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A wintery visit to the stunning “woodies” at the Discovery Centre.

December 2, 2018 in Uncategorized


As winter arrives in Muskoka, Ontario, the beautiful vintage wooden boats at Gravenhurst’s Discovery Centre have been hoisted from the soon-to-be solid ice, and laid on cross beams to hibernate until late spring. This provides the advantage of even better viewing.
Enjoy the photos below.

Enormous resources of funds, energy and exeprtise have been poured into Miss Canada IV to restore her to former glory.

Miss Canada IV won the Harmsworth Trophy in 1949, after attaining speeds of 138,9 mph. Later in Picton, Ontario, she suffered a gear box blow-out at speeds approaching 200 mph!

Miss Canada IV is poweered by a 3000 hp. Rolls Royce Griffon engine.

Chrome rails support the canvas top of this charming classic. Was this technique really all that inferior to current methods of protection from the elements?

A beautiful barrel -back with an external rudder.

Greavtte Streamliners, with their rounded sheer lines, are highly sought after by collectors.

A chunky Shepherd?

“Malolo”, an early gentleman’s racer with a very generous “rub-rail”.

A beautiful long deck launch, likely a Minette Shields or Ditchburn.

Patiently awaiting spring, 2019!

All eight feet of this tiny, 1930s “woody” are powered by a small two cylinder engine. What child wouldn’t delight in this model?

A beautifully restored “John Bull” model Disappearing Propeller Boat

Stay tuned for the upcoming video from the Muskoka Discovery Centre.

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