Kate Smith's Classics
There may be some of you who never heard of Kate Smith. Kate was a full figured woman who hated being laughed at, but it never stopped her from becoming an American institution. Did you know that she owned four speedboat classics?
One of Kate Smith's boats was a 1929 Chris Craft. The boat was originally owned by Carl Conway, owner of Continental Can Co. in Lake Placid N.Y. Kate had purchased her in the late 1930's.
The current owner Jim Brennan found her near Utica, N.Y. where she sat for twenty years in the back of a barn. Restoration took five years. Boat l # 7 is 26' long with a beam of 6'8". Hull # 900, this model has the rare original Chris Craft V8 engine. Its 825 cubic inches produce 225 max hp rpm's are 2,200 which gives it a speed of about 45 miles per hour. Boat and motor are 6,000 + Lbs.
Picture Courtesy of Berkshire TV
Obtained a photo of Kate Smith, in boat believed to be the current day Shady Lady. Photo courtesy of Kate's biographer Richard K. Hayes, www.katesmith.org/.
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Kate Smith required a semi-enclosed boat for every day use, when she visited the 1938 boat show in New York City she purchased Sunshine 1, a 24 foot sportsman. The boat was sold when Miss Smith passed away. This boat has been in use on Lake Placid for sixty years.
When Kate Smith's camp on Lake Placid was sold Sunshine 11 pictured below was included in the sale. I have yet to see the boat outside where I could get a good picture. All boats are still in use and in good condition.
Next the restoration of Sunshine 111 the fourth classic speed boat Kate Smith owned.