Spencer Boatworks Destroyed By Fire Saturday

Photo Courtesy Press-Republican Newspaper - Plattsburgh, NY

Today we received an e-mail from fellow Woody Boater Kent O. Smith with the news that Spencer Boatworks in Saranac Lake, NY was destroyed by fire on Saturday morning.

The Press-Republican Newspaper in Plattsburgh, NY reported…

SARANAC LAKE — Fire destroyed a popular local business here early Saturday morning. Spencer Boatworks, which designs, restores and builds mahogany boats, caught fire around 1 a.m. Early reports indicated that the business was struck by lightning, but the official cause is still pending investigation, according to a news release from the Saranac Lake Fire Department. Several high-priced, classic boats were lost in the blaze, which leveled the large, wood building.

The owner’s wife, Stacey Annis, said that while her husband’s business was insured, there were several antiques lost in the blaze. “Some things just can’t be replaced,” she said.

It was estimated that the damage could total up to $2 million. The owner, Jay Annis, couldn’t be reached for comment Saturday evening. For the complete story and photos click here to go to the Press-Republican Newspaper web site.

Photo Courtesy Press-Republican Newspaper - Plattsburgh, NY

The village of Saranac Lake lies in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York. In addition to being surrounded by countless beautiful mountains, lakes and rivers, Saranac Lake is a historical, cultural and artistic hub of the Adirondack region. Nestled between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid, it is just over two and a half hours from Albany, NY, Burlington, VT and Montreal, Canada.

Spencer Boatworks was founded nearly 25 years ago and has hosted many local ACBS Workshops. You can go directly to the Spencer Boatworks web site by clicking here. As Kent O. Smith said in his e-mail… “It’s sad that any antique & classic boatshop is destroyed” and we agree. Thankfully no one was hurt in the fire.


8 replies
  1. Dave Pickard
    Dave Pickard says:

    Sorry to hear about their loss, thankfully no one was injured. I was just on his site yesterday looking at boats.

  2. RiverRat
    RiverRat says:

    Now that is just depressing. Loss of property is bad but when it is old wood boats it makes me mad. Why? Struck by lighting? Now it is the place to get your wood boat worked on. Things are tough enough in the northern tier of New York State. The Empire State. Beautiful country. Many wood boats and the places to use them. My condolences to all those affected. I hope no one way hurt.

  3. peter woods
    peter woods says:

    Yet another heartbeaker. It was Tiffany Yachts a while back. Matt, I read an article in the local Killmarnack press that the founder of Tiffanys Has passed at the age of 88 You may want to follow up w/ the locals. Thanks, Pete.

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