It is that time again, boating season! We launched our sailboat this weekend and now are hoping for sunny skies and medium winds (during non working hours,... oh to permanently retire).
The editorial section in the previous issue served its purpose, discussion was generated. The editorial about the ACBS’s focus received strong support and disagreement (even within my own home). This is a good thing as it is through disagreement that things are discovered and even changed. For those wanting a name for the writer, I am guilty of not including it. The article was the result of a phone discussion between my father and me, and since I was putting his words into print without exact quotes I did not sign his name to it. So if you ar looking to talk to the author you can contact Syd or myself.
I am looking forward to the usual shows and evening cruises and idle chatter that will fill the season and enrich our lives. Hope to see you all at the various up coming events. Wendy
||The perfect spot for a nap at the Annual Boat Show, the front seat of a 1926 Albany Hacker|
If you are looking for a great way to celebrate the chapter’s 25 years
of existance, make a pilgrimage to the place where it all started.
The Deerhead Restaurant on the north west side of Cayuga Lake. The
food is delicious & prices are reasonable ( not as cheap as when the
boys first started meeting).
Mtgs at Townsend’s home in Baldwinsville. September 13-18 Tour of Lake
George- Fall Foliage Cruise combined with the Wine Country and Niagra Chapters.
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For those of you who wait to the last minute to register for the Annual Boat Show, please note this year there is a deadline for show registrations to be submitted by: July 17th....
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|The Erie Canal was arguably the most important transportation
system ever built in this country. Only the trans-continental railroad
and the interstate highway system can compare in realizing widespread social,
cultural & economic change in America.
The original Erie Canal was constructed between 1817 and 1825. At a cost of little over 7 million dollars, Governor Dewitt Clinton and the state of New York were able to build a waterway 4 feet deep, 40 feet wide and 363 miles long, connecting the Hudson river at Albany to Lake Erie at Buffalo.
The canal was the most ambitious engineering project undertaken anywhere in the country up to that time. The canal was the communication and transportation link between the eastern and western parts of the country. It allowed New York City to become the commercial, financial and immigration center of the country, while opening the west for settlement and industrial growth.
The success of the Erie sparked an explosion of canal building all over the country. The canal carried millions of tons of freight, but freight wasn't all that was carried. The canal allowed people with their thoughts and ideas to travel rapidly throughout the country as well.Social reform movements including Women's Rights and abolitionists and numerous religious groups sprang up along the waterway, taking advantage of the rapid communication provided by the canal.
The canal remains an important asset in New York. Its history, legends and lore enrich the story of New York State.
Today thousands of recreational boaters enjoy the canal system, impacting our
economy in a way Dewitt Clinton never dreamed of. The story of the Erie Canal continues and its final chapter won't be written for quite some time. "Captain Dan Wiles"
Aug 10-12 Thompson Antique & Classic Boat Rally at Nest Egg Marine
in Marinette, Wisconsin on the Menominee River only six miles from Peshtigo,
Wisconsin the original Thompson Boat enterprises. For info & registration
contact Andreas Jordahl Rhude, 4054 Wentworth Ave. South, Minneapolis,
MN 55409-1522, 612-823-3990, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Aug 11-12 Wooden Boat Festival Orleans City. Marine Park Boat rides, free concert, food and more..More info contact Ray Leonard 716-226-2594, email email@example.com
August 10-12 11th Annual Antique and Classic Boat show of the Smith
Mountain Lake Chapter at Saunders Parkway Marina, Rt. 626, Huddleston,
