‘Steel King History’ Category
May 24, 2013 by MikeEver wonder what's in a blog? The focus can change based on what's been posted over time. For example, a year ago, this was the word cloud I built from wordle.net based on the content associated with this site:Just recently, I produced another word cloud and got this result: It's pretty interesting, but what does it mean? When I started this blog, my intent was to highlight the Steel King boat I grew up on in the 1000 Islands during the 1960's on Calumet Island. It still is a main focus as I discover more about the heritage of this boat line from Grafton Boat Works. However, I realized as I started blogging that what made those days special was not only the Steel King, but Calumet Island and the 1000 Islands region I was so familiar with. The sights I saw, the sounds I heard, the fish, the waves, the wind, the weather, swimming, dreaming. So in the second wordle word cloud you can see large text representing that content shift; words like "islands", "American" and "Adonis" (the ABL tour boat), "Clayton", "Calumet". In the future when I run another word cloud I suspect it will be populated by even more terms that represent the beautiful 1000 Islands. That's what I miss. The boat was the way to be there and see it with my family as my brother and I grew up. The region is timeless. I'm not doing this blog for huge audiences or from an SEO (search engine optimization) perspective, but for the love of boating in the 1000 Islands. If you have any questions about the Clayton, Alex Bay area or Steel King boats I'd love to hear from you. Also feel free to follow me on Twitter (see the button at the top of the page or the Twitter Timeline on the sidebar). I hope you're having a great pre-summer and enjoying some of what the 1000 Islands area has to offer! Mike
June 1, 2012 by Mike
Steel King boatsYou can tell by this site I am a fan of Steel King boats made famous by the Grafton Boat Company, or Grafton Boat Works (I've seen it referred to both ways). No doubt there's some history to this company, which I hope to present in the future. Here, though, is a sneak peak to what I believe is a predecessor to my father's 26 foot boat. If you look carefully, you can see the Steel King logo in the white area above the starboard vent. Do you know anyone who still has one of these?