The "Great American Yacht Classics" Series

Distinctive, limited-edition, fine art prints commemorating magnificent yachts from "America's Golden Age."

Lady Elin
- Builder and Owner History

Elco Boat Works ~ Bayonne, New Jersey ~ 1930

Specifications: LOA: 50' – Year: 1930 – Type: Cruiser Series 310 – LOA: 50' – Beam: 12' – Draft: 3' 6” - Machinery: Tin six cylnder Peerless Auto-Marine Engines – Replaced with Twin Perkins 200's – Tankage: Fuel/Water: 300/200 – Hull: Mahogany over Oak – Hull Number; 229765 – Tonnage: 15.11

Company History: The Elco Works was founded in 1893 as a division of the Electric Boat Company. While Chris Craft, Gar Wood, and Shepard were highly respected during this era they never achieved Elco's levels of quality. During WW II the company produced 399 PT Boats contributing to some of the biggest profits in the firm's history. In 1949, as a consequence of a nation downsizing into peacetime, the company was forced to close its door; many feared forever. However in 1987, following a long hiatus, Joesph W. Fleming purchased Elco naming rights thus setting the stage to reposition the brand within the ranks of today's respected boat builders. Now headquartered in Highland, New York the company builds a series of high quality, eighteen to thirty foot electric launches.

Vessel History: Built in 1939, this yacht was owned by Fred and Barbara DeRatto in 1989. The year of her launch she went by the name “Martha”. By 2005 she had seen 14 owners and in 1999 was donated by the DeRatto's to the Boy Scouts of America. One of her most colorful owners was non other than Howard Hughes who registered her as “Veta” for the Hughes Tool Company. Of course a number of stories are told about this period. One of them is that even though he never set foot on the boat he had a full time crew standing by keeping the boat maintained and ready to sail at a moments notice. The other tale is opposite. “Vita” was Howard's favorite place to entertain lady friends during his Florida visits.

  Archival Pigment Print Limited Edition: 100
Size choices: Large* 20"x 30" I Medium 12"x 18"

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