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Peter Black
03-19-2001, 01:21 PM
Im wondering if anybody knows if Duke Marine of Port Carling Ontario has a web site. I was in charge of the finish shop there back in the mid to late 80s working on the old Muskoka Launches. Im also trying to locate Jeremy Masterson who was a boatwright there and moved back to the East Coast somewhere around 1990. Id also like to contact Terry McFadyen from Bracebridge (back then) and may well still work there.
Thanks for any assistance

03-22-2001, 11:08 PM
Since Muskoka is in my neck of the woods, I did a search. The boatyard you mention is listed (as Duke Boatworks or Duke Marine Services) on local Muskoka business sites and on Industrie Canada, but apparently does not have a web site of its own. Ed Skinner is listed as the owner, phone number 705-765-3141.

Peter Black
03-23-2001, 10:42 AM
Thanks blaydone:
Thanks for your efforts. I feel kind of apologetic because I should have mentioned that I used to be the Brightworks specialist there. But twelve years ago I had enough snow and black flies and moved to a small fishing village just outside of Victoria on Vancouver Island where there are no screens on the windows (no blood sucking bugs!) and snow shovels are what you see in the museum.

Barrie eh! Small world, I spent 13 years in Wasaga Beach. (73-86) Party Capitol of Canada. Every time you mention Wasaga Beach even out here someone will say, Wow what a party animal place that was. I remember one Holiday weekend in the late 70s (I think), the OPP blocked off all the roads into the town from tourists because it was full. The population of about 3,000 were swarmed with over 80,000 tourists, some said it was 100,000 but who was counting. No particular reason just nice weather. I remember they used to bring the army in from time to time from Meaford for crowd control. It was considered a training ground for the OPP, when the Dardenella and Windjammer was open. Back in the thirties and forties it was the place to be for all the rich and famous as far as Hollywood. Clark Gable was rumoured to have a cottage there but they say it burned down, so who knows for sure.

Ah the good old days.

Im just trying to see if I can track down a couple of my buddies at Duke Marine.

Thanks again for your time blaydone

03-25-2001, 06:41 PM
Hey!! I guess that you have never been to a Clemson game, or an Ohio State Game. Try to keep the varnish can lid on eh!

Peter Black
03-25-2001, 07:09 PM
Good point Rusty
Maybe the wild party came out of that Varnish can far too many times.