The boat was delivered to Glen Island in The Bay of Quinte by steamboat from Port Charlotte, New York (near Rochester) in July of 1911. I have port of entry documents and the bill of sale dated July 11, 1911 ($415.00)
I purchased the R & H (Ralston & Harry) in 1981. Named after the owner’s two sons. She has travelled extensively on water as well as her trailer. In 40 years she has been restored three times, she is not a trailer queen and has acquired wear and tear over that period.
The construction is galvanized steel over oak ribs, brass hardware, all original, some wood has been replaced. There are galvanized air tanks (will not sink). At 8 mph you can smell the roses, we’ve smelled lots!
We know of no other 24 foot Leader Launch, it is believed that many steel boats were melted down for the war effort.
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