Allan King – Inducted 2012

 In Hall of Fame

Allan King 1922 – 2005

Bajan by birth, Allan was of Irish heritage, descended from a 19th century clergyman and his fellow prelate’s sister who met on board the sailing ship that brought them to the West Indies.

Allan migrated to Trinidad, joined PANAM, then BWIA which took him to several of the Caribbean islands, including Antigua, where he met his wife, returning to Trinidad with her and an infant daughter in 1957.

In Trinidad, Allan spent much of his time at the Sailing centre, finding the perfect foil in the Mirror Dinghy, a good match for his diminutive stature and stout hearted spirit. His sailing skills enabled him to outsmart younger and stronger competitors season after season and he derived great pleasure in passing on his know how to young and old, enlisting novices as crew for the regular weekend races and tutoring adult members on an evening. Modest and unassuming, seeking no official committee position, Allan made a contribution to the Association’s success as profound as those of others more prominently in the public view.

On land, he will be long remembered as a skilled miniaturist renowned for his finely detailed portrayals of The Magnificent Seven, cricket in the savannah, sailboats at anchor in the Association’s moorings and the disappearing architectural treasures of Port of Spain.

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