THE FIREMAN WAS A LADY


| July/August 1967



Belmont Harbor

Courtesy of Lois Gollick, 407 Caledonia St,. La Crosse, Wiscosin 54601. Fry's Fantasy in a slip at Belmont Harbor, Chicago, Illinois

Lois Gollick

407 Caledonia St., La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601

'The Boat' was the embodiment of the man's brain-child and, at long last, here she was all ship shape her paint drying in the summer sun.

Over a period of many years the man, Clark LoRell Fry, had been perfecting his own particular type of power production and had actually been remarkably successful. Steam power was his specialty and he often laughingly said that he could smell a steam engine a city block away. He loved them all any size, shape or model!

In the early days of World War II a need for shallow draft boats became apparent and Clark, (as everyone called him never 'Mr. Fry'), was consumed with an overwhelming desire to build such a boat as his own personal contribution to the war effort.

Metal of all kinds was hard to come by, but whatever materials or fittings he required for 'The Boat', he got; and he got them on his signature rather than a Priority Number. The gods had certainly smiled upon him in those hectic days of shortages, rationing, priorities and red tape.

The entire hull was made of steel. At one time during construction it was estimated that there was a mile and a quarter of welding rod on her seams. Fuel bunkers lined the inside of the cabin, also constructed of steel, with plate glass windshield and windows. Her 'vital statistics' were 49' 6' length, 10' 2' beam, and approximately 15' draft.