Friday, December 05, 2008

Addendum to Penwood Chris-Craft History from my Mother

An addendum to the history of the Penwood Chris-Craft- it was your great grandfather Reuben Gordon who purchased the Chris-Craft and gave it to Al and Dorothea as a camp present. The boat was pre-owned, briefly, and then purchased by Reuben.  Reuben loved boating and he and Albert owned three boats, the Ru-Al, the Ru-Al II and the Scotia. The first two were, from what I remembered from the stories I heard (and I would have to check with Uncle Chuck), about 20' long and docked on a tributary leading into the St. Lawrence River.  The Scotia was 72' long and certified as an oceangoing vessel. The first two did not require extra crew, but the Scotia, because it was two stories high and included 2 bedrooms, 2 heads, a galley, crew quarters, etc, had a captain and crew of 2 to run it.  The red wools blankets that we had for years at Penwood were part of the Scotia's linens.  The Scotia was sold in the late 1940's because Gussie Gordon did not like going for rides (and I remember those rides) and disapproved of the expense of the maintenance.  Remind me to tell you the story of one of our rides in the Scotia, when the boat hit another boat when docking.  

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