Utah Lake's S.S. Sho-Boat topic of his­tory pre­sen­ta­tion

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By Dianne King

The ca­reer of the S.S. Sho-Boat on Utah Lake will be the topic of the lec­ture, “The S.S. Sho-Boat: Queen of Utah Lake,” spon­sored by the Springville Se­nior Cen­ter. The meet­ing will be held at the se­nior cen­ter, 65 E. 200 S., on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 4, at 6 p.m. Lo­cal his­to­rian, au­thor and re­tired ed­u­ca­tor D. Robert Carter will tell the in­ter­est­ing story of the largest boat ever to sail on Utah Lake.

Two of Provo’s me­chan­i­cally gifted men, He­witt Strong and Elmer Smith, con­structed the S.S. Sho-Boat. Its col­or­ful ca­reer on Utah Lake be­gan in 1932 when it was char­tered by the Utah State Den­tists’ As­so­ci­a­tion for a state con­ven­tion out­ing. For the next decade and a half, par­ties, meet­ings, din­ners, dances and even a wed­ding were held on board the 90 by 22-foot flat-bot­tomed boat. The craft reached a pin­na­cle of suc­cess in spite of such ma­jor draw­backs as the Great De­pres­sion, a se­vere drought which re­duced Utah Lake to an av­er­age depth of less than one foot, and World War II.

The Sho-Boat sailed the lake un­til 1947, when it was beached on the south side of the Provo River near the present Utah Lake State Park.

Many in­ter­est­ing in­ci­dents oc­curred on her decks and in her cabin. Mr. Carter will use over 100 pho­to­graphic im­ages as he re­veals the high­lights of the craft’s his­tory.

The pre­sen­ta­tion, which is free and open to the pub­lic, will trans­port older res­i­dents of Utah Val­ley back into a nos­tal­gic era of Utah Lake’s his­tory. It will give young­sters and new­com­ers to the area a chance to travel into the lake’s un­fa­mil­iar past.

The S.S. Sho-Boat was the largest boat to sail on Utah Lake.

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