Antique Boat Museum Appoints New Hall of Fame Inductees | WWTI


CLAYTON, NY (WWTI) – New faces are now in the Antique Boat Museum Hall of Fame.

ABM named its newest Hall of Famers at its annual 2022 Antique and Classic Boat Society International Meeting and Show on September 10.

Newcomers include Jim and Lorraine Ellis Lewis, Carl Mammel, William Morgan and Allan Newell. These individuals were honored for the impact they have made on the boating community and how they shaped the future of ABM.

Brief biographies of each initiate can be read below:

Jim and Lorraine Ellis Lewis

The late Lewises were among the founders of the Antique Boat Museum and were both passionate boaters. Jim Lewis was well known in the antique boating circle for the number and variety of antique wooden boats he bought, restored, displayed and donated to various museums. In addition to collecting and restoring antique motor boats, Jim has competed in many major sailing regattas. Jim’s palpable love of the river, old boats and the Antique Boat Museum helped make the museum a living institution. Tony was one of the few women to compete in the Antique Race Boat Regatta in her Riot E-class racer, and her red racing overalls hang in the ABM boardroom that bears her name.

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Karl Mamel

Carl Mammel discovered his interest in antique wooden boats in the early 1980’s with the purchase of a 1940 Garwood and a 1946 Chris Craft. This was the beginning of a collection of many rare, outstanding vessels. He has donated a number of boats to the Legacy of the Lakes Museum in Alexandria, Minnesota. Mammel is Director Emeritus of the Legacy of the Lakes Museum. As one of the founders of the Legacy of the Lakes Museum, he recognized the value of the traditions and legacies of the lakes and the need to preserve the memories that make Minnesota so special for future generations.

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William Morgan

The late William J. (Bill) Morgan was one of the individuals most responsible for the revival of wooden speedboat building in North America. Best known for reviving the Hacker-Craft brand, whose boats he manufactured in Silver Bay, New York, Morgan also restored and built replicas of more than twenty 1930’s Gold Cup racers, including Happy Times, a replica of George Reis’ El Lagarto. Morgan himself was a racer, competing in the Gold Cup, President’s and National Sweepstakes races, as well as the Silver Cup and Canadian National, and had an impressive record of victories. Morgan donated his personal collection of Gold Cup racing boats, as well as a rare 1923 Gold Cup Packard engine and volumes of archival materials to the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, New York. Some of these boats are on display in the Quest for Speed ​​exhibit in the Morgan Building.

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Alan Newell

Allan Newell is a lifelong antique boat enthusiast and passionate 1000 Islands steward who has restored many rare boats with meticulous care to use contemporary materials and processes. He founded the Chippewa Bay Maritime Museum in 2015 and is Trustee Emeritus of the Antique Boat Museum and a member of the Museum’s International Advisory Council. A classic hydroplane racer in the 1960s, Newell hosted the first-ever vintage hydroplane show at the Chippewa Maritime Museum in 2021. Newell’s commitment to small boats and quality craftsmanship is second to none.

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The Antique Boat Museum also attempts to honor new initiates at various intervals as opposed to an annual event. Nominations may be submitted by email to [email protected] or by mail to 750 Mary Street, Clayton, New York, 13624.


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