Mid 1950’s. Thats the office now up to the right. It was lower and had a blacksmith shop off of it. This is a Skipjack being worked on.
One of the joys of this project is finding history and preserving it, as well as treat it with respect and frame it as art. It’s a fine line, of cleaning up, while keeping the haphazardness that time evolves into a patina of harmony. And now, I have some old photos from the Butler family that tell an even deeper story.
Detail of the small workshop, blacksmith shop.
Skipjack repair mid 1950’s
1930’s right up on the rail near the office. The house on the other side is still there. Owned by Texaco, or then Texas Oil Company
1924 Blueprint plan
Todays header is 1930’s, note the Woolsy’s Varnish sign.
This place was rocking! Cranking out boats, repairing them, and making maritime history. And of course I get to share them with you and will frame some of these to be displayed in the office and around the workshop.
This is before the newer building. LOVE THE RAMP! SKIFFS!
In the 1970’s Note the old office to the left. Before George lifted and saved it.
Late 80’s early 90’s?
90’s new building going up. Note the gantry, we are bringing that back. Also the Texaco Oil next door. And yes, a boat in need!
About to float the New Railway out. The amount of Work George did to keep the Railway going is awe inspiring. This place has never stopped being what it is. A continuum of timeless quality. And that is perfection.
I always wondered how this would have been done. Note Pop’s Matthews Martinique in the background
New boat! , the now office is in background. Pre new addition. That Green door is now part of the parts room.
Old sign and some stuff. Lots of stuff. And that dam leaning power pole. The leaning power pole of Reedville. I am going underground soon.
The Janet O. One of my favorites here. Just finished here on the Railway And later we are going to feature some of the amazing boats built here. Butler Built boats are a very well respected craft here on the bay. All built by eye. AHHHHHHHHH! I love it! BTW, the Janet O. is still around and looks cool as hell. Like a Chop top hot rod deadrise.