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Blair Bentick Cook  
Suddenly died in Ottawa on Thursday July 21st, 2005. Blair Cook of Ottawa & Quyon, survived by his beloved wife of 20 years P.J. (Tish) Cook (nee Burns). Only son of the late L.P.B (Ben) and Edna Cook. Blair was an avid sailor, antique boating enthusiast and lover of Belgian Horses as well a keen hobby farmer in Quyon, Quebec. Alumnus of Ryerson, Delta Sigma PHI and Past Commodore and life long member of the Britannia Yacht Club. A trustee of the B.B.C. Memorial Park (Baskins) and active A.C.B.S. member since 1981, retired from Revenue Canada Department of Taxation. Friends may call at the Tubman Funeral Homes, Westboro Chapel, 403 Richmond Road at Roosevelt on Monday from 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. In memory of Blair a service will be held in the Tubman Chapel on Wed at 11 am. Donations in Blair’s memory would be appreciated to either the Ottawa Heart Institute or the B.Y.C. Youth High Performance Team, Attn: Fleet Captain 2777 Cassels Street, Ottawa, ON K2B 6N6 . Condolences, tributes or donations may be made at

 The President's Message March, 2005
Greetings to all:
As I write this message, it's 78 degrees under clear blue skies and a long way from thoughts of winter weather. My wife, Anna, and I are spending six months in Orlando, FL and working for "The Mouse" in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. But that is another story.
Actually, we haven't escaped the winter weather completely -­we flew north for the Chapter's Annual Meeting in Skaneateles on January 22nd. There, we were treated to a few nights of ten-below-zero temperatures and 24 inches of snow. That was offset by a good Board of Directors Meeting on Saturday afternoon and an absolutely wonderful meal and Annual Meeting that evening. The Sherwood Inn's staff always does a great job for our event, and this year was no exception.
The Annual Meeting which followed the banquet, included the election of officers and directors, described later in this letter. Long-time member, Steve White, was presented the "President's Cup" for his many years of dedication, hard work, and service to the Finger Lakes Chapter. Steve is certainly deserving of this special award!
The speaker for the evening was Tony Mollica. Tony is a very well-known expert on antique and classic boats and the author of several books on the subject. His presentation included a slide show and description of many of the boats featured in his latest book. At the conclusion of his presentation he inscribed and signed several of his books which I am sure will be treasured by the recipients for many years to come. That concluded a fine evening -- one which will be fondly remembered for a long time!
This year your Board voted to change our constitution to increase the number of directors from four to seven. We are very pleased to welcome three new Board members - David Freund, Jack Gifford, and Bill Stinson - and look forward to working with them on Chapter activities. A complete list of the Board's makeup is included on page 3 of this newsletter. For the last three years, the January dates of the Annual Meeting have been accompanied with severe winter storms. In an attempt to avoid this problem, the affair has been changed to an autumn date, the next to be held on Saturday, November 12, 2005, at The Sherwood Inn in Skaneateles. More information will be forthcoming in future issues of Brightwork.
As many of you know, Roger and DeAnne Townsend have been enduring several health-related challenges. Fortunately, they both are on the mend and we all wish them well as they continue towards full recovery. During this period DeAnne, with Roger's help, was also handling production of the Chapter's newsletter, and the Chapter is indebted to them for their past efforts. However, to ease the burden and allow things to get back on an even keel, Dick Sherwood has agreed to pick up the newsletter beginning with this issue.
As the coming spring months appear on the horizon, it will soon be time to begin our annual ritual of getting our prized woodies ready for another season. For some, that will involve cleaning and polishing hulls and tuning engines. For others, it will involve major projects, including everything from refinishing to whole-hull rebuilding. There are some of us who have yet to take the plunge into becoming the owner of an old boat, although we are looking forward to that happening. Regardless of where you fall on the scale, the approach of spring is an exciting time of year. Your Board is busily planning events in which we can all participate, and as details are worked out, more information will be forthcoming. Vice President, Janice Miller, has organized a Spring Cruise which you will want to be sure to enjoy. Vice President and Boat Show Chair, Brad Wirth, is hard at work with co-chair, Arnie Rubenstein, putting together our premier event of the year, the 2005 Boat Show. I urge every member to take advantage of this opportunity to show your "pride and joy." Until our next issue of Brightwork, I wish you all safe and enjoyable boating!
Jack L. Miller, President
Finger Lakes Chapter, ACBS

