The WWII Fighter Pilot Who Returned Home In 1947 For Mom’s Mink

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Honolulu, Hawaii 1947 – A year after being discharged from the service, US Navy Fighter Pilot Jim Lundy was still in Hawaii and his family wanted him to come home to the main land. For a young man and war veteran in his mid 20’s with the rest of his life ahead of him, Hawaii was looking pretty good. Waikiki Beach looked different in 1947, a time before high rise hotels and major ocean front development like we see today.

Waikiki Beach, Moana Hotel & The Outrigger Canoe Club - Circa 1947

Jim’s family thought “What’s it going to take to get Jim home?” Then they came up with an idea. They attended the New York Boat Show and purchased a 1947 19’6″ Gar Wood Runabout with the hope that it would encourage Jim to return home – and it worked!

Later that year “Mom’s Mink” was delivered to Hall’s Boat Corporation on beautiful Lake George, New York for delivery to the Lundy family. The classic Gar Wood runabout remained on Lake George in the Adirondack Mountains with Jim and his family for the next 40 years. Jim commented that based on his discussions with Tony Mollica, they understand that this particular Gar Wood runabout was one of the last runabouts to leave the factory. Jim Lundy & “Mom’s Mink” relocated to Lake Keowee, South Carolina in 1984, and in 2010 a new 5200 bottom and upholstery was installed by Jan Hadley.

In 1946/47 many considered the 19’6″ Gar Wood to be the most attractive runabout under 20 feet. With the unique split-winged cutwater that blended into the rub rails, and the streamlined safety rails running along both the fore and aft decks, Gar Wood’s modern styling was evident throughout the boat.

The original period Gar Wood steering wheel, switches and gauges remain…

And Jim has personalized the dash board with some aircraft gauges for navigation. Once a pilot always a pilot…

Robert Miracle captured these great images of Jim Lundy aboard “Mom’s Mink” last weekend durng the Lake Hartwell Antique Boat Festival in South Carolina. A beautiful preserved post war Gar Wood runabout that’s been in the same family for 64 years – very cool.

But you know those “Flyboys” they are always on the move, and before we knew it Jim was heading home to Lake Keowee. And one last thing – It’s Jim Lundy’s birthday today, so let’s all Wish Jim a Big Woody Boater Happy Birthday! And thanks Jim for sharing your boat and her story with us here at Woody Boater. “Mom’s Mink” qualifies for the prestigious Woody Boater of the Month award, so congratulations on that too – your birthday gift from the folks at Woody Boater.

Images courtesy of Miracle Photography, click here to see more.

It’s great to see few shots of 19’6″ Gar Wood runabouts in the rare, never before seen Gar Wood factory photos that Matt published Wednesday on Woody Boater. Check them out if you haven’t yet.


19 replies
  1. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    I have always loved the styling and overall appearance of my ’47 17′ Chris Craft Deluxe, but I have to agree with Texx, this Gar wood has got it beat. What a georgeous boat!


  2. Al Benton
    Al Benton says:

    Happy Birthday Jim Lundy!!! And Many More…

    Mom’s Mink may well have been one of those shown in yesterday’s old factory photos. Very Cool!

  3. Bob Miracle
    Bob Miracle says:

    Thanks for all of the Great reply’s on Jims boat and his 89th birthday. Jim doesn’t have a computer so I will print this story for him and take it to him.
    He is just another great friend I met by being around all of the people in the Blue Ridge Chapter of the ACBS. Great boats, Wonderful people, and a great organization.
    Look for us at Lake Sinclair on May 13, 14.
    Miracle Photography

    • Dawn McClure Morton
      Dawn McClure Morton says:

      Happy Birthday, Jim.
      I remember waterskiing 4 of us behind Mom’s MInk during my early summers on Lake George in Glenburnie. A wonderful memory.
      All my best,


  4. Jeff Thom
    Jeff Thom says:

    I hadn’t visited your site for a while, Matt, but was glad I checked in today. What a great story and photos. Miracle shure knows how to shoot em. Happy Birthday to Jim and best wishes to all Woodyboaters for a wonderful Easter.


    ps: Keep up the good work, Matt, Tex and Miracle!

    • Rick
      Rick says:

      How could you NOT visit in a while? LOL The site should make you have to go through all unread blogs and their associated posts before being able to read the current one. Then again you could spend days just getting up to speed on Thayer IV! You’ve got to stay up to date. You probably don’t even know this years WoodyBoater shirt color. Well actually I don’t either. Oh the humanity of it all…….

  5. ARRRGH!
    ARRRGH! says:

    Yes! Happy Birthday, Jim! I love the added touch of the aircraft compass. Reminds me of my KC-135 days!

    • Texx
      Texx says:

      Jan – Thanks for the clarification on the restoration details. Great work, Jim’s Gar Wood looks very nice.

  6. Scott Lundy
    Scott Lundy says:

    My Dad, Jim Lundy, was overwhelmed by this web publication and the comments! So good to hear from you all. Especially nice to hear from Dawn McClure and Jan Hadley; long time friends. Wishing them the very best!The burgee with the GoldenSpike is another story. It was his father’s, derived from his job supporting the railroads all over North America during his life.

    • Larry hogan
      Larry hogan says:

      Hi Scott , I remember moms mink !
      I’m Vincent Hogans brother and we were up too the lake house in the 70’s with your brother Ken.
      I checked out the boathouse and there it was in all it’s glory !
      I read the name and chuckled .
      Best regards
      Larry Hogan

  7. Texx
    Texx says:

    Thanks Scott, It was a pleasure to visit with your Dad and we enjoyed doing the story on Jim and “Mom’s Mink” his beautiful Gar Wood runabout.

    The fact that the boat has remained in the same family since it was first delivered to Lake George is very cool!

  8. Sue Tobias Sawulski
    Sue Tobias Sawulski says:

    Happy Birthday Jim!!!! Was so surprised when Bob Badenock sent this to me. We have now retired to the lake and Florida. Many fond memories of your family at Glenburnie. Please remember me to the family.


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