Santimo was purchase in 1960 as a used boat from Dawson Marine on Lake Simcoe by my grandfather, Andrew Thomson. My grandmother was born on Gloucester Pool and was left my great grandparents property which was established in 1919. The original cottage was named Bide-A-Wee but after a fire it was rebuilt and renamed Santimo after a local resident and friend Andrew St Amond and the boat was also given the matching name to the cottage.
Gloucester Pool is the last body of water on the Trent Severn waterway system and Lock 45 at Port Severn allows access into Georgian Bay. Santimo was a well used boat to tour the Pool, taxi guests from the landing, and head out on camping adventures on Georgian Bay.
I was quite close to my grandfather as a boy and when I lost him I was only 14 years old (1979). Santimo was stored in his boat house for four years after his passing and my father and I would put the boat in to soak up and then lift it in the Fall each year. I would spend hours and hours in the boathouse with the boat cleaning it and “visiting” with my grandfather. When I was eighteen (1983) my grandmother asked if I would like the boat and with my Dad’s help it became my boat.
Santimo need some professional TLC when we got her out of the boathouse and we took her to Crate’s Marine in Orillia where I later found out the Eric Seepa and Dave Buchanan worked on her to replace some boards in the transom waterline.
I used Santimo constantly to visit friends with some late night returns up the Pool, chauffeured a bride’s party to a wedding, and organized mini boat shows at Severn Lodge. I took very special care of my grandfathers boat. In 1986 I visited the ACBS-Toronto Boat Show at Pier 4 in Toronto Harbour and the theme of the show was Shepherd Reunion. I walked straight to the membership booth and met Happy and John Thomson and Irene and Joe Fossey who remain dear friends to this day.
Not having a trailer for Santimo I was very excited to register for my first boat show in 1988 when it was hosted by the Port of Orillia and I travelled the Trent system from Big Chute to Lock 42 into Lake Couchiching. In 1990 and 1992 I took Santimo via the Trent Severn waterway to the show in Peterborough. During these fabulous trips I met a host of new friends including Gerry and Catherine Lodge, Ed and dear Linda Skinner, Chris and Jane Vandergrift, Barb and George Mitges, Jim Onions, Bill Cleland, and many many more.
The joy and sorrows that have been experienced with Santimo have paralleled my life and I can’t imagine my life without sharing it with Santimo along the way. In 2006 I remember thinking that my grandfather took care of Santimo for 19 of the 23 years that it was housed in the boathouse at Santimo and it had been in my care for 23 years at that time. I reflected that I was just taking care of it for my grandfather and that I still looked upon it as his boat and I guess now 38 years later I still feel like an 18 yr old taking care of my grandfathers boat.
Santimo has reach a stage where it needs a bit more TLC as its original bottom is showing its 63 years, but we are conducting a little preservation care at this time so that I can reinstall her beautifully restored Chrysler Crown thanks to Jeff Titshall Maintenance and Mechanical.
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