Paul writes: "The pictured runabout was
Whirlwind's early attempt in
manufacturing B.U. runabouts. This particular boat was their first and was entered
into the N.Y marathon in the late 1940s (powered by a Mercury Lightning outboard) and won
"Dear Ollie, The two pictures
clearly show a better time long ago, from a very rich American heritage and tradition. The
outside photograph shows the Whirlwind boat plant from the mid 1950's, full production.
The inside photograph shows some of the canoe line and, at the right, a sailboat hull.
To the rear is a cabin cruiser hull. Also, to the left of the cabin cruiser
hull, is a very large industrial band saw which was used for rough cutting many parts. All
the way to the right rear of the building there is a large, round object that sort of
looks like the Japanese character Mothra. Well, it's not; it is one of Whirlwind's
autoclaves used to cure the glues which held these boats together. I'm sorry, but
the employees were extremely shy and would not give me their names. I even had
Franny try to coax it out of them by her promising to bake one of her delicious New
England apple pies; however, no luck. I guess we'll have to promise something else.
Will keep you posted. Leroi et ux."
<curator's note: "Leroi" is one of Paul's
pen-names, and of course, "et ux" is Frances , his wife, baker of those famous
New England apple pies.>
"P.S. Until earlier this year, <1998>
the boat factory was still standing. A number of years ago, the principal owner of
Whirlwind, Mr. Charles Abramo (Charlie, as most of us know him), sold the facility to the
AAI Corporation, a military defense contractor. AAI sold the building and the
property to an automobile dealer and all is being turned into a Pontiac dealership."
of Whirlwind boat factory in Cockeysville, MD. As you can see, there are two lines
of boats--the sailboats on the left and the runabouts on the right."
"Photograph from the New York boat
show in the early 1950's. While everyone was cozy inside, there was a helluva snow
storm outside that year. The outboard is an evinrude 14 h.p. Fastwin. We think
Ollie was on the other side of the lake chasing a couple of other girls, one a redhead and
the other one a freckle-faced Michigan opera star. Can you guess who?"
"Ol' senile can't remember
what river it's on. Oh, it's Middle River--the Whirlwind B raceboat being pretested
before the New York Marathon. Remember? Huh? Sr. Sam"
(No comments from Paul on this one!)
"Whirlwind canoe of all molded mahogany
construction 1958 vintage. These boats were built for approximately three
"Dick, this is a better view ofWhirlwind's autoclave
system--quite large. Think of all the apple pies you could bake in those
autoclaves! What a business! Leroi & Fran, Franushka, Francesca [but
"Dick, What you're seeing is a
Kevin Fife and Paul Moneski comedy routine in progress at one of Bob Grubb's famous summer
eastern Pennsylvania meets. Kevin appears to be P.O.'d because I was using an Oliver
wrench on one of his Mercs. However, the truth be known, if you look a little more
closely at the photo, you'll see that Kevin consumed all of the Heinekin from the
case. He still thinks he's the straight man of the team. You be the judge,
pie man. Regards, Leroi et ux"
"Dear Richard Test Engineer, of
Fame and Fortune Magazine, I'm reporting in about my Martin
"200" under test several years ago running at 6800 rpm, with a factory test
wheel and with a sweet mixture of 1 1/8 pints of oil to the gallon of gasoline.
Looks good, doesn't it, Ollie? Martin said this was the secret to success for racing specs
and trophies. However, what I noticed was a super plus feature not advertised by Martin
that as such it's excellent for mosquito control. Your comments,
curator: I hope George Martin gets a chance to see this. He
would be impressed with your findings. Don't answer that knock on the door,
though. Its not fame and fortune beating a path there, its the EPA!
"Salt water fishing off the Florida coast from the
mid 1950's. Where's Ollie?"
"Captain Gorz, I think the picture is to show you what
one of several models of a Mercury chain saw actually looks like, or at least that's what
The actual discovered truth was a little different because it actually took Walt Disney's
seven dwarfs under licensee to operate one of these heavy babies. Hi Ho It's off the web
"Richard, If you think I'm restoring a Mercury Comet, you're
wrong. I'm just matching Oliver green paint."
"Captain G, Here's a picture of my recently restored Mercury Comet. The serial
number is 239734. Can anyone out there tell me if this motor is a 1947 or a 1948?
Incidentally, was the K emblem on the spark lever copied from Oliver K Series?
Mateys Paul & Fran"