CRUSOE is a 1936, 24 foot, Greavette, custom triple cockpit launch built for Albert Leroy Ellsworth, the owner of Crusoe Island, one of the Seven Sisters on Lake Muskoka near Beaumaris. Only two examples of this model were built, the other being “QM”, for John Labatt. The engine, built by Steve Francis of Hi-Performance Marine, is a 350 cubic inch, General Motors, V8, with 350 BHP. The hull was designed either by John Hacker, who designed the original Streamliner hulls for Greavette, or, his successor, Douglas Van Patten. CRUSOE became LAST CHANCE when owned by Baz Southam in the early 50’s. Many owners kept her afloat until purchased by Alan Cranfield in 2001. Mike Windsor meticulously restored CRUSOE over the next winter.
Many thanks, and a tip of the straw boater to Tim Duvernet, whose artistry perfectly captures the magnificence of these Canadian treasures.
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