Over the past week or so longtime fellow Woody Boater Bob Murdock who BTW is also another owner of a vintage boat yard.. HOWE MARINE, Anyway, I digress into Nutsoville. Anyway Bob found his old family boat. I can tell you this type of moment can produce some major Dopamine, And Oxytocin, all at the same time, since this is a long lost relationship.. SHIP.. Get it.. Okay then. Put your seat belts on, this takes some twists and turns. Take it away Mr Murdock.
Pictures are of a Model 100 that my great uncle John Kelso Murdock purchased new in Cincinnati from C-C dealer Fulton Marine in 1930 and had it shipped to Crooked Lake in July.
Long story short, by some unknown miracle, pure chance and twist of fate, I have this boat back in my possession after 92 years, never knowing that it still even existed.
Somehow, in our family archives I also inherited two of the trophies the family won during speedboat races on Crooked Lake with the boat and have the archival film footage to confirm the boat and ID one of the trophies. What the hell are the chances of all this coming full circle? Kismet, karma, WTF?
It’s a great story of how small our fraternity is and how we can’t let the past slip away without finding the next caretaker.
SO HOW DID YOU FIND IT BOB?
By accident, Paul Cundiff at Woodies Restoration (who does our new aluminum replacement tanks for resto) called me and said he had a customer looking to sell a triple.
He knows I’m always on the lookout for Lincoln Logs, so he said he had this cute little 20’ C-C triple and this is what the guy wants. Paul had already built a trailer for it but I didn’t need it so negotiated accordingly with him.
After the deal was done, I said who did it belong to as I wanted some history. Lo and behold, it was Mark Edmondson (Diamond Boat Works) who had retired and moved to KY from MI!
He had purchased the boat from an old guy (Jay McCormick, Algonac)way back and it was one of the boats he took down south.
I had my guy, Bob Bramlage, head down to pick it up and Mark had a pile of papers with it.
A week or so later, I get a call from Bob and he said “I need to ask you something”. “You remember when I was up north a few weeks ago and you showed me all the history of the family and the boats you all have had?” Yeah, so what’s up? “I have the “Taylor M” and it’s back in your warehouse”
Well, my jaw dropped and I got goosebumps.
I said, “How do you figure that?” “Well, there’s a copy of the original hull card here and it says sold to John Murdock, Cinti, O and ship to Crooked Lake, Mich. 7/15/30 Name on bow (under “Chris-Craft) “Taylor M” and name on transom, “Taylor M”” Cripes!!!!!!
How does this happen? Built in Algonac, shipped to Crooked Lake, sold down state, sold to Mark, sold to me, brought back to Cincinnati, will be restored and ready for Int’l ACBS Show at Bay Harbor in ’23.
After 92 years, it’s back in the family. What are the chances?
OKAY, MATT BACK HERE, And this is where you may want to sit down cause it just gets whacky. Bob Sent me this image with this note.
So then I read the comments on the story.. AND YUP there is comment from Mark Edmondson another longtime Woody Boater, ” HEY, Matt, that my barn find from last summer!!!!!!
SO I DIG SOME MORE AND DAM, WE DID A STORY ON THAT AS WELL. IN 2016!!!
So, You no doubt want to see the other stories from 2016 and 2017. Here are the links.