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Press Release

In 1890, Scott J. Matthews founded the Matthews Boat Company in Bascom, Ohio. Fifteen years later, in 1906, Matthews, designed and built a 70 foot yacht. This vessel was capable of taking himself, and family of four, plus two others, on a 9,000 mile trip. 

The adventure, of almost one year, transversed the eastern half of the United States, which is now referred to as the "Great Loop". This trip was a "first" for a private yacht and its success resulted in moving the Matthews Company to Port Clinton in 1906. 

This past year, in collaboration with the Maritime Museum of Sandusky, a documentary was made. It includes many of the original photos taken along the way. the narrative is based on the written account of Scott Matthews. 

This video production will be presented by Bob Reynolds, grandson of Scott Matthews at the Sutton Center, East Perry Street, Port Clinton, Ohio on Sunday, March 1st at 2pm. 

The Antique Boat Museum recently acquired the Matthews Boat Company archive, the most complete boat collection known in the United States. For any interested parties or Matthews owners that would like to find out more about their boat, please fill out a Research Request Form and return it to Claire Wakefield, Curatorial Assistant, cwakefield@abm.org.

Read About the transfer of the MBOA archival collection to the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, NY and the dedication honoring Edna Johnson, past Secretary, Editor and Historian.