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Adrian Fraser

was born on 26 March 1886 on Union Island, one of the Grenadine Islands that are dependencies of St. Vincent. Union Island was at that time a single private plantation and his grandfather Charles Mulzac, of Scottish descent, the sole plantation owner. His mother’s parents were of African descent. Hugh’s father Richard took control of the plantation on the death of his father, before finally selling it. He then focused his attention on the sea, as the owner of whaling boats and shipbuilding and repair facilities.

The sea was the gateway from St. Vincent to the rest of the world and Hugh at a very early age developed a fascination for life on the ocean. After gaining early experience sailing on a boat manned by his brother in the waters of the Grenadines and Barbados, Mulzac seized an opportunity in 1907 that allowed him to take up a job ...