She came from England. Demeter, a 1926 28’ Taylor & Bates launch was built at a boatyard on the Thames.

Needing a frame up restoration to return to service, Demeter underwent major surgery over two years at Pete Schell’s shop. 

The Lake Hopatcong Chapter was privileged to see the before and after with owner, Peter Kellogg, inviting us to a luncheon workshop when the boat was upside down in the framing stages.

Fast forward to June 10th of this year, and we were at the launching of Demeter at the Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club with Peter Kellogg again inviting us to a sumptuous champagne pig-roast to celebrate the occasion. 


Peter Schell and daughter give a ride to Pat Hoferkamp, Pres. of Lake Hopatcong Chapter

Thanks to Cindy Heaton for sending this report by Bob Rice about Demeter.  She says, “This is about LHACBS Member Peter Kellogg’s restoration, done by Peter Schell, at his local garage. Peter Schell works on many of Peter Kellogg’s collection and has hosted workshops for our Club at his shop.

Demeter is poised for the next chapter to be written in its history with many years of service lying ahead. 

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  1. Great story about a gorgeous boat. It’s also worth mentioning that DEMETER is powered by an electric Elco motor — so she’s silent and clean. She also stole the show at this year’s WoodenBoat Show in Mystic Seaport, where she won in the powerboat category of the Concours d’Elegance. I can tell you she looked pretty grand, motoring quietly about the Mystic River!

    • Cynde thanks for the update. This may have been mentioned already, but Joe Fleming, one of ACBS founders developed the motor for Demeter and was instamental in the installation process. That piece adds to a great story.

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