Today, Oct 2, marks a year since our loss of Jack Cromie. As we’ve described, to build wooden boats was a dream of Jack’s. He and his brother William realized that dream a little more than a year ago with the completion of the Shashoo at the Great Lakes Wooden Boat Building School in Cedarville MI. This year Bill Cromie Sr and his son William completed another beautiful wooden boat at the famous Brooklin Maine Wooden Boat School, naming it The John C. Cromie. This exquisite boat is shown below – there could be no more perfect tribute to Jack…
Here is Papa Bill’s update about the project:
“Folks, Today was the last coat of paint on the John C. Cromie, Mom told me that these were his favorite colors. I have enjoyed this whole experience from the gitgo with Bill in Maine and doing the finishing work. As Jack told me one time when he was hauling dirt for the bog at camp, that it was a “labor of love” and so this was indeed. I’ve got the rowing rig assembled in Jacks apt and have asked my friend Phil Hanson who is an expert “rigger” to help me set the pitch of the oarlocks. I’ve got to get the powerboat out of the water and hope to bring the boat up and give her a test voyage when I go up north. The weather is beautiful here, Dan is off to Ireland this weekend and Mom is on her way to Stamford on Friday.”
Drop dead gorgeous creation.
Jack is certainly smiling down on the Cromies and their tribute to him.