VA To register or for info contact Cindy & Lars Okeson 540-297-8451,
or Dan Holdgreve 540-890-2027, Katedanhold@gateway.net
Aug 18-19 26th Annual Bob Speltz Land-O-Lakes Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous at the Treasure Island Resort & Casino near Red Wing MN, Contact 952-934-9522 or toll free 877-636-3111 or BSLOL, P.O. Box 11, Hopkins,MN 55343-0011, www.acbs-bslol.com
Aug 25-28th Annual Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous of the Adirondack Chapter ACBS at Lake George Village docks, Lake George, NY Contact Maria Johnson, 9 Scott Drive, Ballston Spa, NY 12020, 518-884-2878
Buy, Sell or Trade
1956 23’ Chris Craft Continental in excellent condition. 327 Chevy V8. totally restored with original upholstery. Stored indoors year round.$19,000. Fair Haven, NY (315) 342-6736 or firstname.lastname@example.org
I build and repair wooden boats. If interested Mati Teinbas (+372)46 29187 Suursadam, Hiiumaa 92301, Estonia email@example.com
Cadillac Monterey, 1957 15’ outboard runabout. Molded plywood, double cockpit, deck, windsheild. Matching Evinrude Big Twin 35 electric, correct controls, wiring harness, two twin line tanks. All very good. Paul Chapin, P.O. Box 504, Union Springs, NY 13160-0504 315-889-7624
1951 Steelcraft Express cruiser, 28’ x 9’6”. Gray mo. 150, 330 cu. in. six, 150 hp. sleeps 4, head, galley, new carpet, 3year old canvas, interior very original with mauals & sales literature. Rare& new keel & rudder, ss shaft, mahagony top, everything works. Pictures & ins. survey. ACBS member located in Syracuse area $15,000 call John 315-492-6017 msg. firstname.lastname@example.org
1954 Century Wood Inboard 16’ Resorter, Engine Rebuilt, 6 cylinder, Fred Podszebka, 6582 Fremont Rd., E. Syracuse, N.Y. 13057 315-656-8238
1930 22’ triple cockpit Gar Wood. Very good shape, West bottom,
327 Chevy engine 210hp, tandem axel trailer. Asking $37,000.
1932 18’ split cockpit Gar Wood. needs to be restored. some hardware, the rest available. no engine, 283 available. $3,000 OBO.
1957 15’ Century Palomino outboard. all original with motor. $1,500. OBO.
1963 38’ Pacemaker. needs to be refinished. Two 318 225hp engines. good shape, hull very tight. asking $7,000. Call Bill Nedrow, 163 Davis Road, Lansing, NY 14882 607-533-4361
1954 Chris Craft Custom runabout, s/n 17-P-231, 120hp KLC, restoration 1999, trailer & new custom-made cover. $10,500. Jerry Hart 315-834-6070.
1959 19’ Lyman Islander with never used custom built trailer. $2,000. Also 1956 16’ Penn Yan Sealiner with KBL engine. boat has original paint and varnish. $1,000 Lou Smith 607-734-3882, leave message.
1929 22’ Chris Craft Cadet. Restoration started, hull and bottom in great original condition. would like to finish to buyer’s satisfaction. Photos and more info available. asking $32,000. Cal George Morse 315-889-7720 or Will schempp 607-533-7208
1950 22’ Chris Craft Sportsman. all original, completely restored in 1992. Revarnished and “M” engine rebuilt 1997. full cnvas plus cover. stored in boathouse year round. $20,500 or reasonable offer. Call Bob Parke 315-446-6260
1959 22’ Century Ravenwith 170hp V-8. New upholstery throughout. Fresh Brightwork, paint and antifouling bottom done fall ‘98. ready for water with tandem trailer. Sacrifice at $7,500. Call Doug Persee 315-469-3349 Fair Haven, NY
1955 14’ Penn Yan Swift currently in Nantucket. The boat was completely
restored in 1988 and has not been in the water since. The bright
work does need a litle touching up now from just sitting around, but otherwise,
in excellent condition. Carl Apthorp 413 Southampton Dr. Aurora, OH 44202-6721
telephone 1-330-995-2533 email email@example.com
1948 25’ Chris Craft Sportsman. Need restoration, but has all hardware and original leather upholstery. $4,900. Trailer available. Also 1950s Penn Yan Swift, ski model. needs resstoration but is solid without rot. $750. Call George Seeley 607-547-9330 Cooperstown, NY
Rare 1927 20’ Gesswein Sportabout (hull#7) with original 6cyl Van Blerck
engine. Twin cockpit with unusual facing rear seats. Brass
hardware, leather upholstery. Boat & engine fully restored, both
in excellent condition. Trailer included, $40,000 or reasonable offer.
