Detroit Barn Find Three Years In The Making
Thanks to long time fellow Woody boater Mark Edminson who sent us in this cool story of a wonderful Classic Boat Barn find up in Detroit that was worth the wait. Woohooo, We are headed to Port Huron soon. Maybe we will find one! Take it away Mark
Three years ago while working storm duty patrolling for down wires, we headed down Alter Drive to the Detroit River. In this area there are small canals with many run down boathouses and at the end of a small street was a small marina “.” Sitting outside cover with many old tattered tarps she sat a 1940 25′ Red and White. Totally in tack, run done but not butchered. I greeted an old gentleman in the doorway of the shop. I asked if she was for sale. “Nope. I plan on restoring her”
I gave him my card and told him if you ever change your mind give me a call…
Three year later, last Christmas holiday I got a call I guess I will let her go, said Richard the marina owner said. I went the next day on a cold day on the river and climbed through her. Everything was there nothing missing. Inside his shop was some of the original hardware that had been remove and the original engine an MSR. the boat was delivered to Gregory’s Marine 1940 a few canals down where the original owner pick her up. She has never left this canal since.
(The old black & white photo was taken in the early 50’s) We picked her up and brought her back the Lexington.
I did not know about this one. Nice that Mark saved her from my old neighborhood on the East side of Detroit.
Very nice story, the history makes it even more interesting.
Very cool! Love those boats! Curious about the engine-usually the “S” suffix is a “speed drive 1.5-1 reduction” and the R suffix is a 2-1 reduction. What exactly is a “MSR”?
Been down to that area. Lots of interesting boat houses. Bring lots of friends. Really run down areas.
Bring friends, .45 of them! Go down Alter and look over the channel to Ashland St. Neat stuff. Was it on Klenk Island? My Sea-Skiff came from down there.
And the ole girl will get the proper face lift and reconstruction in Mark’s hands.
Can’t wait to see the end result.
Great to see another one saved. I have a 1940 model myself. There are not many pre-war models out there.
Welcome to the Red & White club! Great to see another one discovered and being saved. I have a lot of information on these and will be happy to share – feel free to call/email.
A shameless plug for my friend Mr. Dale. It is been brought to my attention that he knows more about red and whites than most anyone in the country.
That should be Mr. Dow!
Damn auto correct!
Here is the culprit Mr Dale errr I mean Mr Dow. He is a year older now and needs a haircut, but you would still recognise him.
Can’t help but wonder if this boat was from the same neighborhood as Little Nell II,a 1946 model, originally owned by Dr. Dusty and Nell Rhodes. I had the pleasure of helping to give Little Nell II a second life. I sold her to a gent in CA, who then sold her to a family in NJ, where she still lives. Great boats!
I grew up down there in the fifties and sixties the only place you would have seen more red and whites would have been the entrance or the exit of the factory. Between the little canals you speak of clink Island Harbor Island and then every Marina from there to the roostertail there would be a couple just about every location