| May/June 1982

  • Propellor Motorboat

  • Propellor Motorboat

The Motorboat Historical Society formed late in 1980, has issued its first yearbook devoted to antique boat research for amateur historians of the motorboat.

David Eastman, Director, send us a copy for review. The organization has two classes of enrollment: (1) members, who pay $5.00 annual dues, and receive three newsletters and a yearbook each year, and (2) research associates whose dues are $3.00, who receive the publications but also undertake to select a research project for the year, and write a project report for the yearbook.

The 1981 yearbook contains a variety of subjects. One tells about the Disappearing Propellor Motorboat, known as the Dispro, produced by four different companies over 44 years, and considered the 'Model T' of the marine industry in Canada. This was written by Joe Fossey, who with Jim Smith has formed an organization of Dispro boat owners.

Another article by Norman Cousens, is on Collecting Antique Post Cards. Jack Parker tells how he and his wife, Beth, researched the history of their 1946 52' Dawn cruiser, the last of its kind built at Clason Point in the Bronx, New York.

In many ways, members of the Motorboat Historical Society have interests in common with collectors of tractors and stationary gas engines. We like the yearbook because it shows the amount of meaningful research which can be done, and which adds to the pleasure of collecting and restoring-as well as exhibiting.

Membership in the group is small at this time. We hope it will grow. Both the yearbook and the newsletter give information on other clubs and publications. If you are interested, write to Motorboat Historical Society, P.O. Box 1080, Durham, N.H. 03824. Cost of the yearbook is $5.00, first class postpaid, from the headquarters.