Geno & Barbara Giovannetti, Box 84, Fair Haven, NY 13064 315-947-5532
1963 13’ Penn Yan Swift, stepped hull, 50hp Mercury with trailer $4,500. also 1959 22’ Century Raven, needs restoration, $2,000. also 1915 (?) 24’ Fry launch, built Clayton, NY make offer. also 1957 24’ custom built Hubert Johnson cedar lapstrake inboard, 3/4” planking riveted to heavy oak ribs, decks, windshield, coamings and seats; 3/4” mahogany and teak finished with Cetol marine “no sand finish”, bottom has Interlux Micron CSC “no sand bottom paint”, engine is a 225hp Chrysler Hemi with reduction gear, custom-built bunked tandem axel trailer with brakes and removable uprights. $54,000 Call George Morse, 315-889-7720 or Box 89, Union Springs, NY 13160
Wanted, Frame lift pontoon boat trailer 22’ or 24’Call barry at 315-682-8909
1954 14’ Shell Lake. Good fishing boat. Painted 1997 $400. Sally Lathrop 716-554-6147
1962 Penn Yan 19’ with a Merc I/O that still runs. It has a hard top and is glassed in. This boat needs some restoration, mostly cosmetic as far as we can tell. We don’t have time for this and are looking to sell it to someone who will loving restore it Kate Kirkpatrick Ithaca, NY 607-272-3440 (eves)
1948 12’ Moulded plywood outboard, w/oars $1000
“no name” double ended approx. 16” one cyc B&B inboard (may be later installation) $1200
Michigan Boat works 16’ “steel launch” w/original 1 cyl Detroit engine. All original, need small area in bottom attended, on trailer early teen vintage $2000 Sutherland double ended rowboat 14’ original condition w/oars $2000 Edwin Long (Rochester, NY) 16’ on trlr, 2 sets original oars $3000 Several outboards available.
Call for list. Gerrit Heerken 716-924-3923
Off The Record
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Although I am a new member of the Finger Lakes Chapter, Ellie and I have attended a few boat shows as spectators and were always impressed with the organization of the crew at your show. Last year we decided to bring our boat to the show. Even though we knew a few members, now comes the anxiety: where to go; what was the launch like; what would we do with the truck and trailer?
After a five-hour drive, there we were, slowly driving down the lake side looking for the airport and launch. (Thinking what will we do when we find it?) As we started down the launch road, we were wondering how we would maneuver our “big rig” and launch the 26’ Sea Skiff. Suddenly a gentleman appeared to give us instructions on the best way to launch at this site. Down at the water were many more eager and knowledgeable hands to help. Razz Matazz was launched and tied to the dock with no trouble at all! Then, to my surprise, two men came and asked if they could drive our truck, camper, and trailer to the airport parking for us. Certainly! Ellie an I then headed on a relaxing ride down the lake to the docks. When we went to the registration booth, our truck keys were waiting and the rig was parked right across the street. Talk about service! On Sunday night, after a wonderful weekend, the crew was there again to help us load the boat on the trailer. our compliments to everyone on the crew. They are knowledgeable, friendly, helpful and really put you at ease. If you have ever thought of going to a boat show, this is the one! Many thanks to you all. Bruce and Ellie Conklin and Razz Matazz
Congratulations! Brian and Sandra Skeval welcomed their daughter Sarah Margie Skeval into the world on March 3, 2001. Brian & his wife have donated the “Stickley” styled foot stools to our silent auctions. Brian made the stools in his shop where he builds furniture for their store in Lafayette, NY. Soon they plan to start construction on a boat restoration shop at the same location. Submitted by Jan Race
Letter to the Editor (via phone conversation) Don Babcock, Director ACBS and member of FLC, called us to voice his opinion on the editorial in the March 2001 Brightwork about the focus of the ACBS. He let us know that he has never done anything like this before, but his level of outrage at the opinions expressed required him to take action. As a director, he feels the ACBS is not focusing its efforts on the power boats but is including all antique and classic boaters in their agenda. He strongly supports the efforts of the ACBS directors and committee members in their efforts to promote the organizations vision and and mission statements. In addition, he would like all editorials signed so that any concerns can be addressed with the appropriate person.
|Fay & Bowen was one of the many small boat and motor companies that thrived throughout New York State at the turn of the twentieth century. Here’s what they said about their boats and motors in their advertisements|
In Case You Missed It Before...
