Filed under: Yachts & Sailing
This beautiful old yacht has a long history. The Matthews yacht was custom built in 1903 as a day cruiser for James Packard, the car manufacturer. This flush-deck type motor yacht has dual cabins and was used by Mr. Packard on Chautauqua Lake, New York hosting guests including Henry Ford and Thomas Edison. It represents the great beginnings of wooden motor yachts and has white oak frames with white cedar planking and mahogany interior trim. The exterior hardware is brass and the running lights and spotlight which were manufactured prior to 1890 were once oil lamps which have been converted to electric. This yacht was designated as a U.S. Postal boat in the 1970s and was portrayed on a special stamp. The nearly 42-foot yacht is listed for $750,000.