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Wood and Glory Muskoka's Classic Launches

William M. Gray; Timothy C. Du Vernet

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ISBN 10: 155046177X / ISBN 13: 9781550461770
Published by Boston Mills Press, 2004
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: Wood and Glory Muskoka's Classic Launches

Publisher: Boston Mills Press

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: near fine

Edition: First edition.

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Synopsis:

A pictorial tribute to hand-built recreational boats.

Not so very long ago, the best pleasure boats were built, not manufactured. They were hand-built to order, of the finest materials: oak, cedar and elm from the Boreal Forest; fir from the Pacific Coast; mahogany from the Honduras; the Philippines and the east coast of Africa. Many of these one-of-a-kind boats were built in the Muskoka Lakes district.

Wood and Glory takes readers back to that special era of boating that flowered before World War II. These classic center-drive displacement launches (many still in use today) constitute a distinguished part of the boating legacy on North American waters. Vintage-boat owners and boat-show enthusiasts will love the fine craftsmanship in this wonderful collection of photographs and classic boat history.

The book features text and photos on:

  • Classic boats by renowned builders Ditchburn, Duke, Greavette and Minett-Shields
  • The best hand-built boats from the turn of the century until World War II
  • Unique cruisers, runabouts, streamliners, V-bottoms, hard-chines and more.

Wood and Glory is an excursion to a time of mechanical innovation and design elegance.

About the Author:

William Gray's family has been summering and boating on Muskoka's Lake Joseph for over a century. Gray has written on several diverse subjects but has always had a particular interest in the history of Muskoka and especially that of its wooden launches. His previous books include Lake Joseph 1860-1910, The Boatbuilders of Muskoka (with A.H. Duke), and Soldiers of the King: The Upper Canadian Militia 1812-1815.

Timothy Du Vernet is a well-known freelance photographer on the Muskoka Lakes and is the photographic editor of Classic Boat magazine. He has a long association with the Antique and Classic Boat Society.

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