Re-launching of the "New" JOHN T.
In 1988 the JOHN T. HUTCHINSON was towed off the Lakes for overseas
dismantling - Yet another great piece of maritime history was lost off the Lakes
forever...or was it!
Through my personal "John T. Hutchinson Collection" and the skilled
craftsmanship of model ship builder, Bob Schaar, the once proud JOHN T.
HUTCHINSON will sail once again - at least in the form of a 1/400th scale
Bob Schaar began building the replica model of the "Hutch" for me in January of
2003, with a projected "re-launching" of early Spring 2003.
Below is a photographic gallery of its progression.
Construction of the "New" John T. Hutchinson
Christening & Re-launching
On Saturday April 12, 2003, I arrived near Cleveland Ohio to photograph the
"John T model" near her original 1943 launch site. In attendance was myself,
friend Dave Edwards and his wife, Marge, and Mrs. Jane Cauffield-Hutchinson -
John T. Hutchinson's daughter. Model builder Bob Schaar was unfortunately unable
to attend the event.
The day started off with the christening party having lunch at the Red Clay
Restaurant, where Jane was able to see the newly completed model for the first
time. She was extremely pleased with the superb detail of the model and told
several stories of her time aboard the "Hutch" as a child.
Upon leaving the restaurant, we all headed over to Janes where, again, she
fascinated us with even more stories of her time aboard and around the Great
Lakes shipping industry. Finally, Dave opened a bottle of Champaign, while
nearly taking my ear off with the cork in the process. Upon filling our glass we
each sipped our Champaign, while watching Jane dip her finger in her glass. She
then tapped lightly on the hull and stated, "I christen thee JOHN T.
Lunch w/Jane Hutchinson-Cauffield (L to R Dave Edwards's wife Marge, Dave Edwards, Jane H. and John Harris)
If you would like to inquire about your favorite boat
being built or would like to ask the shipbuilder a question:
Email Bob Schaar.
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