50 Foot Electric Launch

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50 Foot Electric Launch

Post by hoodman » Tue Jul 25, 2017 7:11 pm

I thought you all would be interested in this:
This electric launch is on display at the Green Lake Conference Center in Wisconsin. I was there last week and took these pictures. The quote is an excerpt from their website.
"Lawson's boat, No Hurry (1905) is one of only three made by the Electric Launch Company and was operated by two electric motors powered by 140 batteries. The other two boats were sold to Thomas Edison and Czar of Russia. It was purchased and returned to the Center in 1995 for permanent display and is in a state of ongoing restoration."
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Re: 50 Foot Electric Launch

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Re: 50 Foot Electric Launch

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Re: 50 Foot Electric Launch

Post by PeterG » Tue Jul 25, 2017 7:49 pm

Electric Launch Company, or ELCO, which went on to become famous for fast boats and sub chasers in WWI and for PT boats in WWII. Was merged into it's sister company Electric Boat, the famous submarine designers and builders.
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Re: 50 Foot Electric Launch

Post by CaptDave » Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:05 pm

Matt, I had almost forgotten about this boat. I have seen the boat at the Green Lake Conference Center a few times the last time being about 7-8 years ago. It looks like a lot of work has been done since then. It is a wonderful example of what I would call an"Edwardian" style launch. A truly elegant cruise boat for the rich and famous. The chapel train car they have on display there is also worth a visit. Thanks for posting these excellent pictures of a classic electric boat.
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Re: 50 Foot Electric Launch

Post by hoodman » Wed Jul 26, 2017 5:45 am

Dave, it does seem to be in pretty good shape. Although, I think they have painted the hull with some exterior house paint. I worked at the conference center for two summers about 16 years ago. I'm sure I looked at the boat at the time but I don't recall its condition. I doubt that the long term plan is for it to ever go in the water again but maybe if someone donated enough money?

I did check out the chapel car as well. Very cool. A pastor and his wife spent 20 years in ministry on that chapel car. It has a bedroom, dining room, kitchen, water closet, outhouse, the works. Here's some pictures of the chapel car for all you train people:
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Re: 50 Foot Electric Launch

Post by ToddM » Wed Jul 26, 2017 9:14 am

Two electric motors and one propeller?

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Re: 50 Foot Electric Launch

Post by hoodman » Wed Jul 26, 2017 11:35 am

ToddM wrote:Two electric motors and one propeller?
Yeah, I wondered about that myself. I don't see why you couldn't have two motors driving the same shaft though. Maybe there wasn't a single motor that was powerful enough so they had to double up.
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Re: 50 Foot Electric Launch

Post by CaptDave » Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:25 pm

Matt,
You must have known Mark and Blythe Ann Cooper. They are friends of mine who worked there for many years. Probably about the time you were there I went for a week with a large group from our church to do some work projects. I helped paint a large barn where lumber was stored that was cut from trees on the property. I was able to enjoy a complimentary game of Golf while I was there. Small world.

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Re: 50 Foot Electric Launch

Post by mrintense » Thu Jul 27, 2017 3:05 pm

I love seeing these old boats. It goes to show that craftsman have been with us for a long time. I can just imagine that during the build of this beauty, there were people just like me who felt the same way I do about my build, very satisfied and oh so glad I decided to jump in and do it.
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Re: 50 Foot Electric Launch

Post by CaptDave » Thu Jul 27, 2017 8:30 pm

Yes, I agree. Boats like this were not only functional but because of the workmanship afforded a large degree of elegance and grace. I had early on thought about building the 23' Harbormaster to be a smaller scale of this kind of luxurious boating. But I decided I needed to start with something a little smaller. It sure is fun to look at and daydream.
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