From: Dick Sherwood
Subject:  Chapter Newsletter (Brightwork)
One of the Mission Statements of ACBS, is to "bring together people  with a common interest in historic, antique and classic boats, sharing  fellowship, information, experience and ideas."  Toward that end, I'd like  to run a column in each issue of Brightwork that is aimed at describing  what FLC members are currently doing in various aspects of antique  boating.  It would cover items like the following:
Who is restoring (or having restored) what model, make, year,  etc., of boat with a few accompanying words describing current  status, problems or other aspects of interest.
*  Who has just acquired a boat, any interesting info about the boat  and their plans for it.
Who is working on a restoration but is uncertain about some  aspect of the rebuild or whether or not they have the right engine, hardware,  burgee, etc.
*  Who has a "new" boat that will make it's appearance at this  summer's boat shows.
*  Who won awards at this summer's boat shows (other than ours,  we'll have all of that info published in the Sept. newsletter)
An on-going series of brief articles about "who is up to what" might just  be a catalyst for others to get to work on their delayed restoration plans and further motivate still others to get more deeply involved, especially if they know that there are others "in the same boat" working on similar  challenges.
Please consider sending along an e-mail covering your particular  project. Don't worry about composition, grammar, etc.  That's  easily sorted out. Pictures are welcomed, prints or digital. Also, please note publication dates.  The next one is June 1st, and if  you can give me the better part of May to finalize the issue, I'd sure  appreciate it.
Thanks in advance.
Dick Sherwood
PS.  If you have or would like to write articles that you would  like to share with other Chapter members via the newsletter, please let me know  and we'll work out the details of publishing them.

Chapter Elects New Officers and Directors
Director-elect Jack Gifford and First Vice President-elect Rob Kidd
Janet and Director-elect Bill Stinson
Director-elect Dave Freund
Second Vice President-elect and Boat Show Chair 
Brad Wirth and his wife, Lisa
Joint Chapter Meeting Set for April 16th  
Hosted by the Niagara Frontier Chapter, members of the Adirondack, Finger Lakes, Hudson River, Niagara Frontier, North Coast Ohio, Thousand Islands, Toronto and Wine Country Chapters of ACBS and the Finger Lakes Boating Museum are invited to the eighth Annual Joint ACBS Chapter Meeting scheduled for April 16th at the Ramada Inn on the north shore of Seneca Lake in Geneva, NY.  A social gathering will begin at 5:30pm, followed by dinner at 7:00.  
The speaker for the evening will be Joe Jakubik from International Chimney Corp. in Buffalo.  Joe was the company’s Project Manager on the move of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in 1999.  That move saved the historic lighthouse (constructed between 1868 and 1870) from the encroaching sea by pulling it inland some 1600 feet.  Joe’s talk and slide presentation should be of interest to anyone with a nautical bent and an interest in saving unusual structures of historic value.  
A buffet dinner is planned at $30.US/person and special dietary needs can be accommodated.  This is always a well attended event, but seating for dinner is limited to 200, so be sure to get your reservations in early.  They must be received not later than April 10th.  Please use the form on page 5 of this news-letter for dinner reservations.  
Rooms are also available at $69.US/night for those wishing to remain overnight.  Call the Ramada Inn at 800-990-0907 or 315-789-0400 for room reservations and mention The Antique and Classic Boat Society to get this special room rate.  
Questions? Call Sharon Dickinson at 716-574-0435. 
Name(s) _______________________________ 
Address ________________________________ 
Telephone ______________________________ 
Primary Chapter _________________________ 

Special Dietary Needs ____________________ 
No. Attending Dinner _________ 

x $30.00US per person = 

Total Amount Enclosed $__________ 

Make checks payable to:
Niagara Frontier Antique and Classic Boats
Return this form with your payment not later than
April 10th 2005
to: Jennifer Frederick Kelly
109 June Rd.
Elma, NY  14059

The Morehouse Committee of the Finger Lakes Boating Museum will hold a meeting on Saturday March 26th at 10 AM at Mike Morehouse's. Ed Wightman will bring us up to date on his recent meeting with Dominic Jacangelo  Deputy Commissioner for Upstate Regions NYS Parks.
We will review the State's latest proposal for code updates and improvements for the Morehouse Building.

