to the Editor
Letters to the
Editor Dick, Thank you for the copy of the latest
Brightwork ---- Great Job!!! My grandmother told stories
of riding on the Frontenac, and also sailed with my
grandfather on Harry Bull's boat to see the wreck
the day after it happened. She said it was kind of
strange to see it wrecked after having been onboard
many times. When we were kids, we used to snorkel
where she sank, but in the mid '60's there wasn't
much left, just a few ribs and planks. On a different
note, I have just unearthed a bunch of old files from
the formation of the Finger Lakes Chapter, ACBS. I
have a list of the "real" founding members, letters
from Ray Nelson, Mo Sherrill, etc., press releases
including one for the first formation meeting, and
a copy of the first FLC, ACBS newsletter from the
fall of 1978 entitled "Shorelines" which includes
a list of the boats and owners from the first FLC
show. I also have a storage crate full of FLC, ACBS
stuff from the late '70s and through the '80s that
I haven't even looked into yet. Did anybody ever find
the original FLC Charter? It was framed and hung on
the wall at the Deerhead Inn (Lower Lake Road, Seneca
Falls) for a number of years and then went missing.
Also, what ever happened to the "Best In Show" trophy?
I'll let you know what else I find as I go through
the crate of information.
Member George Zeth
I have no knowledge
of anyone having come across the original FLC Charter,
and no info on the Best In Show trophy. Also, wish
we had known that the original name of the FLC newsletter
had been Shorelines when we restarted the newsletter
as Brightwork back in the '80s. -Ed. Dick,
Many thanks for
the copy of the June Brightwork. I enjoyed your article
about the Frontenac. It's nice that your magazine
has room for several photos for one article. The Laura
Darragh was run on Cayuga Lake only in 1894 and 1895.
It was sold to the Seneca Lake Steam Navigation Co.
to run in concert with the Otetiani for the 1896 season.
It ran also in 1897, but contrary to published reports,
did not spend "many years" on Seneca Lake. The outbreak
of the Spanish American War had the US government
looking for troop transport ships and they felt that
the Darragh would be a good candidate. The S.L.S.N.Co
apparently sold the boat to the government in May
of 1898, and brought in the Frank Cummings, as a replacement
for the Darragh, to operate with the Otetiani for
the 1898 season. Thanks again for the newsletter.
Thanks from me
too, Dick. Nice job on the magazine, as usual. I especially
enjoyed learning about Lake Cayuga steamboat history,
as I had just returned from my 45th (gulp) Cornell
U. reunion. No signs of the burned up remains of the
side-wheeler, nor for that matter, of the trolley
car deliberately run off the Stewart Avenue bridge
into the gorge for a Pearl White "Perils of Pauline"
movie back when Ithaca was the Hollywood of the U.S.
So it goes. Jim Dierks, Editor Journal of the NY Museum
Dick, Just wanted
to let you know how much I enjoyed the last issue.
The content and print quality were outstanding! Thanks
for all your hard work. Dave Freund
for letting me know what happened to the June issue,
and thanks for all your hard work on the newsletter.
I look forward to receiving a copy of Brightwork.
Bob Korts ...PS: I am taking FLASH back to Tennessee
in September and taking her on the Tennessee River
Cruise. We will use her in Tennessee this fall and
next spring, and then return her to Canandaigua Lake
for next summer.
Hi Dick, The
show was great! You guys always do an awesome job!
Sorry we decided to leave early. It was a Murphy's
Law Weekend. As I told you, the left wheel bearings
on the trailer went while on our way to the Boat Show.
Then, during the parade and flybys, my Gray Fireball
started acting up -- the engine would suddenly cut
out. Finally, I took a ton of pictures, hoping to
send you some for the newsletter if any came out good.
But, Sunday morning, while taking some more, the camera
gave me a 'write error' message. Then it would not
read the card. So far I haven't been able to recover
the files. So it was all that, but mostly I didn't
want to be towing after dark in case something else
happened with the trailer. We made it home OK. Anyhow,
sorry to leave early, but wanted to let you know we
enjoyed the show very much. Look forward to seeing
you at the ACBS International Show. Best, JR (Kent)
Smith, Adirondack Chapter, ACBS