Skipjack was found floating in a boathouse at Ardencaple on Tondern Island. Our purpose in visiting the boathouse was to look at 2 Ditchburn rowing skiffs but the ladies in the group noticed Skipjack and it was love at first sight. Alas the rowing skiffs went to others but Skipjack became ours in 1986. Although she had a storied past her first owners were the Mellons of Squirrel Island in Beaumaris. Despite her age she was in very good shape and only required a new keel and three hull planks on each side. A canopy was added for protection from sun and rain.
In 1989, on the advice of Ken Mac Stephen, a brass laden Buffalo engine was purchased from Everett Mac Farlane. Every summer she has wandered the sparkling waters of the Lake of Bays — in particular Trading Bay. Since that time she has attended a few boat show with the furthest away being Westport and Rideau Ferry.
After over a hundred years of running she still retains her beauty and is still our families’ favorite”launch”. photo taken by the late Phyllis Ferguson in her boathouse on Norway Point and others by Tim DuVernet.
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