During the following years, Norman Wright’s were involved with many projects that made history, including the building of Sailing Yacht ‘Francois’. This yacht was a 75 ft schooner and probably the largest racing yacht to be built by Wrights. Following the outbreak of war in 1939, and particularly after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbour in 1941, the building of recreational craft was suspended in the wake of a wholesale diversion of resources towards the military effort.
The military authorities engaged the Norman Wright yard to refit all types of small vessels for cargo work. The famous ‘Fairmiles’ was well known in war and the Navy commissioned Norman Wright to build four of their 112 ft patrol boats, known for their pace and effectiveness.