A Connecticut marina owner acquired SILVER KING in the usual way that marinas end up as reluctant boat owners, and he is now trying to find her a new home. This is truly an opportunity to bring back a piece of nautical history from a bygone era
According to Knee-Deep in Shavings: Memories of Early Yachting and Boatbuilding on the West Coast
by Norman C. Blanchard and Stephen Wilen, SILVER KING was built by N.J. Blanchard in his boatyard at 3201 Fairview Avenue East in Seattle, WA, for Mrs. A.K. Eskridge of Los Angeles. While Lloyd's listed her in 1933 as being designed by Ted Geary, Norman C. Blanchard, son of N.J. and age 14 at the time, says that she was actually one of the first designs of Edwin Monk, Sr. SILVER KING was launched in 1925, and in return Mrs. Eskridge paid the Blanchard Boat Company $35,000. Apparently, the boat name was a reference to the mine that provided her wealth, and the name remains the same after 87 years.
SILVER KING is described in a 1925 Pacific Motor Boat
magazine article as "...a sturdy vessel with raised deck forward, pilot house amidships and long trunk cabin, containing the main living quarters aft. There will be plenty of deck room for lounging as well as a pleasant observation space in the large pilot house." She was even going to have a "Frigidaire refrigerating machine for the galley."
A subsequent PMB story describes her as having oak frames "mainly bent, but with every fifth frame sawed to give rigidity to the hull. The planking is 1-1/2 inch Port Orford cedar and all bright work, including the deck and houses, is of teak." The original twin Hall-Scott marine 6-cylinder 100hp gas engines turning Hyde propellers were installed amidships.
"She is in need of a complete restoration. The engines are missing. They were removed for repower and I believe they went to the metal scrap yard. What a shame. We have an outstanding yard bill on her. We are looking for what we have into her but are willing to speak with anyone."
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