George Zeth    Morehouse Program Chairman

Owasco Lake Spring Cruise - May 28th
Does gliding across a silvery lake in a vintage boat on a brilliant warm day under clear blue skies with the sun dancing off the water have appeal?  If so, here’s just what you’ve been waiting for!
The Chapter has organized a Spring Cruise leaving from the north end of Owasco Lake, cruising to the Cascade Restaurant for lunch at the foot of the lake, stopping at FLC member, Dick Curvin’s summer home on Seward’s Point on the way back north to see his extensive boat and antique outboard motor collection, before returning to the launch ramp later in the afternoon.  And our plan is to provide each boat with a booklet covering points of interest along the way.
Eleven-mile-long Owasco Lake is the sixth largest of the Finger Lakes.  Launching will take place at the state ramp on the Owasco Outlet in Emerson Park at the north end of the lake not later than 11:00am on Saturday, May 28th, followed by a leisurely cruise down the west shore to the restaurant where there are excellent docks for several boats.  Lunch will be ordered from the menu and afterwards, we’ll be treated to a tour of Dick Curvin’s extensive nautical collection.
Hard reservations aren’t required, but it will be helpful to have a handle on numbers beforehand.  Please contact Janice Miller to let her know of your plans.  If you don’t have a boat, we’ll find the needed extra seats in another member’s boat.  Janice can be reached at 315-382-2924 evenings, or at  See you on the 28th!

Calendar of Events
March 20 FLC Board of Directors Meeting (3pm) The Sherwood Inn, Skaneateles, NY
April 16 Joint Chapter Meeting Ramada Inn, Geneva, NY
April 17 FLC Board of Directors Meeting (3pm) The Sherwood Inn, Skaneateles, NY
April 22-24 2005 ACBS Antique Motor Boating Symposium The Mariner’s Museum, Newport News, VA
May 28 FLC Spring Cruise Owasco Lake, Auburn, NY
May 22 FLC Board of Directors Meeting (3pm) The Sherwood Inn, Skaneateles, NY
June 11 Boat Show Dock Installation Clift Park, Skaneateles, NY
June 12 FLC Board of Directors Meeting (3pm) The Sherwood Inn, Skaneateles, NY
July 29-30 FLC Annual Boat Show Clift Park, Skaneateles, NY
Sept. TBD Boat Show Dock Removal Clift Park, Skaneateles, NY
Sept. 14-17 ACBS Annual Meeting & Boat Show Lake of the Ozarks, MO
Nov. 12 FLC Annual Meeting The Sherwood Inn, Skaneateles, NY

FLC Board of Directors Meetings
Interested Chapter members are always welcome to attend the meetings of the FLC Board of Directors.  Meetings are held every month with two exceptions – December and February –at 3:00pm at the Sherwood Inn in Skaneateles.  Meeting dates for the next quarter are listed in the Calendar of Events shown above.  After each meeting, members and guests are also welcome to stay and enjoy a meal together (Dutch treat).

Geno Giovannetti
Barbara Giovannetti has advised that her husband, Geno, passed away in August 2003.  Barbara has continued her ACBS and FLC memberships and asked that the Giovannetti Award for Authenticity be continued at Chapter Boat Shows.  Barbara and Geno were the parents of Steve Giovannetti, an FLC member and avid antique boater who passed away in 1994.  The Authenticity Award was established in Steve’s memory.  Thank you, Barbara, for your continued support.

