 Bicentennial.
The Tiki met its demise in the Grenadine Islands off the island of Bequia in
Admiralty Bay during Hurricane Allen in
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