Boat Gallery


The previous two boat pictures submitted were of sailboats jury-rigged out of a 40 year old aluminum canoe and odd lumber, tarps, and hardware found in and around the camp. (click this link to see them)

Sylvia Boat

This year, I bought a sailboat on eBay!! It was surplus from the Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy and much better than anything I'd made before. I did add a bowsprit and jib and spinnaker (not shown in pictures) because I couldn't help but tinker with the thing.

Jeff Richardson (my brother in law from California and Mary Neuroth's grandson) took these pictures from atop Indian Head. Not much wind that day, which explains why I am sitting in the middle of the boat. We capsized twice; one time we were able to sail back to the camp in a tub of water, the next time, Ralph Undercoffler was kind enough to tow us back to the camp. Thanks Ralph!!

Submitted by Joseph Robles
(husband of Diane Richardson, daughter of Helen Richardson, daughter of Mary Neuroth)

When Lea Dickson retired, after 30 years of teaching, her colleagues got together and gave her a parting gift. Knowing her Sylvia Lake destination, they presented her with this cool, functional watercraft and a brand new fishing rod.

So far, she hasn't caught any fish from her boat. She prefers to float and row around Hotel Bay. Lynne French was the roving photographer who caught up with her on a sunny day in front of Sonny Goodison's camp.



Lea in her "retirement" boat.



Carl and Mary Colton's flower-decked pontoon boat.

JoeRobles1960Neuroth Camp Classics
Submitted by Joseph Robles- married to Diane Richardson, daughter of Helen Neuroth Richardson.

Aluminum rowboat- Circa 1960 - transformed into a gaff-rigged sloop (complete with gennaker on a bowsprit).

I used bits and pieces of material found in the camp. She sailed steady and fast across the lake, but we could not turn very well (small rudder), nor could we sail upwind (no keel/centerboard). In fact, we raced across the lake, only to crash into Indian Head because we couldn't turn into the wind.

July 2002...the same old rowboat transformed into a square rigged viking ship. She had less control, but provided the same amount of laughs.



Boat Name: Offline
Owned by Shari Barnhart and Lea Dickson

Our boat is a replica of an Adirondack Fantail Launch. It is powered by two twelve volt batteries. It doesn't go very fast, but luckily, it doesn't need to. It was made by the Canadian Electric Boat Company.

You can often see this boat quietly motoring around Sylvia Lake with or without the bimini top.

Wormwood Scrubs' Classics by James Peterman

The boat on the left is the “Old Green Boat” that Herb bought back in the 1960's. It replaced our old wooden boat that had a Firestone 1.5 HP motor on it. The 'OGB' was used by Ralph, Alan, and Jimmy quite a bit. We all learned how to ski behind it on the lake and I remember Sandy Kraker using a canoe paddle as a ski behind it. We tried everything...

It has seen better days and now resides in the garage behind the camp, waiting for some one to restore her.


The one on the right is Jimmy's “Blue Gnat,” a 15' Baja with a 105 Chrysler outboard. It was one of the fastest boats ever at Wormwood. It leaked quite a bit and Jimmy had to install a bilge pump with an automatic switch to keep it floating. It ran at about 50 miles an hour... and boy was it fun. It could handle two or three skiers at a time. Jimmy had to sell it around 1980, because the kids had a habit of scaring the daylights out of us, by almost falling overboard at high speeds.