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Antique and Classic Boat Show underway at Toledo Maritime Center


From a media release from the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority:

TOLEDO, OH This weekend, in conjunction with the S.S. Willis B. Boyer Museum Ship and Ramsey Brothers Restorations, the fourth annual Toledo Antique & Classic Boat Show will take place at the Toledo Maritime Center, 1701 Front Street, Toledo, Ohio 43605.  The show will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $3 for adults and children under 10 years old are free. For more information please visit

This event is for boating enthusiasts of all ages to come and enjoy a day of re-living maritime history on the Great Lakes and Maumee River.  There will be dozens of boats displayed on land and in the water ranging from the 1920's era through the modern day replicas bearing historic names such as Chris Craft, Dart, Gar Wood, and Lyman.  This year's show is featuring the vintage unlimited hydroplanes Such Crust IV & Miss U.S. 1, as well as a visit from the Detroit based passenger vessel Diamond Belle and an expanded marine memorabilia mart.

The Such Crust IV was the biggest and most powerful boat in the unlimited hydroplane fleet from 1962-1967. Built for bakery owner Jack Schafer by the Hacker/Mariner Boat Co. the "Crust" was the first unlimited hull ever to be constructed of entirely aircraft aluminum and is one of the largest ever assembled. Powered by Allison 1710 V-12's from a P-38 Lightning capable of producing nearly 4,000 horsepower, this hydro could travel at speeds up to 200 mph.

The "Miss U.S. 1" will be presented by the U.S. Equipment Co. of Detroit. This vintage unlimited hydroplane was constructed by Les Staudacher in 1957 and is powered by a Rolls Royce "Merlin" V-12 aircraft engine from a P-51 Mustang. On April 17, 1962, Roy Duby drove this boat on Guntersville Lake in Alabama to a mile-straightaway speed of 200.42 mph, a world record for a piston-powered propeller-driven craft that still stands today.

Many classic and antique cars of all makes and models from throughout the years will be shown as well.  Ragtime Rick and the Chefs of Dixieland will be performing live Dixieland Jazz from 12:00 pm until 3 p.m. on Saturday.  Other live music performances will take place during the show as well.

The show also features a Marine Mart with items for sale, historical displays, models and artwork.  Food vendors will also be on site.

Admission is $3 per person - per day (children 10 and younger are free).  Admission not only allows the Toledo community to view these great maritime artifacts, but also includes admission to the S.S. Willis B. Boyer Museum Ship.  Free trolley service will be available between the S.S. Willis B. Boyer Museum Ship and the Toledo Skyway Marina. 

"The Toledo Antique & Classic Boat show has quickly become the "Boyer's" signature event. Regardless of a marine enthusiast's particular affinities, every individual who appreciates waterborne craft can find a common ground at this venue." says Paul C. LaMarre III, Executive Director of the S.S. Willis B. Boyer Museum Ship.

This show will serve as a kick-off for the creation of the National Great Lakes Maritime Museum at the Toledo Maritime Center and will incorporate exhibits from the Great Lakes Historical Society. Great Lakes Historical Society activities at the Boat Show include:

Great Lakes Masters: One-Hundred and Fifty Years of Painting the Inland Seas.

A Marine Art Exhibit at the Toledo Maritime Center during the Toledo Antique and Classic Boat Show August 28 & 29, 2010 produced by The Great Lakes Historical Society.

The exhibit of 15 original water color and oil paintings will highlight 150 years of artists who have painted Great Lakes maritime scenes.  These artists include Vincent Nickerson, Howard Sprague, William E. Huntington, Kinley Shogren, Alexander Cook and Paul LaMarre Jr.

"This two day exhibit is a simple way for our organization to say to the residents of Toledo, 'we are on our way' and to encourage those same residents to become part of the resurgence of the Toledo waterfront by becoming a member of the museum at the boat show." says Christopher Gillcrist, Executive Director of The Great lakes Historical Society.

Lighthouse Architecture Around the Globe and in Toledo, Ohio.

An exhibit detailing the architecture of lighthouses from around the world using the famous lighthouse collectibles by Harbor Lights at the Toledo Maritime Center during the boat show.
"These lighthouse collectibles have captured the diversity and style of lighthouse architecture over the past two hundred years.   These collectibles are on display but they are also for sale at deeply discounted prices." says Christopher Gillcrist.

Great Lakes Historical Society Toledo Membership Drive.

The Great Lakes Historical Society will be soliciting memberships at the Toledo Antique and Classic Boat Show.  Besides joining the museum in an effort to help their goal of opening a national Great Lakes Maritime Museum in Toledo, the society is also offering numerous incentives to join including:

  • Free admission to the Toledo Antique and Classic Boat Show
  • Complimentary copy of Steamer Edmund Fitzgerald: The Mystique and its Evolution by Thomas Murphy
  • Complimentary marine lithographic print
  • The opportunity to take a steamboat ride on the Ainsley G. launch at the show.
  • The opportunity to win a 4-5 night trip aboard a Great Lakes Freighter.


"At the heart of every effort to preserve and more appropriately appreciate important elements of history is an organization comprised of civic minded people who recognize the importance of historic preservation.  Our membership campaign here in Toledo is an effort to secure a minimum of 100 such people in two days." says Christopher Gillcrist.