Note the following 2001 boat show changes.
The launch site will have set hours when help will be available for participants to load and unload their boats. Friday 1300-1700, Saturday 0730-0930, and Sunday 1530-1800. In addition remember to have a spare set of keys for your vehicle, the launch staff will not be liable.
There is a limit on the seating available for Saturday night’s dinner thus there will be no cash payments accepted at dinner, you must have reservations to participate in the dinner portion of the evening. Saturday morning will be coffee and donuts at the registration table area. Sunday will inclued the usual brunch. The bus tour first held in 2000 will operate again this year and will be the responsibility of The Skaneateles Historical Society.
Friday, July 27th
Registration 1pm-7pm Public Viewing 3pm-7pm
Eveing barbecue (cash bar) 6pm-7:30pm
Park Concert by Skaneateles Community Band 7:30 pm-
Saturday July 28th
Public Viewing 9am-7pm Judging 9am-1pm
Music in the Park by Jazz Bones 12:30pm-2:30pm
Parade of Boats 2:30pm Cocktail Hour (cash bar) 5:30pn-7pm Dinner 7pm Awards-Following Dinner
Sunday July 29th
Public Viewing 8am-3pm
Music in the Park by The Soda Ash Six 1pm-3pm
Seminars Seat Caning 1:30pm, CNY Boat Builders 2pm Peoples Choice Award 3pm
For more detailed information on our 23rd annual show and on line registration form
click here http://www.flc-acbs.org/show2001.htm
In 1939 a successful manufacturer,
Merle Young's, bought a large farm located on the St. Lawrence River just
above Clayton, New York. It was known as Zenda Farms, and it was a model
dairy. On the property was a magnificent "cottage" as well as a large boathouse
and extensive docks. Several young nephews worked with him in his business.
One of them, Allen R. Young's, owned a cottage on the edge of the Zenda
property where he and his family spent a large part of their summers.
he called it Idyll Oaks as it was surrounded by a grove of stately old
oaks. He also owned a boathouse and a boat which was serviced by a man
named Tom Turgeon who, with his son Bill, owned and operated the Thousand
Islands Marina, now known as Remar Marina, located around the corner
from the present Antique Boat Museum.
Tom had lived among and worked on the boats of the Thousand Islands all of his life. His father had gone down with a great lakes schooner off Sackets Harbor when Tom was just a young lad. One summer day in 1964 Allan Young's and his wife were walking through the marina with Tom when they noticed an old wooden boat on blocks in a corner of the building. They went home but couldn't erase the picture of that graceful, old boat from their minds.
A few days later they returned and inquired as to the boat's owner. Tom told them that he had taken it in payment of a bill owed to him by the previous owner, and he agreed to sell it for the amount of the bill - just a few hundred dollars. The Young's agreed to buy the boat and asked how it could be restored. Tom replied that he had a craftsman, Glenn Jackson, who was quite capable of restoring it, and a price was agreed upon for the work to be done during that winter when the marina's work load would be minimal.
When the Young's returned the following spring, they were thrilled with the appearance of their long slender launch with her gleaming white hull, and richly grained mahogany foredeck stretching endlessly before them. They named her Idyll Oaks after their cottage. Since they had several friends with old, wooden boats in their boathouses, they invited those friends to join them in displaying their boats. This plan was discussed with the officials of the Clayton Chamber of Commerce and the Clayton Village Board, who agreed to provide some publicity for this event, as well as dock space to display the boats. About twenty boats appeared that first year, with many of their crews in period costumes.
The next year, 1966, it was decided that this event would be a great addition to the activities of Clayton's Old home Week, so the chamber published the event in its bulletin and included it in all of that summer's other advertising. Esther Levy, Publicist for the Thousand Islands International Council also entered the picture, enhancing the chamber's efforts. This time, there were nearly forty boats entered, and Clifford Carpenter, Editor and Publisher of the Rochester Democrat-Chronicle, was present with his camera. He interviewed exhibitors, took many pictures, and wrote an article entitled "The Floating Smithsonian" which appeared in the July 1967 issue of Yachting. He returned the following year as a judge for the Third Annual Antique Boat Show.
