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20' 6" Feet 1910 Chestnut Canoe Launch

THE LAUNCH • 1910 Chestnut Canoe Launch • St. Lawrence 2 hp, one cylinder engine, Brockville, Ontario • Purchased by Roy Simpson, Carols grandfather, from Mr. Stevens, an executive of the Dennis Canadian Lumber Company in Whitney, Ontario in about 1919. • The launch carried three generations of the Simpson family across the waters of her home, Long Lake, near Whitney, Ontario first generation from 1919 to 1942. • During World War II, Simpson family vacations in Whitney were put on hold. • Second generation of the Simpson family, Geary Simpson, Carols father started camping in Whitney, Ontario and using the launch in 1952, Carol Simpson was 6 years old. • The Launch was stored in a boat house on the river with a hoist to take her up out of the water at the end of the summer. After the war, a higher dam was built across the river, and this raised the level of the water so much that it covered The Launch. Carols’ father and grandfather rescued The Launch from the bottom of the Madawaska River in Whitney, Ontario. With a lot of time and love for The Launch she was brought back to life. Luckily, the ca. 1910 engine was still in production at the St. Lawrence Engine Company in Brockville, Ontario. In 1955 The Launch was back on the lake for the first time since its submersion in the boathouse. • Due to the difficulty of moving The Launch from the basement of the Simpsons cabin The Launch was put in storage in 1961 while Carols’ father, Geary Simpson pondered alternative ways to launch her. In 1968, Carol’s grandfather died. Her father was making plans to bring The Launch out of storage just shortly before her father passed away in 1982. • Third generation of the life of The Launch started in 1983 with Carol Simpson and her husband Doug Williams traveling to Whitney. They discovered dry rot in the hull and was determined to move the boat out of the damp basement and to look for a knowledgeable restorer. Two years later, after many long hours of repairing and rebuilding and some remanufacturing pieces The Launch was transformed and ready to begin her third life in July of 1985. • “The Launch” fell into the hands of Rick Gardner after the death of Carol Simpson in August 2016.

26 Feet 1936 Custom Commuter

1936 26’ Custom Commuter found in a boat house on a canal between Ashland St and Gray Haven Island in Detroit bordering Gross Pointe. It was across the canal from DYC Commodore Gar Wood’s mansion. Both properties are across the Detroit River from the Detroit Yacht Club on Belle Isle. Plenty of boating history in this location. We have the Coast Guard Hull card and the builder’s Coast Guard picture ID. The hull was laid in 1936. Gar Wood made a 1936 26’ Hull in 1935-1936. The hull is very similar to a Gar Wood Hull but the definitive plans were lost. All the bottom, sides and roof structure are original wood including the original the beautiful transom. It is all old growth mahogany. It swells perfectly in 24 hours yearly. The motor is original to the boat and the flat head 8 cylinder runs and powers the boat through the water perfectly. All the inside mahogany is new, the upholstery is new, the cabin top and Headliner is new, all the trim is custom stainless and period fittings are re chromed. 2 new automatic bilge pumps and blower are new for safety. Depth finder and inverter have also been added. All the dash gauges and switches are new and the shifter for the drive is attached to a Velvet Drive for smooth linkage fee operation. A hidden depth finder, stereo and power inverter were added for convenience and enjoyment. The canopy is new sunbrella. This is a one off boat and totally custom. The history of finding the boat and launching it are must reads from articles in the Brass Bell. They will detail the story completely. Under my ownership the boat was always in the water in a covered boathouse on Torch Lake , Michigan and stored on the custom bunk trailer fabricated for maximum hull support in the winters in a new insulated Pole Barn with no supplemental heat. It has been stripped of hardware and varnished every 3 years and professionally winterized with spring service on tune up, fluids and water test trial each year. I own multiple collectible rare boats and this one is the show stopper. Contact with the experienced restorer is available.

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