Antique Boat Museum names four to its hall of fame | Education
CLAYTON — The Antique Boat Museum, North America’s premier freshwater boating museum, has announced the latest inductees to its Hall of Fame.
The announcement was made at the Antique & Classic Boat Society’s 2022 Annual International Meeting and Show on September 10.
The Hall of Fame was launched at the 2019 Annual International Meeting and Show Welcome Reception. The concept was suggested by John Allen, Chairman of ABM’s International Advisory Board, to honor people who have had a tremendous impact on the boating community and have helped shape the future of ABM.
Since the founding of the Antique Boat Museum, many people have generously given their time, energy, and resources to promote the hobby and the museum. Both the ABM membership and the hobby have benefited from their efforts, often with little personal benefit other than the satisfaction of knowing that they have helped others benefit from a common interest.
The Hall of Fame will have a permanent home as a virtual exhibit presented in the Haxall building. The inaugural Hall of Fame class consists of Lee Anderson, the late William G. Danforth, Anthony S. Mollica Jr. and Chris Smith.
This year’s inductees:
Jim and Lorraine Ellis (Tony) Lewis: The late Lewises was among the founders of the Antique Boat Museum and both were avid boaters. Jim Lewis was well known in the antique boating community for the number and variety of antique wooden boats he purchased, restored, displayed and donated to various museums. In addition to collecting and restoring vintage motorboats, Jim has competed in many major sailing races. Jim’s tangible love for the river, old boats and the Antique Boat Museum has helped make the museum a vibrant institution.
Tony was one of the few women to compete in the Antique Race Boat Regatta driving his E-class race boat Riot. His red racing suit hangs in the ABM conference room bearing his name.
Carl Mammel: Mr. Mammel discovered his interest in vintage wooden boats in the early 1980s with the purchase of a 1940 Garwood and a 1946 Chris Craft. This was the start of a collection of many rare and exceptional vessels. He donated several boats to the Legacy of the Lakes Museum in Alexandria, Minnesota. Mr. Mammel is Director Emeritus of the Legacy of the Lakes Museum. As one of the founders of this museum, he recognized the value of the traditions and legacies of the lake and the need to preserve for future generations the memories that make Minnesota so special.
William Morgan: The late William J. (Bill) Morgan was one of the people most responsible for reviving wooden speedboat building in North America. Best known for resurrecting the Hacker-Craft brand, whose boats he built in Silver Bay, NY, Mr. Morgan also restored and built replicas of more than 20 Gold Cup racers from the 1930s, including Happy Times, a replica of El Lagarto by George Reis. . Mr. Morgan himself was a runner, competing in the Gold Cup, President’s Races and National Sweepstakes, as well as the Silver Cup and Canadian National, compiling an impressive record of victories. Mr Morgan donated his personal collection of Gold Cup racing boats along with a rare 1923 Gold Cup Packard engine and volumes of archival material to the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton. Several of these boats are displayed in the Quest for Speed exhibit located in the Morgan Building.
Allan Newell: Mr. Newell is a lifelong enthusiast of vintage boats and a passionate steward of the Thousand Islands who has restored many rare boats with meticulous care to use materials and procedures appropriate for the time. He founded the Chippewa Bay Maritime Museum in 2015 and is a Trustee Emeritus of the Antique Boat Museum and a member of the museum’s International Advisory Board.
Mr. Newell was a classic seaplane racer in the 1960s and hosted the first vintage seaplane show at the Chippewa Maritime Museum in 2021. His dedication to small craft and high quality craftsmanship is unmatched.
The ABM Hall of Fame seeks to recognize new inductees at various intervals, as opposed to an annual event. The museum strongly encourages nominations from the wider community and requests that comments be sent to: [email protected] or ABM Hall of Fame, 750 Mary St., Clayton, NY, 13624.