Osprey II Lake Tours Coming in 2014
September 18, 2013 12:12 am Leave your thoughts On Friday, September 13, 2013, several Museum Docents were introduced to that beautiful wooden boat that graced the Museum’s “back room” for quite some time. They toured Shaver Lake aboard this unique 17-foot sparkling treasure. In fact, “legend” of the Osprey II is a story of family, long friendship histories, craftsmanship, and generosity. The Osprey II is a handcrafted wooden boat created between 2002 and 2009, by legendary wooden boat builder, Jim Crockett, of North Fork. Originally commissioned by Jim Woodward of Fresno for family use, it was later donated to the Museum in honor of the men and women of years gone by that depended on similar boats to work at the Shaver Mill. The Osprey II, a Motor Cruiser, has a cruising speed of 6 knots, and can carry five adults with ease. Its original plans were drawn in 1947 and published in “Wooden Boats Anyone Can Build”. The details and equipment in this vessel are top notch in every way. Several Museum volunteers are in the process of obtaining “license for hire” certification from the California Department of Boats and Waterways so it can fulfill its purpose; honor the valiant residents and laborers of the past, even as the Central Sierra Historical Society & Museum does with the loggers, the pioneers, the builders, and the engineers who made Shaver Lake and the entire Central Sierra what it is today.
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