More ‘Mahogany Memories’ in Conn.

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A Century Raven is among the more than 50 classic boats expected at the July 9 show

A Century Raven is among the more than 50 classic boats expected at the July 9 show

The 21st annual Antique and Classic Boat Show, Mahogany Memories, will take place July 9 at the Connecticut River Museum in Essex, Conn. The daylong show, hosted by the Southern New England Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society, will have free admission, and is expected to draw more than 50 wooden boats, both power and sail.

Boats will be on display in the water and on land. The vessels, a mix of rare and popular models, were built between the 1890s and 1960s, many by names such as Century, Chris-Craft, Elco, Gar Wood, Hacker Craft, Higgins, Lyman and Penn Yan.

“It’ll be our usual eclectic variety of boats,” says Southern New England Chapter president Jeff Gordon.

As of early May, Gordon says a couple of rare and unusual boats have already committed to the event. A Dee Wite 16-foot runabout, which appeared at Mahogany Memories unrestored last year, will be at the show fully restored for 2005, he says. Built in the late 1920s by the Dwight Lumber Co. in Detroit, it is one of three such Dee Wites known to exist in the country.

A 1960 Century Raven, equipped with every single option available in the year of its construction, also will be shown, Gordon says. The meticulously maintained black lapstrake 21-footer is said to look like new, though it has never been restored, he says.

All show activities will take place at the Connecticut River Museum, and marine artist James Consor will be on-hand signing the new Mahogany Memories posters.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the museum, which is about five miles up the Connecticut River from Long Island Sound. Soundings is one of the show’s sponsors. For information call (860) 767-8269.