Passages Dick Wycoff FLC Founding Member February 23, 2004

Boating Safety – More Than Just on the Water
It was a beautiful summer day.  One of upstate New York’s finest.  I was “working” out of G-Section (the garage).  Not much happening.  My partner (wife) was preparing for the day.  Things were quiet.  Life was good.
It was the day we had planned to take the boat south to the Finger Lakes, launch it and enjoy some quality time on the water.  Had done it several times before.  Nothing new here.  Best to gas up down at the Country Store where the price was reasonable.  Partner would be ready by the time I returned.
I hooked up the rig and headed for the store.  Out on the highway, I casually checked the trailer through the rear-view mirrors and noticed that the left trailer wheel seemed to be wobbling.  Didn’t think it was excessive but kept an eye on it.  Pulled into the gas pump OK, filled up the tank and started the two mile run back home.  Trailer wheel seemed to be wobbling a little more.  Best to go easy and make sure I could make it home OK.
Got there and gave the wheel a once-over.  If there was something wrong, it wasn’t obvious.  Lugs were all there and tight.  Need to look further, but need some jacks, pull the wheel, etc.  Maybe a major problem.  Best to take it to a garage and get professional help.  May need parts.
It was five miles to the nearest garage and I very carefully nursed the rig slowly down the road generally ignoring the backed-up traffic I was causing, but making sure to minimize any side-loading on the wheel.  I made it to the garage and gingerly pulled the rig into a bay where the trailer could be worked on.  The mechanic jacked up the trailer and the left wheel fell completely off the axle from its own weight!
Now the problem was obvious – both wheel bearings were shot.  The wheel spindle (axle) hadn’t yet been damaged, so two new replacement bearings solved the problem along with a generous amount of wheel bearing grease.  And a check of the right trailer wheel confirmed that although its problems weren’t critical yet, it needed the same treatment.
So what went wrong?  Well, I was to blame.  The trailer wheel bearings were properly equipped with “bearing buddies” but I had failed to keep them supplied with grease so they could do their job.  As a result, the bearings had rusted, and although they hadn’t run completely dry, rust and corrosion had caused them to wear heavily and break up.  It had all the makings of a situation that could have caused a catastrophe.
To avoid the above, all I had to do was fill each bearing buddy with a full charge of bearing grease at the end of each boating season just before the boat is laid up for the winter.  By doing so, residual water in the bearings is expelled, the bearings are coated and thoroughly protected with grease during storage, and they are ready to run throughout the next boating season.  Then, before setting out on the road in the spring, it makes good sense to double-check each wheel to confirm that it is firmly on its axle with no sign of loose bearings.
Pay attention to those trailer bearings.They’re critical to safe boating! The story you have just read is true.  Only the names and places have been omitted to protect the guilty…..

Brightwork is the quarterly newsletter of the Finger Lakes Antique and Classic Boat Society Chapter, Ltd., aka the Finger Lakes Chapter of The Antique and Classic Boat Society, Inc., and is published for the benefit of Finger Lakes Chapter Members.  Publication dates are March 1st, June 1st, Sept. 1st and Dec.1st.  Questions, articles for publication, letters to the editor, noncommercial ads, etc., should be sent to Dick Sherwood, 1734 Lake Rd., Webster, NY  14580
Ph. 585-265-1518; Fax 585-265-4375
Commercial ads should be sent to Jack Miller, Box 357, Homer, NY  13077 or; Ph. 607-749-7173
Commercial Ads
Future issues of Brightwork will include commercial (paid) advertising.  Commercial ads will help offset the cost of printing, publishing and mailing the newsletter four times per year.  Commercial advertisers should contact Jack Miller at Box 357, Homer, NY  13077 or; Ph. 607-749-7173
Non-Commercial Ads
Noncommercial ads (including photos) covering boats and boating items For Sale, Wanted, and Wanted For Trade will be included as a service to Finger Lakes Chapter members.  Forward noncommercial ads to Dick Sherwood at or in hardcopy at 1734 Lake Rd., Webster, NY  14580.

It's a pleasure to welcome the following new members who have joined the Chapter in the last 14 months:
 Michael & Dorothy Chernago of Cortland, NY
 Matt Colbert of Ithaca, NY
 John & Jean Coleman of Rochester, NY
 Merle Cunningham of New York, NY
 Brian & Lynn Dombrowski of Seneca Falls, NY
 Bill & Jan Edwards of Auburn, NY
 Ted & Rebecca Hall of North Canton, OH
 Peter & Jo Ann Maxson of Brockport, NY
 Floyd & Joyce Morris of Homer, NY
 Steve & Beth Pier of Seneca Falls, NY
 Ken & Carol Steigelman of Cooperstown, NY
 Bill & Janet Stinson of Skaneateles, NY
 Jamie & Deb Strong of Skaneateles, NY
 Tom & Betty Strongman of Cape Vincent, NY
 Richard & Julie Uhlig of Ithaca, NY
I Thank you all for your memberships in the Antique and Classic Boat Society and the Finger Lakes Chapter.
FLC's membership level through the month of February is 168,24 below where we ended last year. However, this issue of Brightwork is being sent to everyone who was a member at the close of 2004. Please see the enclosed copy of the 2005 FLC Membership Roster to check your membership status. We hope you'll want to maintain your FLC membership and continue to receive Brightwork. It's not too late to renew! If you know of someone in the Finger Lakes area or someone who summers in the region and who has a penchant for antique boats, why not suggest memberships in ACBS and FLC?
For a membership form click here
Dick Sherwood - Membership Chairperson 585-265-1518

