Well… I don’t know what’s harder, allowing comments attacking Pat, Frank and I or writing this and starting up all the crap again. The week of the U-22-1460 Golden Pond boat discovery was supposed to be a celebration, and instead it turned into a Jerry Springer show moment.. It was not what we wanted to see, and certainly did not cast a nice light on the hobby that we all enjoy. We left that week, with some very nice peaceful classic boat art, classic boat hats and toilet humor.. Bob Ross can sooth the savage soul.. HA…. All was well again in Woody Boaterville..
Until this week.. Several anonymous commenter’s commented on several posts that Pat, Frank and I were fabricators of these boats. That somehow this was all because Pat wanted to buy U-22-1802 back in the day. So? For the record..again…so did I on the eBay sale.. Hell I still would like it.. It’s a cool boat..They all are…I want every boat I see.. But these boats are special in my mind… The Mail Boat is my dream boat though…. Not sure what the point was, claiming that I wanted to buy it.. It’s no secret.. Why is that a bad thing? I duth covet another mans boat is not the 11th commandment. If that’s the new rule.. you can kiss any boat show you want to go to good by… Also Jeff Thom is a great guy and caretaker of U -22-1802 and has done a fantastic restoration..
The accusations further accuses Frank and I some how got dragged into Pats master web of manipulation.. Really? Sarcasm alert here…. So….Some how Pat snuck out of his apartment and added a bunch of secret parts to a generic U-22 boat, and made up the US Mail boat? Really? Then hired some actors to play a very nice private family.. had all the paper work stashed in there file cabinets…… That we then drove from all over the country to document these things.. for what? So Pat could make a couple hundred bucks.. Pat for the record does NOT want the boats.. I asked.. The debate would not be left alone… I was more than happy to move on.. Why couldn’t the fans of U 22-1802 and U 22-1460 just get along? Rodney King had it right… I get along with Jeff the owner of 1802? If anyone wanted to talk to me, Pat or Frank about it.. We were very open to doing so one on one through email or phone so as to not continue the meaningless debate….. But accusing us publicly of being dishonest put me in a tough spot.. I could not, not publish the comments, and then be accused of not doing that? Either way, I was screwed… And if just left it alone, made us all look like it was true.. Especially when it’s done anonymously and multiple times..
For the record defending U 22-1802 seems pointless to me…since it has so much press…it really does not need to be defended in my book.. It’s like defending one Lassie over another.. Tearing us down to do that is just wrong.. Our focus on the stories was a celebration of U-22-1460 and the US Mail Boat Mariah.. The well known star of the press U-22 1802 had just been restored and thought it would be a good tie in… I personally wanted to move on to more positive things. Pat.. As he said” I left that film 30 years ago. “But Frank Miklos of CenturyClassicPowerBoat.com felt like the comments were personal, which they were.. unfair, and frankly offensive.. So.. Frank spent countless hours going frame by frame through the film… to prove that U-22-1460 had a place in the film…to prove a point.. Since U-22-1460 has no press, or history from the past 28 years.. The only place to go other than Pats word, which was being challenged.. He needed to go back to the start. The footage… Not the in between part, the press that does not exist on 1460.. He picked apart each boat.. Plank by plank.. painful detail by detail, film frame by film frame.. We could go on and on about this.. But won’t.. The story is now beyond complete in our book.. I hope.. If you want to look at Franks site.. Click here.. if not.. we completely understand, frankly.. no pun intended.. but it is funny.. “Frankly”, both boats U-22-1802 and now U-22-1460 deserve a place in the films history..We should celebrate that fact.
I personally look forward to some sort of reunion of the boats…and a positive conclusion to this. This summer will be the 30th anniversary of the release of the film.. Let’s celebrate 1820 and 1460.. and the Mail Boat and the hobby.
In this story for a one time event.. I will NOT allow any more anonymous negative comments. It’s to destructive, and gains nothing more to the story since there is no point of reference to whom is making the comments. If you have an issue.. Do it the way you used to.. Behind our backs. HA….
I raise a can of varnish to 1460 and 1802…. To the mail boat Mariah.. a can of paint..and bug spray!