Today’s news is provided by Bill Locke, a member of the Chautauqua Lake Twin Tier Chapter of ACBS and also Founding Trustee of The Lawson Boating Heritage Center on Chautauqua Lake.

Just Published…

The History of Chris-Craft Corporation’s Jamestown Division In Falconer, New York, 1943-1948

by: Fletcher Edward Ward

After nearly two years of research, the 85 page history of Chris-Craft’s Jamestown Division assembly plant has been released by Fletcher Edward Ward.  Publication of the book was through a generous grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, Jamestown, NY.

All proceeds benefit the Lawson Boating Heritage Center on Chautauqua Lake.  Opened in 2012, the Lawson Center showcases the history of the Lawson Boat & Engine Company, later known as L-S Aero Marine, along with the boating and fishing history of Chautauqua Lake.

The book includes:

  • A brief history of the Chris-Craft Corporation;
  • Building a 16′ Special Runabout;
  • Building a 26′ Deluxe Enclosed Cruiser;
  • Contract Issues;
  • Survivors of a By-gone Era;
  • and the Jamestown Plant Displays at the Lawson Boating Heritage Center.  

More than 70 historic black & white and color photographs further document the history of the Jamestown Plant.

To order your copy:  Visit the Center’s secure website:   or, send your $20.00 check, payable to the Lawson Center, PO Box 10, Bemus Point NY 14712-0010.


The Antique and Classic Boat Society maintains a list of museums on this website.  Each one of these museums focuses on preserving the history of boats, boating, and the people who created, used, and loved antique and classic boats.  The Lawson Boating Heritage Center on Chautauqua Lake is part of the list.

If you know of another museum which would have valuable information for our ACBS members or you think would be of interest to members as they travel, please send that information to [email protected].

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  1. Thanks, Robert. The Lawson Boating Heritage Center on Chautauqua Lake is now (2022) in its eleventh year. Open to the public from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Saturdays and Sundays, plus Wednesday afternoons in August. Lakeside Drive in Bemus Point NY. You’ll probably find David S. Lawson Jr. in the lower level boat shop working on his current project. Enjoy The Lawson Center! Bill Locke

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