Partners Trust to Again Sponsor Annual Boat Show
Members of the Chapter's Board of Directors have been meeting regularly with the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce planning this year's Annual Boat Show. Good progress is being made and it's a pleasure to announce that Partners Trust in Skaneateles will again be the show's Official Sponsor. Since 1998, the bank and its predecessors have been the show's primary sponsors. Many thanks to Partners Trust for their continued support and confidence in the Chapter's efforts.

2004 Boat Show in    Classic Boating
Congratulations to Jamie & Deb Strong whose Lyman Islander is beautifully shown on the cover of the March/April issue of CLASSIC BOATING magazine. Even though the weather tried not to cooperate, that issue contains a remarkable 14-page spread of excellent photography covering last year's FLC Boat Show. Single copies of the March/April issue are available to non-subscribers for $6.25 US per copy from CLASSIC BOATING, 280 Lac La Belle Dr., Oconomowoc, WI 53066-1648. Delivery takes 6-8 weeks. 
Addition to Annual Boat Show? »Your Opinion Is Needed«
In an attempt to add a new dimension to the Chapter's Annual Boat Show, consideration is being given to establishing a "trading site" for things related to vintage boats. The site would be located at the eastern edge of the village of Skaneateles where it would not detract from the Boat Show proper, be easily accessible, and operate primarily on Friday of Boat Show weekend. It would provide a location where antique boats-for-sale could be displayed by owners, flea marketers could show their treasures, nautical vendors could demonstrate their products, restorers could promote their services, and with sufficient interest and participation, a vintage boat auction might evolve.
However, before proceeding with detailed planning, the Chapter needs an expression of interest from FLC members, pro, con or indifferent. If you're on-line, please send your reactions to Brad Wirth, Boat Show Chair, or give him a call at 315-673-0134. To make the trading site a possibility for this year's Boat Show, we need your reactions ASAP, Please let us hear from you at your earliest convenience.

Dock Market
FOR SALE:  Rare 1927 20-ft. Gesswein Sportabout (hull #7) with original 6 cyl. Van Blerck engine.  Twin cockpit with unusual facing rear seats.  Brass hardware & leather upholstery.  Boat & engine fully restored; both in excellent condition.  Custom trailer.  Asking $35,000.  Barbara Giovannetti, 315-947-5532 or

FOR SALE:  1920s-vintage 14-ft. Sutherland double-ended trout boat in good condition.  Asking $2000. OBO.  Also, 1910? 16-ft. Edwin Long rowboat in very good condition with original oars.  Asking $3000. OBO.  Garrit Heerkeens, 585-924-3923.

FOR SALE:  1955 Century Resorter with 135hp Gray Marine engine.  Boat & engine each ready for reassembly.  Great project boat.  New upholstery & restored original trailer.  Asking $7000. OBO  Loretta Prusha, 607-962-4055. 

Last August during a trip to Maine, we visited the Brooklin Boat Yard.. There, I recognized the bare wooden frame of a boat I hadn't seen in years. Three things make an article about that boat of interest:
1. For its size, the boat has an immediately identifiable and unusual if not unique, torpedo stem,
2. The boat is undergoing a total and unusual restoration -- it serves as its own template as it is parted out, piece by piece. When the restoration is complete, an entirely new boat will stand in place of the original, and 3. It has an interesting history. Many thanks to Steve White at Brooklin Boat Yard and to Kirk Reynolds, Captain of the APHRODITE, for their assistance in preparing this article.
More info is available on the web at -Dick Sherwood.
"APHRODITE" was built by the Purdy Boat Co. and launched May of 1937 for Wall Street financier and later Ambassador to the Court of St. James,. John Hay (Jock) Whitney of Manhasset, Long Island. Best described as a "Commuter Yacht," this elegant and sleek  74 footer would, each morning, whisk Mr. Whitney from his large two-story boat house westward down Long Island Sound and through the East River to his Wall Street office. During the 45 minute commute. ) Mr. Whitney would go up to the forward cockpit and read the Herald Tribune to catch up on the day's news.
APHRODITE's guest list over the years reads like a "Who's Who" in the worlds of government, business and entertainment with such luminaries as Fred Astaire, Sir Lawrence Olivier, Spencer Tracy, Katherine Hepburn, Henry Ford II, FDR advisor Harry Hopkins and Nelson Rockefeller aboard for summer day cruises down Long Island Sound. APHRODITE also once served as the site for a birthday party for Shirley Temple.