By the Spring of 1967, Vincent Dee, President of the Thousand Islands Museum, and trustees of that museum were aware of the increasing interest in old wooden boats, and they formed a committee, chaired by Tom Turgeon, to develop a larger, better organized show to demonstrate the beauty of these boats. In this way, they hoped to encourage the restoration and preservation of the many old wooden boats stored away in this and other areas where boating is a way of life. At that time, we still had no facility for displaying any but the smallest boats, a skiff for example.
The Third Annual Show, held in August of 1967, was attended by Walter Juettner, Editor and Publisher of Motor Boating, and his well-known marine photographer, Pete Smyth. There were nearly 100 boats at this show, and judging was performed by a number of local men who were prominent in the boating world. Prizes were awarded in a number of classes. To dock this many boats, we used the entire Town of Clayton dock, and most of the dock's at Tom's Thousand Islands Marina. Tom's regular customers were very cooperative in finding other dockage for the weekend of that third show.
As the show grew, we felt that we needed judges of national reputation in the boating world. Bob Cox, lifelong summer resident of Grindstone Island, was well-known in the boating world through his marina in Fort Lauderdale. He contacted judges for us, and at other times, gave us names of men whom we could contact. Through him we found men like Howard I. Chappelle, Curator of the small-craft collection at the Smithsonian Institution; John Gardner, who held the same position at Mystic Seaport; and Atwood Manley, who had written a book on the wooden canoe. Others who served were editors of boating magazines, representatives of national boat and engine manufacturers and associations of manufacturers, and frequent contributors to recognized boating magazines. In addition, the group coordinating the boat show felt that we needed an official sponsor. Since the only chartered entity in Clayton was the Thousand Island Museum, it was decided to make the antique boat group a subdivision of that organization. Thus was born the Antique Boat Auxiliary of the Thousand Islands Museum. A statement of purpose and membership forms were originated during the winter of 1967-68, and the museum thus became the official sponsor of the annual shows for a number of years.
Tom Turgeon's son, Bill, was killed working in his father's marina in April of 1968. Tom felt the loss deeply, and found that he was no longer able to run the marina. Not long afterward, the museum acquired the Denny Building, largely through the generosity of the Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation, and their representative on the boat show committee, Bolling Haxall. For the first time, the Auxiliary had a place to store and display donated boats and boating memorabilia. Tom became the manager of the museum's displays, and so began a period of frenetic acquisition of boats and boating artifacts. Tom knew where to find most of the old boats in the area. His knowledge of and love for the boats of the period made him a most persuasive advocate for the museum. He managed to convince many of the old boat owners that their treasures would be better preserved displayed in the museum than they would tucked in a damp, dirty corner of an old boathouse. thus, the collection soon outgrew that first museum building and early in the development of the museum, the need for larger quarters became apparent.
Many individuals and organizations contributed to the early development of the museum, but the major stimulus was, and continues to be the annual boat shows. The late Vincent Dee, working largely behind the scenes, as was his wont, arrayed the resources of the Thousand Islands Museum, the Clayton Chamber of Commerce, and most important, the Thousand Islands International Council, behind the Antique Boat Auxiliary. The Watertown Daily Times and its publisher, John B. Johnson, were solidly behind the effort, and proved prophetic in stressing the stimulus preservation of old boats provided by our Annual Antique Boat Show. Esther Levy, Publicity agent for the International Council devoted a great deal of her time, skill, and knowledge to promoting the museum's cause. She booked the "Bob and Bolling Show" on radio and TV stations, far and near - Bob Cox and Bolling Haxall, that is, with their collection of color slides of the boats and the shows. The National Bank of Northern New York, now Key Bank, supported our efforts from the beginning, providing support in finance and personnel. The Town and village of Clayton were most cooperative, initially providing dock space for the shows, and continuing in many other ways. The Clayton Chamber of Commerce provided broad support from the very earliest days.
The Clayton Antique Boat Show was the first of its kind in the world, and continues to be the model against which all of the more recent shows are measured. It is widely known as "the show to win!" This is largely because of the approach strongly advocated by Bob Cox and other members of the original committee, of providing unbiased judges of unquestioned character and competence for the increasingly difficult task of sorting out winners in the many classes of magnificent old boats entered in each show.