Every time I see a classic wooden Chris*Craft boat on a lake I am more impressed by their sleek appearance, design, charm, quality, and longevity. Even the most modern and speedy fiberglass speedboats cannot begin to compare with these marvels of boat building. The photo used for the blog header is of a Chris*Craft seen just this past weekend in northern Indiana. One of my favorite activities is to watch the local Chris*Craft Boat Owners Club parade their boats around the lake during the 4th of July Flotilla.
Here are just a few photos of their terrific and innovative wooden motor boat designs:
Chris*Craft is considered America’s oldest power boat builder. The company was incorporated by Christopher Columbus Smith in 1922 as the Chris Smith and Sons Boat Company in the charming town of Algonac, Michigan, located aside the St. Clair River delta. Today, the factory location is the site of the Algonac Harbour Club, a significant regional marina (see photo below).
Here are weblinks to the Chris*Craft Antique Boat Club from Cedar Rapids, Iowa and the Les Chenneaux Islands Antique Wooden Boat Show and Festival of the Arts in Hessel, Michigan – to be held August 13th. The boat show is a great way to see all kinds of classic and antique wooden boats while enjoying the beautiful Les Cheneaux Islands on Lake Huron’s north shore..
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The descendant of Christopher Columbus Smith died very unexpectedly, was Scott Calvin Dieter.
Here is Scott Calvin Dieter’s ancestry:
Henry M. Smith (Christopher Columbus Smith’s brother)
Estelle Mary Smith
Bette Lois Betwee
Beth Ann Laufer
Scott Calvin Dieter
Although, Scott Calvin Dieter was Christopher Columbus Smith’s descendant by adoption.