Classic Australian Wooden Power Boats
Rob Horne sent in this picture of Mercury, a Lewis skiff.
Rob suspects the photo was taken at Greens Lake Corop with Ron Lynch from Echuca steering and that the boat in the background is Lou Crump's boat Lindy Lou.
Mercury ran a 266ci Ford V8 and held a speed record at one stage. Rob remembers seeing the boat race in the Frog Trophy at Yarrawonga and believes Mercury won the race in 1956.
A new boat was built by Keith Simpkin to replicate the original and was powered with Jag 6. Not much is known of this boat and its race history with the Jag motor except that his late brother Geoff Horne bought it from Cam Pickens of Echuca. He replaced the Jag with a fresh fuel injected Windsor 266 ci Ford V8 coupled to a Haynes Vee drive .
The boat was raced at various VSBC meetings around late 1970's until retired. Geoff then set up a Jones hydroplane with 302 ci Guerney Eagle Ford V8, which unfortunately led to his death after a race accident at Lake Boga Nov 1981.
Mercury was sold to Gary Beehag who made it into a pretty quick social runabout and then sold it to someone around Sydney when Gary moved to QLD.