The day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Mr. Whitney offered APHRODITE to the government for War service and the boat was commissioned in April 1942 as a Coast Guard auxiliary vessel (CGR-557). It spent most of its war-time career ferrying dignitaries up and down the Atlantic coast and transporting President Roosevelt to and from his home at Hyde Park on the Hudson River.

In the early 1960's Mr. Whitney no longer needed such a large boat so he donated it to Anthony Drexel Duke and Boy's Harbor, a summer program for disadvantaged inner ­city youth which operated on Mr. Duke's estate at East Hampton, Long Island.
In the late 1960's or early 1970's APHRODITE was renamed MOONFIRE and under that name it went through a series of owners under which its condition quickly deteriorated to the point where it was parked ashore with weeds sprouting around its neglected hull.

Around 1970, Mr.John Pannell started a marine repair business (Harbor View Marine) on the site of of the old Purdy Boat Company  where APHRODITE was originally built. In 1983 Mr.  Parnell was approached by a gentleman from New Jersey who told him he had just bought an old boat  and asked if he would be interested in a restoration project. He added "the boat's got MOONFIRE on the transom but I think it's APHRODITE"! The boat was launched and towed back to its original birth place where it was then hauled out and restoration work began.

The unexpected death of the New Jersey man shortly after work was begun brought restoration efforts to a temporary halt. Work began again in earnest when John Pannell accepted ownership of APHRODITE from the heirs as payment for work in progress.

After relaunching in 1984, APHRODITE could be seen traveling up and down the East Coast and in attendance at many classic boat events where it garnered many a prize.
In the fall of 2000, John Pannell sold APHRODITE to its present owner, a true classic boat enthusiast. Despite Pannell's loving attention to the boat, the new owner found that overall the boat was in an advanced state of deterioration. He  could not stop the clock and retain the boat's past glory. In the late fall of 2003, APHRODITE was delivered to the Brooklin Boat Yard where a complete restoration of the boat is returning it to its original appearance while bringing all ship's systems up to today's standards. The first stage of this project was to extensively catalog all aspects of the boat for later reference. Once this historical documentation was completed, forms were placed into the boat to retain the hull's shape. Next, the job of disassembly began with the removal of the deck, superstructure, bulkheads, all interior structures and ship's systems leaving only the hull in place.
Reconstruction began with the replacement of the original backbone, stem, floors and the reframing of the intricate curves of APHRODITE's signature torpedo stem. Next on the list was the removal of the original hull planking and the fastening of temporary rib bands to the original frames. After all planking was removed, new white oak frames were fabricated and steam bent into position, and the original frames were removed.

On September 2, 2004 the final original frame (last wood of the original boat) was removed marking the transition from old to new. Work on this project continues at a rapid pace with interior longitudinal stringers, blocking for shaft and rudder apertures and bulkheads being fabricated and fitted into place .
Once all structure work has been completed replanking of the hull (as original donble­planked and copper riveted Philippine mahogany) will begin followed by ship's systems installations and the reconstruction of the interior accommodations spaces, decks and superstructure. Ship's systems will, of course, be of a more modern nature than those with which the boat was originally equipped, but interior accommodations, deck and superstructure will be as originally  built. 
 Original power was a pair of 800 HP V12 Packards that moved the boat faster than its contract speed of' 38 MPH. These engines were replaced by 1350 HP Packards and there followed 1500 HP Packards when the government took the boat over in 1942. Supposedly, it did 60 MPH with those engines and it became the pace-setter for all PT boats built during World War II. Later engines included 275 HP Hall-Scotts, 275 HP GM diesels and lastly, 350 HP V8 Crusaders. A final all-out run just before the start of restoration reached 25 knots and caused an engine to blow! 

