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Dreadnaught plan PB oct1910-1smsm.jpg


In the shop, preparing to lift the hull for the new keel.

Dreadnaught pictured in Power Boating magazine, October 1910

In the shop, before stripping. 


Home-marinized 1937 Ford Flathead V8, Dreadnaught's fourth engine, before removal. 

Profile and plan of  Dreadnaught

Profile and plan of Dreadnaught

Rat's nest, since removed

An article from 1910 on the material Dreadnaught is made of, galvanized American ingot iron, a product of the American Rolling Mill Co. Middleton Ohio.


I am restoring a 1910 35' raised-deck cruiser for charter and personal use. It is an amazing boat in many ways. Designed by Morris Whitaker, perhaps the preeminent designer of cruisers of the time. Dreadnaught was built by the Hyde Metal Boat Company, a forward-thinking firm which built boats out of galvanized non-corrosive iron. The original owner was Louis W. Moore, of Woolworth's.

Advertisement for the Hyde Metal Boat Company featuring Dreadnaught. Seen in Motor Boating, Power Boating, and Rudder Magazines 1910-1911.

Another design by Morris Whitaker from the same year, pictured in Motor Boating magazine.

The boat as it looked on the day I bought it, August 2012. The cabin shown was added by the Robinson family in the early 1940s.

With the old keel removed. 

With the old keel removed. 

Patent drawings of the machine invented by George Hyde, which made possible the complex bends necessary to make an attractive boat out of sheet metal. 

The next engine, a Westerbeke 4-107 diesel

Cutting out the new keel

Morris M. Whitaker, Designer of Dreadnaught, pictured in Motor Boating magazine in 1909.

The galvanized iron hull, stripped of the old paint.

An article on Dreadnaught and the future of metal boats, from Power Boating magazine October 1910.

A gasoline launch sold by Hyde Metal Boat Co., which could be ordered as a knocked-down kit shipped in a large crate. 

Newly painted

Documents found aboard

Looking forward