Although I have had the pleasure of attending the Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance very year since 2005, for some reason I have never taken the time to make the short 15 minute drive down to Homewood to visit the Tahoe Maritime Museum. So this year I made a point of stopping in at the museum the Monday after the South Lake Tahoe boat show – and I’m glad I did.
The Tahoe Maritime Museum’s web site best describes the museum this way…
Located on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe, the Tahoe Maritime Museum’s mission is to stimulate an interest in and an understanding of Lake Tahoe’s maritime history through the highest standards of historic preservation, innovative interpretation and public education.
Currently in the museum, they feature a wonderful exhibit dedicated to Gar Wood the man and his boats, and the unique historical connection the Gar Wood marque had with Lake Tahoe back in the 1920’s & 1930’s.
Among the Gar Wood boats on display in the museum was “Miss Tahoe” an elegant 1939 28′ Custom Runabout, which is also the sister boat to “Truant II”. “Miss Tahoe” will be making her only appearance on the water this summer for the Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance at the Sierra Boat Company, August 12 & 13. Here’s a brief description of “Miss Tahoe” from the museum.
Gar Wood boats are the Marque Class at this years 39th Annual Lake Tahoe Concours, to see more about the event as well as the complete list of boats registered for the show this year, just click here to go the Concours web site.
Another amazing Gar Wood on display at the museum is “Lemme Go First” a 1929 28′ Baby Gar 40 Runabout.
Actually, if you are interested in going for a real vintage boat ride aboard a very special Lake Tahoe boat, “White Smoke” debuts as the Museum Ride Boat at this year’s Lake Tahoe Concours. “White Smoke” is a 30′ Triple Cockpit Sea Lyon built in 1930 for lumber and shipping baron George A. Pope Sr. for use at his summer hide-away on Lake Tahoe’s south shore. The Pope mansion / property was commonly referred to as “The Vatican”, thus the name “White Smoke”.
She was graciously donated to the Tahoe Maritime Museum in 2009 by Howard & Judy Guild. We had an opportunity to see the freshly restored “White Smoke” at the South Lake Tahoe boat show last weekend, and it is simply stunning.
If you are planning to be in the Lake Tahoe area for this year’s Concours, or during the summer, stop by and check out the Tahoe Maritime Museum, it’s a wonderful, educational experience. You can go directly to the museum web site by clicking here, and there is also a great story on Gar Wood in one of the museum’s recent Newsletters titled “Gar Wood – More than a boat maker.” you can see that story by clicking here.