Spring Workshop at Mystic Seaport – Saturday April 1, 2017
Fifty-five hearty souls converged in the North Parking Lot at Mystic Seaport on Saturday, April 1, 2017 for the SNEC Spring Workshop. I say “hearty” as the weather was rainy, raw and extremely windy! You would have thought we were in the middle of January and not April 1st.
Our workshop started with a self-guided tour of the Watercraft Building. This building houses an extensive collection of vintage motors and boats not currently being displayed in the museum proper. Everyone was on their own to meander throughout the building, take pictures and ask questions.
Our members were free to go into the seaport proper and walk around looking at the exhibits – especially the new exhibition hall located across the street from the North Parking lot. This was a fascinating place with many beautiful artifacts and a self-guided tour.
From there we had an enjoyable lunch at Latitude 41 where it was nice and warm and we got to converse with old friends and many new chapter members. Chapter President Lynn McFarlin welcomed everyone and expressed her appreciation for the turnout in such conditions!
After lunch we walked over to the Mayflower II, owned by the Pilmoth Plantation, and is currently undergoing a multi-year restoration in the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard at the seaport. The restoration of the nearly 60 year old wooden ship is being carried out over several years with the project scheduled for completion in 2019. The purpose is to prepare the ship for the 400th anniversary in 2020 of the Pilgrims’ arrival in 1620. We were able to go walk around the ship, climb the stairs to the upper decks and see the restoration work “up close and personal”. We thank Dana Hewston, Quentin Snediker, Whit Perry and Matt Barnes (SNEC chapter member) for taking our questions and explain about the restoration.
In addition to the Mayflower II, the Viking longship Draken Harald Harfagre was hauled out on March 31st for several days of routine maintenance. The vessel has been spending the winter at Mystic Seaport after her 2016 expedition to North America from Norway. The Draken is a reconstruction of what the Norse Sagas refer to as a “Great Ship”. This was a beautiful ship and we were fortunate to be able to see her!
It was a great day and we all learned a lot! – Bette Heinzman, Chapter Secretary
On Saturday November 19th, 40 SNEC chapter members gathered at Gaetano’s Tavern on Main in Wallingford, for our annual dinner. Everyone was glad to see that Chris and Corrine Johnson were able to make the dinner and that Chris was coming along very well after his recent illness. The appetizers were great and as usual, Gaetano’s did an excellent job with our buffet dinner – there was something for everyone! The ice cream cake roll topped off the meal.
Chapter President Steve Haines thanked everyone for coming and gave a brief overview of the chapter financial – the chapter is in good financial condition, our July 2016 boat show as well as the great workshop that we had at Jim Murdoch’s in the early Spring. Steve advised the group that he would be stepping down as Chapter President due to his work schedule and that Lynn McFarlin had agreed to step into the President’s spot. In addition to Lynn being President, she will also continue to be Boat Show Chair as well as taking care of the boat show registrations. Steve introduced the proposed board for 2017 as follows: Officers: Lynn McFarlin, President, Ed Dombroskas, Vice President, Rob Bamberg Treasurer, and Bette Heinzman, Secretary; Board of Directors: Cliff McGuire, Wes Van Dine, Katie Haines, Mike Sorensen, Rob Sutton, Gail Van Dine, Katlyn Conkey, David McFarlin, Chris Johnson, Lee Heinzman and the (3) new board members, Rich Rosselli, Chris Enger and Andrew Robb. A vote was taken and the 2017 officers and board were approved unanimously. Steve also mentioned that we were looking to change our name from Mahogany Memories to something that would reflect both wooden boats as well as classic fiberglass. More on this soon.
Each year the Chapter President gets the honor of presenting the “President’s Cup” to someone in the Chapter who has helped to increase the visibility of the chapter and for 2016, Steve presented the Presidents Cup to Lynn McFarlin. Lynn thanked everyone for attending the dinner and reiterated what Steve had said about a name change. She also advised that we were looking into doing a workshop at Mystic in the Spring as the Mayflower is there being refurbished and that we would advise a date just as soon as we had more information.
