Antique & Classic Boat Magazine November-December 2001 Volume I. Issue 6
 
Tied up at their own docks are two beautiful cruise boats, owned by Mid-Lakes Navigation Company, reminiscent of earlier steamboats used on the Lake.  The Judge Ben Wiles hosted a wedding party during the boat show as well as tours and dinner cruises around the Lake.
 
Blair and Tish Cook not only brought Felice, their pristine 1916 Bassett Guide Boat but several canoes that were displayed on land.  However, Blair spent most of the day at their antique rope making apparatus, circa early 1900s, demonstrating how traveling rope makers manufactured lengths of rope needed on the farms.  There was always a crowd around Blair, plenty of volunteers and five-foot samples for every child who wanted one.
 
Sitting patiently amidst the canoes on display, Wendy  Marsden Fetridge spent her day demonstrating how cane seats were made and continue to be made today.  When not sharing her talents with cane, she and her sister Karen were plying the clear waters of Skaneateles Lake in their vintage canoe in period clothing. 
 

 
A broad spectrum of canoes were well represented on land display (circa 1890s through early 1900s). 
Fine examples of  Skaneateles Boat & Canoe Company, a beautiful  Peterborough, and Old Town canoes to name a few.  There was also the Sutherland Boat & Coach's, Cattowompus, a  reproduction 16' sailing canoe and Windchill, an Albert  Durkee 1920's Iceboat,
built in Homer NY.  The Durkee was designed after the Hudson River Class of Iceboats which are still raced today in the Hudson River Valley.
 
Windchill is a gaff rig 24' racer with a mainsail and a club footed jib that is self tacking, The skipper has to lie on his or her back in the basket and steer by reaching back over their head as the tiller is behind them. This type of racer can reach speeds of 40 mph, a ride not for the faint of heart. 

Other land displays of very diverse power were Hot Pepper, a three point hydro, and Syd and Shirley Marsden's S.L Eagle, A 1905 21'9" Ingeson Steam Launch. S.L.Eagle was not intended for a land display but unfortunately, something let loose in the boiler system at the launch ramp which could not be quickly repaired 
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Morley Smith's Miss Conception at 20'6" offers a rare opportunity to see a historic, one of a kind race boat built originally in 1913 to compete in the Harmsworth Trophy competitions. She has several interesting design features that were pretty radical for the times,hence the name, Miss Conception. Instead of the bottom being concaved, it is convex with a step amidships. She has a surface-piercing propeller that reduces drag on the propeller shaft and strut. Morley found this rare boat rotting away, researched her history and rebuilt her himself. Last year we were fortunate enough to have a ride with Morley in Miss Conception which difies description.
 
Directly across the street is the Sherwood Inn, orignally built around 1806 by Isaac Sherwood as a tavern and stagecoach stop. Today the owners of the Sherwood are active sponsors of the Finger Lakes ACBS Annual show and they served several meals on the grounds for the particpants. The Inn has twenty guestrooms filled with antiques and the lobby was a popular meeting place for boating friends to gather .


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