She is a sweet little boat , but made from fibre glass not wood and she has been discarded on the top of a Dumpster , in False Creek ! I am sure she was looking for some one like me , to rescue her in the 1980ies ! I jumped in the bin and had a peek a boo at her hull , looking for all that might be wrong with her and there was lots ! Just loving boats I decided to pulled her out and away from a crushing end at the Delta Landfill !
Once in the truck I found that the little boats fibre glass keel was broken in two places and her chines were worn away , probably from rolling around on top of a submerged B. C. Mountain Top ! Look , I am a wooden boat repair person and i hate the smells of fibre glass , but I kind of liked her in a funny looking moulded kind of way! So into my truck she staid , along with a jogging kids stroller , that in my warped recycling mind , would make a great hand moving boat trailer !
I sold my fishing boat and my moms house and one car garage where I had stored had the fibre glass dingy and a another wooden boat ! After 20 years , they all still needed lots of loving care , before the Big Dunbar Earthquake and flood struck ! Mom always said we were ready for any thing that might come along in Dunbar , with a garage full of not sea worthy boats !
Now I am a man with out a ship and that is not good , so the remaining fibre glass lady is my last hope to get back on the river ! I am sprucing up the “Iona Island African Queen ” thats what I call her now ! So after 20 years of just thinking about fixing this boat and never doing it , the smelly fibre glass work is now taking place in our front yard ! I have a dream , to just rowing on the river once again , like we did in 1949 from Marpole to the Slacks Shacks on the Iona Jetty ! ! The show the African Queen with Bogart and Hepburn are they both still alive , I remember seeing this great show at the Kerrisdale Theatre ! Life is good when you recycle , come over and have a look ! Terry