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Les Cheneaux, the Antique Boat

Les Cheneaux, is Gary Cunningham’s 1940 Chris-Craft 22’ Sedan. This remarkable mahogany power boat was built in Algonac, Michigan and commissioned at the Mertaugh Chris-Craft dealership in Hessel, Michigan in the spring of 1940. Mertaugh’s is the world’s oldest Chris-Craft dealership (having been established in 1925) and is still in business. They are the primary…

PAT PENDING—A Brief History

PAT PENDING—A Brief History Preserved by The Melville Owen Family  History and pictures contributed by Mel Owen Pat Pending was launched at the Lake Union Dry Docks in Seattle, Washington in 1929.   The original owner, Lloyd Bacon, was a Hollywood director who named the boat Lightnin’ in honor of his father Frank Bacon, writer and performer of…