Thanks to everyone who attended our Annual Dinner! It is always great to see old friends and new ones as well! – Bette Heinzman, Chapter Secretary
Lee and I journeyed up to the 52nd Annual Boat Show held in Clayton, NY the weekend of August 5-7. If you have never been up to the Thousand Islands, this is a must to put on your “bucket list”!
The show opened on Friday August 5th to heat, sun and humidity and lots of boats! This year’s Marquee boat was the “Dispro” (i.e., the disappearing propeller boat) and they were well represented with approximately 21 boats of various lengths and manufacturers and years. Chapter members Gail and Wes Van Dine had their 1950 Greavette Dispro named “Bounty” displayed on land with a great collection of period memorabilia, seat cushions, etc. All the Dispro’s exhibited, be it on the docks or on land, always had people milling about, taking pictures and speaking with the owners. Ian Dickerson, an authority on Dispro boats, gave a very interesting talk and used the boats on land to show visitors the various differences between the manufacturers.
Saturday again dawned hot and sunny and despite that, there was a very good crowd throughout the day. Judging started early and it was nice to see that there were exhibitors there who were experiencing their “first” Antique Boat Museum Show. The “Youth Judging”, sponsored by Hagerty Insurance drew a large number of kids and it was great to see the next generation of boating enthusiasts!
Antique Boat America started the boat auction right on time and although it was hot, bidding was spirited and all but 3 boats sold. The highlight of the auction was a 57 foot, 1924 Smith and Williams Motor Yacht named Kensington – a very large boat!
Sunday brought the awards ceremony and the Marquee was recognized throughout the ceremony. I am pleased to say that Wes and Gail’s boat “Bounty” won for Best Canadian Boat Other Than A Shepherd – congratulations! Our trip home was somewhat uneventful (with the exception of the 2 hour traffic delay) and Lee and I look forward to the 53rd annual show in 2017. – Bette Heinzman, Chapter Secretary
Once again our fleet of mahogany and chrome will rendezvous on the dock of the Connecticut River Museum in Essex, Connecticut. This years show will be July 8-10, with a member BBQ on Friday evening, show open to the public on Saturday followed by dinner and awards. Sunday we will cruise picturesque waters of the Connecticut River Valley. Registration info is here: 2016 Mahogany Memories Registration Package.
“Mahogany Memories” is hosted by the Southern New England Chapter (SNEC) of The Antique and Classic Boat Society (ACBS). The show features some of the finest examples of wooden boats by builders such as Chris-Craft, Gar Wood, Century, Lyman, Elco, Penn Yan, Fay & Bowen and other distinguished non-wood builders such as Glasspar, Mullins, MFG and Feather Craft. We hope that you will enjoy looking at these magnificent mahogany boats and that they bring back memories of earlier days when wooden pleasure boats were a common sight on the water. Please take this opportunity to talk with the boat owners to learn more about the joys of using and preserving these beautiful “woodies” and other memorable classics!
The ACBS in conjunction with the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, NY is hosting a symposium and workshop on May 8, 9 and 10th. It will be held at the museum in Clayton, New York.
This year’s program will be centered on replanking your boat, whether it is replacing a single plank or total replanking. The participants will have the opportunity of doing both carvel and lapstrake planking. Steam bending and stain matching will also be included. There will be boat rides and a tour of some of the boat collection that is not available to the public. It will be both an educational and a very fun week end.
Information about this and other symposiums can be found on the ACBS web site at http://www.acbs.org/symposiums.html
Once again our fleet of mahogany and chrome will rendezvous on the dock of the Connecticut River Museum in Essex, Connecticut. This years show will be July 10-12, with a member BBQ on Friday evening, show open to the public on Saturday followed by dinner and awards. Sunday we will cruise picturesque waters of the Connecticut River Valley. Registration info will be posted soon and we hope to see you there. In the mean time please enjoy the pictures from previous shows here.