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Old 12-14-2015, 09:21 PM   #1
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Default Old boat-Wheeler Sunlight Sedan

Until I found a Higgins last summer I had never heard of them.

The attached clip from July 31, 1939 is of another line called Wheeler I have never heard of. What I found interesting is that it's a twin, and launched at G&H. Some sort of cruiser.

Googling for a picture brings back Google books links and it's tough to get a good image off that.

Can anyone come up with a picture of this Make & Model?
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Old 12-15-2015, 06:29 AM   #2
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This Wheeler was the twin-diesel cruiser seen in the opening segment of the Gilligan's Island TV show of the 1960s. The SS Minnow name was adopted from the last name of a Washington bureaucrat who controlled the FCC.

The recent purchase and restoration of that 36-footer was about double its original cost. The whole story below.

http://www.gilligansisle.com/images/minnow/minnow.jpg

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Old 12-15-2015, 07:54 AM   #3
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Higgins made the swift PT boats used in World War II. Remember PT 109?
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Diver, do you remember where they sunk the Judge Sewell?
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ApS-very nice picture Thank you just what I wanted to see.


As to the Judge Sewall, based on what I've come across in the past, which is very little, she was supposed to have gone down around Winter Harbor, possibly near the entrance to WH as opposed to being further in. Her engine is also supposed to be on the bottom as well in that area. Don't know if it was scuttled or due to an accident.

As to Higgins, once I found that wreck and posted it all sorts of info came up on the Forum-quite a history there-thank you all who contributed.
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Around 1950, my family owned a 48 ft Wheeler and I have found 2 pictures that clearly show that it was a slightly different model. Two cabins foward, Galley with ice box and alc. stove, up 3 steps into living area which had a pullout couch and 2 large Captain chairs, The master suite was aft with two single beds that were builtin and a master bath with shower. There was a second head across from galley. Single station controls located on sunbridge. The boat was a maintenance nightmare as construction was all teak and mahogany. Engins were gas.
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For those who might be interested, Wheeler still has a web site and it is very interesting. Simply Google Wheeler Boats.
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ApS-very nice picture Thank you just what I wanted to see.


As to the Judge Sewall, based on what I've come across in the past, which is very little, she was supposed to have gone down around Winter Harbor, possibly near the entrance to WH as opposed to being further in. Her engine is also supposed to be on the bottom as well in that area. Don't know if it was scuttled or due to an accident.

As to Higgins, once I found that wreck and posted it all sorts of info came up on the Forum-quite a history there-thank you all who contributed.
She was at the entrance to WH for quite a while but as I recall that was until they got all the permits necessary to sink her. It seems to me she was going to be sunk some place else, and I think she was hauled away but I just can't remember. I thought maybe you knew. Thanks.
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The Judge Sewell was towed to Lee's Mills, dismantled and taken to the dump.
See this older thread:
http://www.winnipesaukee.com/forums/...t=judge+sewell
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Wheeler site has a vintage slide show:

http://www.wheeleryachts.com/earlier_yachts.html

Found 2 more pictures also.

Basicly these particular Wheelers are big cruisers. Seems they ranged from 30 feet+- to about 50 feet+-.
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