A pair of new Caterpillar C-18 diesels "painted black with plenty of chrome," each rated at 1001 HP, has now been installed for maximum reliability. A new variable speed reduction gear has also been installed so that at low engine RPM, the boat won't be doing eleven knots (theoretical speed at the normal operating [lowest] ratio of 1.03). 
The engines will be electronically controlled and the control units are being modified so that the original helm controls can still be used. Top speed is predicted to be an impressive 41 knots! 

APHRODITE, restored to her original grandeur, is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2005.
Launching is scheduled for June.
Concluding comment: When leaving the boatyard, we passed a dumpster over-flowing with discarded original wood from the restoration. A piece of a rib with a compound bend from the torpedo stern pleaded to be saved. Haven't yet decided what to do with it! -Dick Sherwood.

  The Century Boat Club has an on line registry of boats.  All makes and models are welcome.
To register as a guest does not require Century Boat Club Membership.  You can list as many boats that you would want and upload photographs.  It is all free and easy to use.
best regards Frank Miklos

Calendar Of Events 2005
Wine Country-Finger Lakes-Niagara Frontier-Thousands Island-Adirondack and Toronto Chapter of ACBS Inc.
Date Chapter Event
Jan 8-16 2005 Toronto Boat Show
Jan 22 Finger Lakes Annual Dinner
Feb 19 Niagara Frontier Workshop
Feb 19 Toronto Workshop
Feb 19-20 Wine Country Women's Workshop
Mar 12 Niagara Frontier Think Spring Party
Mar 20 Mt. Dora Boat Show
April 16 Multi Chapter Dinner 8th Annual Dinner
April 23 Toronto Spring Tour
April 30 Niagara Frontier Spring Work Shop
May 7 Finger Lakes Work Shop
May 28 Harveys Lake Boat Show
June 4 Sodus Bay Boat Show
June 18 Niagara Frontier Summer Picnic
June 19 Wine Country Spring Cruise
July 8-10 Toronto Muskoka Boat Show
July 8-10  Adirondack Fulton Chain Rendezvous
July 8-10  1000 Island Boat Show
July 15-17 Wine Country Hammondsport Boat Show
July 29-31 Finger Lakes Skaneateles Boat Show
Aug 4-7  Antique Boat Museum Clayton Boat Show
Aug 13  Toronto ACBS Toronto Rendezvous
Aug 27-28 Adirondack Lake George Rendezvous
Sept 8-10 Niagara Frontier Annual Boat Show
Sept 16-18 Wine Country Fall Cruise
Sept 23-25 Finger Lakes Fall Cruise
Oct 22 Niagara Frontier Work Shop
Nov 5 Wine Country Work Shop
Dec 3 Wine Country Annual Meeting
Dec 3 Niagara Frontier Annual Meeting

 WHO's at the Helm"     Finger Lakes Chapter, ACBS
Jack Miller 607-749-7173 
First Vice President 
Brad Wirth 315-673-0134 
Second Vice President 
Rob Kidd 315-635-6187 
Third Vice President 
Janice Miller 315-496-2924 
Fourth Vice President 
Bill Gregory 315-685- 7646 
Shirley Marsden 315-253-7505 
Anna Miller 607-749-7173 
Bernie Clapp 315-625-4568 
Dave Freund 315-469-7222 
Jack Gifford 315-446-2440 
Arnie Rubenstein 315-637-8522 
Dick Sherwood 585-265-1518 
Bill Stinson 315-497-2076 
Steve White 315-685-0252 
Directors At Large 
Diane Schwenke 315-675-9755 
Ron Svec 607-657-2748 
Past President 
Roger Townsend 607-775-2487 
Membership & Newsletter 
Dick Sherwood 585-265-1518 
Past Presidents
Scott Buehler 1998 - Arnie Rubenstein 1996-1997 - Dick Sherwood 1992-1995 - Susan Buehler 1988-1991 - George Zeth 1987
Jim Brennan 1984-1986 - Bob Myllymaki 1982-1983 - Syd Marsden 1979-1981- Ford Knight 1977-1979
Jim Brennan, Fred Curry, Jerry Feltus ,Ford Knight, Syd Marsden, Richard Morehouse, Dick Wyckoff, George Zeth

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