Colo Springs, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1980
Join Date: Feb 2004
Historic River Boats Launch March 5 - Follow Them Downriver
The next Historic River Boats Afloat replica trip through the Grand Canyon launches on March 5, 2014. Helen Howard will be writing a daily report of the trip.
This 25 day trip will have three replicated boats that were original craft first run on a 1962 trip and again in 1964 to document what would be lost if two more dams were built within the Grand Canyon.
The story that the river runners were able to tell using these boats resulted in Congress agreeing not to fund any more dams. As a result, some 25,000 people each year are able to run this river. These boats helped “Save The Grand Canyon” from more dams!
Helen, who is the trip leader, built a replica of the Susie Too, later renamed the Music Temple. She is the third person to replicate this historically significant boat.
Craig Wolfson has built a replica of the Flavell II that represented the last Cataract style boat built to run the Colorado.
The third boat of the 1962 boats replicated will be the 1962 replica of the Portola which was built in 2012 by Greg Hatten.
The Susie Two and Portola were the first two “dories” to run the Colorado River and are still used today as hard boats to run the Colorado.
Born from the 1962 and 1964 trips was the film , filmed by Martin Litton and written by David Brower. It was produced focusing on the splendor of the Grand Canyon and how we can all work together to save it from the “progress” of mankind.
The book Time and The River Flowing was also a product of these trips.
As a result of these two river trips visual and printed information successfully led to the saving of the Grand Canyon from two more dams.
All river runners today are able to enjoy the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon because of these boats and the courageous men and women who built and rowed them.
Go to Historic River Boats Afloat website historicriverboatsafloat.org to follow the blog.
Thanks and we will talk to you from the river!