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Old 06-15-2015, 11:43 AM   #1
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Default Wreck-"Weonit"

I found this last fall in Lees Mills and dove it recently. Finally I have a wreck with a name on it: WEONIT.

The "O" was missing but a review of the video has me believing it is the correct letter, given what it spells out. The video is interesting to me but I can't say it is compelling enough to post.

I have contacted Jane Rice at the Moultonboro Historical Society for help and she's on it, but she also said the name sounds so familiar. I checked my steamer/boat list and don't see it.

Given the fact I saw what would appear to be an exhaust pipe on the stern to the right of where a prop would be (centerline) I am confident this is not a steamer but a very old gas powered boat. Has a deep hull, high sides. I also found about 10 feet of copper piping about 1/4" in diameter with a ferrule on one end-I would assume it is a gasoline feed line.

Vessel found in 12 feet of water-viz maybe 6 feet on the bottom. But that's Lees Mills so it was no surprise.

Can anyone shed light on who owned the WEONIT?
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Old 09-11-2015, 05:56 PM   #2
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I was surprised to see a recent post mentioning the "Weonit". My great uncle, Willis M. Carter had one of these but I thought the name was "Weownit". I'll check my family history to see if I can determine the correct spelling. Last story I heard was that when he passed, the boat was left to family. It was stored at Lee's Mill where it deteriorated and was later hauled out to deeper water and sunk.

I would dearly love to know more about this boat. I believe the motor, a one cylinder Ford, was used as a mooring anchor somewhere in front of Camp Inwood. The motor was stored in the old boathouse at the camp and when the boathouse was taken down around 1960, the motor was tossed in the lake. Camp Inwood was built by Will Carter.

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