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Can anyone identify this really early 'boat..?

PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2014 1:24 pm
by seawings
Hi All,

Our good friend Louis Emond sent me these two early images he came across and asked if I knew what it was(?)

Me, I havn't a clue; but I know a bunch of people that might, so over to you....!

What is this? Who is this? Where is it? and what happened to it?

Image

Image

Thanks for looking.....

Re: Can anyone identify this really early 'boat..?

PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2014 2:13 pm
by MrWidgeon
?????

Re: Can anyone identify this really early 'boat..?

PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2014 2:44 pm
by seawings
Blimey, it must be a hard one if it's got you Bill...! ;)

Re: Can anyone identify this really early 'boat..?

PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2014 2:20 am
by WhyMe
A wild guess: Paterson tractor hydro powered by an 80-hp Hall-Scott piloted by Roy Newell Francis during the Great Lakes Reliability Cruise of 1913.
Only saying this because the pilot on the pictures looks kinda like Roy Francis in this article.
Also, there are pictures of him piloting other aircraft with awfully similar propeller configuration: here
Also, there was another aircraft named "Patterson-Francis" with the same kind of layout: here

I'm not at all sure if it's even close to being correct; just a hunch...

Re: Can anyone identify this really early 'boat..?

PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2014 2:25 pm
by seamaster
The evidence appears conclusive to me. I think you are right.

Louis