Does anyone know anything about these builders? MMD sent me the following info: "There is/was a designer-builder in Kingston, Ontario (east end of
Lake Ontario) named David Mason (I believe) that would be a likely candidate. He was originally from Tancook Island - birthplace of Tancook Whalers and David Stevens of Lunenburg schooner fame - but moved to Kingston in the early 'sixties. He passed away a few years ago, but I believe his son is
carrying on the family business. Hope that this helps."
Over the years, many people have gotten naval architect Al Mason confused with designer/builder David Mason. It doesn't help that they were contemporaries during the 1950s.
There is very little info on the web that I could find. I did learn they were known for their I/O boats, but that is about it.
I thought I had a great lead when I saw that WoodenBoat magazine had an article on "Mason Boat Works" in issue #9, March/April 1976. I dug out my copy of the issue and discovered the article was actually about "Manson Boat Works" - different company, different country.
Every now and again I receive a design verification inquiry that I suspect is actually a Mason Boat Works creation, but I really have no idea of the types, sizes, etc. that Mason Boat Works produced. If a design is not Al Mason's, I try to redirect the person to whose design it really is.
I do not charge for verifications. I do it to keep some people honest and to help other people locate the missing provenance of their boat.
Any info on Mason Boat Works would be greatly appreciated. Thank you - Anita