1920's Wooden Boat
by Bill C.
Hope someone can help identify my 16' row boat.
All I know about it is from verbal history.
It was built in the 1920's and has been stored since the owner died in 1936.
It is from New Baltimore, MI which is near Algonac at the top of Lake St. Clair where a lot of boat building was done in that era.
It is a very solid boat built from what looks like fir with white oak decking.
So far I have not found any rot on the boat and the bronze fasteners seam to be in good condition.
Construction is single plank batten and seam.
The unusual looking hardware is brass liftring, breastplate cover, cutwater, and transom trim.
And copper deck nails with a star molded into the head.
It is a very narrow boat - only 45" at the widest point and 33" at the transom.
I'm thinking it could be a very early build from one of the big guys like Dunphy, Century, or Chris Craft, but is more likely from some start-up boat company that didn't make it.
It has the hull shape of the Dodge boats from the thirties, albeit much narrower.
And the construction of a Century, but I don't think they go back that far.
My current thinking is to make it an electric launch with a Torggedo motor and a full canopy - something like you would see from The Canadian Electric Boat Co.
Not sure on that so any input will be appreciated.
Hope you guys can help - enjoy the site very much,