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Betty Jane moored at the confluence of the Kentucky and Ohio Rivers in Carrollton, Kentucky. Alexander's brother, Mike, landed in Mrs. Smith's private airfield walking distance up the tributary. Dale and Alexander tied up here to pick Mike and Alexander's niece, Malika up for a few days on the water.

Betty Jane, the Mother Ship

Elizabeth "Betty" Jane McWilliam Harris, Dale's Mother.

Betty Jane is the antithesis of her namesake, Elizabeth "Betty" Jane Harris, Dale's mother--a taciturn and practical Midwestern dairy farmer's daughter who never really understood luxury, much less extravagance. The boat, is a 1955 Chris Craft Corsair, forty-five feet built in Algonac, Michigan, the star of River Queens: Saucy boat, stout mates, spotted dog, America, and deserves a page all to herself.


An archival photograph of Pramela hanging off her davits at Eisenhower Yacht Club on Lake Texoma outside Denison, Texas.

Pramela, the Dinghy

A pram, hence Pramela, is distinctive by its snub nose and wide beam. Pramela is stable enough to  pass the Doris Faye from big boat to tender and short enough to hang in davits over the transom.  She is solid mahogany ply, glue & stitch construction, built from a Chesapeake Light Craft, Eastport Pram kit.


Sister Ships

1954 Chris Craft Corsair, 45 feet. Irresistible. Craig Sjostrom, owner.

There are other restorations on the water. Betty Jane's sister ships witness our same commitment to the preservation of maritime history. Their owners/curators send us examples of their work and their stories.

1939 Elco, 53 feet. Riptide. Captain Peter Riess and Dennis Ballard, owners and curators.