The Wallace Family Boats Of Indian Lake Ohio

The boat ride boat business operated as the Black Hawk Line. Here is Grandma in second cockpit of 26 Dart with the Chief of the Blackhawk tribe.

Yesterday we featured the Wallace Aero Marine Service Buildings, today we have some amazing images from the Wallace Boatride archives. Okay, archives might sound a little lofty. Maybe more like a photo album. Or maybe even some of Gregs Drawers. Troy talked about a bit of this yesterday in the comment section. This may seem romantic now, but this was hard work, and the Wallace family was working every angle to make it work. Giving rides was just part of it all, but I am sure it helped sell boats, and fill in the cash flow portion of running a small business.


Blackhawk line 22 Dart harbor view

THRILLER, Note the location. WOW, Lilly pads and a very tropical feel

SPPED KING! Capt French – Remember, you can now just click on the image and blow it up!

Look at that reflection? WOW

GHOST – Scotty at the helm of his favorite large boat, 30 Belle Isle Super Bear Cat. Hall Scott power.

That is hands down one of the coolest paint designs EVER! Same Lilly pad location

Note the bridge on the right

This is Bumble Bee. My head exploded when I saw the graphics, and look closer.. A Bumble bee on the Burgee mast! Oh hell ya! – just click and enlarge it!

It made a crazy cool post card.

Remember Capt “Scotty” – according to Greg, hard use and the varnish thing, caused some to paint the sides. I also guess after a while all the wood boats started to look the same. So in true marketing terms, this was a smart move. Now we would wrap the boats with graphics.

Rare pre war Racer, and would have been one of the first made with a KB. Blue and white- “Grandpa Scotty’s last toy. 37 19ft Special race. According to Grandma he really loved that one.”


Greg told me stories of the youngest kids gave rides and were preferred over the more cautious adults. mmmmm, What could possibly go wrong? HA. What a life. This could have been the best way to grow up as a kid on the planet earth.

Giving rides and taking photos as memories.

The happy couple. and how cool would it be to find that BOAT RIDES sign

Here is a little bit of reference to show how these photos were fixed and digitized. Its a process for sure, and actually fun as hell to do. Each shot has its own little drama that unfolds as you dig into it.

How Greg captured the images from the photo album.

Adjusted and in a position to start cleaning up the image without changing it

I have tools. And had to try and interupt the left side a bit of the roof. But as you can see, it allows the viewer to feel the moment now and not be distracted by the fact that its a photo of a photo. You can now see there is some eating at the restaurant for example. Oh and this is a Hacker giving rides in the area.

Stay tuned, tomorrow we talk about the lake……And the stumps that made it notorious..