Thursday, July 03, 2014
Who was "Bertha Mae", and why did she get a Keel Boat named after her? Maybe that was the name of Mike Fink's mother (I hope her name wasn't "Gullywhumper"). I love that the keel boats were not on a rail like their larger river sisters. The guy at the oar really did steer the thing - for better or worse. They say that a tipping boat sealed the fate of this attraction, but my guess is that it had been in danger of closing anyway.
Moments later, a canoe passes by; notice the small crowd of fisherman at the dock in the center of the picture.