Tolka

This one of a kind boat was built in Baddeck Bay, Nova Scotia at the Bell Laboratories. Delivered to Alexander Graham Bell’s partner, Casey Baldwin’s family cottage on Lake Joseph, Muskoka, this boat never left the lake and had only 2 owners her entire life. This boat is documented and accompanied with hundreds of feet of original family video and the original Bell Laboratories line drawings and displacement information to register her as Tolka and imported into Ontario in 1928 by the Baldwin family.

This boat was removed from storage in one piece by us and documented in a comprehensive article in Classic Boating Magazine in 2004. Her exquisite design of everything from self standing bucket seats to combination soft-hardtop to dual steering stations and instrumentation to roll-up windows to cut glass cabin lights to original Bell steppads with documentation. The boat will go into the shop September 2008.

The original boat has now been dismantled, all hull and interior wood is saved and documented for re-installation on the new bottom back bone. The hull was in remarkable shape after spending 50 years outside (many years covered to start with). Only the bottom had deteriorated badly with all the years of moisture created by leaves and vegetation accumulation.

Nearing completion during winter 2011, woodwork complete, engine and driveline installed, working through final finish as we rebuild and rework all the separate systems, klaxton horn, wooden rim main slon steering wheel and column, open cockpit bake-light steering wheel and column, bulkhead engine room bildge pump, pyrene fire extinguishers, 2 main salon cockpit lights, cut glass cabin dome light, early half-mile ray spotlight, slef standing tuck and role leather seating, 680 cu/in 200hp sterling petrel marine engine, and navy top assembly. We are now wiring and completing the mechanical throttle and choke systems and we'll be lake testing and delivering Tolka this spring.

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