Century Boats From Down Under To A Century Boat From Down Under.. The Ice. A special thanks to Reporter Ned Protexter from Lake Okoboji Iowa for sharing this story. Now, in the speed of the internet news, this story is out there all over Facebook and the interneter. We did get tidbits of this story about two days ago, but decided amazing photos from New Zealand of warmth and summer were what we all needed to get our juices going. And When do you really get to write a headline, From Down Under To Down Under, and it makes sense? or Recovery Of The Century? Here is the story from Ned.
Recovered Wood Boat – Lake Okoboji
Chad Thompson, an ice fisherman, found this boat with his camera a couple years ago. He saw it again this year because the water was very clear (thank you zebra muscles) and got in contact with Okoboji UnderWater Recovery and the Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum and worked a deal where UnderWater Recovery would donate their time and Chad would donate the boat to the Maritime Museum where they would display the boat.
Having had good ice all winter but temperatures now getting well above freezing, they decided to cut a hole in the ice and bring up the sunken boat this weekend. Okoboji UnderWater Recovery is extremely well equipped and normally uses their equipment to snag trucks and ATVs that go through the ice and dive in open water. They cut a hole in the ice with a chainsaw and divers went down 51 feet and slung the boat and brought it up slowly.
Once it surfaced, a prewar Century Seamaid that had been turned into a utility and most likely used as a work boat appeared. And mud, lots of mud. After a lot of rigging and rerigging, they were able to get the boat on the trailer and hauled off the lake and just in time as the access ice was breaking up due to 60-degree temperatures today.
The plan now is that the boat will have the mud washed out and put into the Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum just how it is. The museum already has a Chris Craft 19 foot barrel back that was recovered 25 years ago from the bottom of the lake.
A special thanks goes out to Chad for finding and donating the boat to the museum, Okoboji UnderWater Recovery for their donation of time and equipment bringing this boat up, and the Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum for providing a place for the public to view this boat.
Want a good excuse to come see the new boat as well as the museum? Come to our boat show on July 25th and take it all in at one time. Also, like our club’s Facebook page to get the latest updates on what we have going on.
PHOTOS Ned Protexter