The Little Ship Of Dunkirk UPDTATE – Baby Gar Junior in England Is Headed Back To The USA!

There she is!

We just got a wonderful note about a story we did a couple years ago regarding a very special Gar Wood in England  from fellow Woody Boater Giles from England. She is headed back to the US of A and going to Garwood Custom Boats to be restored. Wooohooo! Here is the note from the Giles in  England and some photos of her being packed up!

On the trailer on her way to the port

Being lifted! Yikes!

“Just a quick note to say a big thank you as somebody read your piece on the baby Jr 26 and has decided to purchase her. She is going to Garwood Custom Boats for a full restoration. She was made in 1927 so it seems very fitting that she is going home to the US for her 90th birthday, if you want I can send you a picture of her going into the shipping container on the 19th in Redruth ,Cornwall.

Off the trailer

Headed back to the US

Being loaded in

Another angle

Once again thank you and your team and if the boat could talk I am sure she would say thank you to as her future will now be secure.”No sure if you I ever sent you this picture but I believe it is the same boat

Same boat? Photo

SPEED – LARK – Photo

12 replies
  1. Rick
    Rick says:

    Looking at the header either this was an early stepped hull or they got it off the slings just in time. I’m guessing this one is not going to get best preserved at a show once it’s salvaged.

  2. Wilson
    Wilson says:

    In the 1947 catalog there is a story about a Chris Craft being one of the Dunkirk boats….wonder what ever happened to that one ?

  3. Mike Green
    Mike Green says:

    I’m pretty sure some of the early Gar Wood boats were built by Chris Smith this looks like one of them. Does anyone have any information on this?

    • Troy in ANE
      Troy in ANE says:

      According to Anthony Mollica Jr. and Jack Savage in Chris-Craft Boats. (a great read by the way) Gar Wood contracted the newly formed Chris Smith & Sons Boat Company (later to become known as Chris-Craft) to build the 33 foot Baby Gar hulls which were then delivered to Wood’s facility for engine installation and finish work. This arrangement appears to have stayed in place from 1922 to 1925. Since this boat is a 1927 it seems unlikely to have been a Smith built boat.

    • Brian Robinson
      Brian Robinson says:


      This particular hull (26′ Baby Gar Jr.) is basically a carbon copy of a same year 26′ Chris-Craft but was built by Gar Woods men and had a slightly different deck configuration. You might be thinking of the 33′ Baby Gar that was built by Chris Smith & Sons Boat Co. until 1925.

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