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Original H. Marshall Gardiner post card from the 1930's.
"Nantuckrome" Published by the Photochrome Process Company,
divided back, unused, mint condition.

The Original Beetle Cat Boat was designed in 1920, and in 1921 it began to appear along the New England and south shores of Cape Cod, on Buzzard's Bay, on Narragansett Bay, at Nantucket Island, and on the Great South Bay of Long Island. Over 4,000 of these boats have been built to date. As the virtues of this class of craft came to be appreciated, Beetles made an important place for themselves in racing.
The design of the Original Beetle Cat Boat was taken from the old 20-30 foot catboats that were being used for fishing in shallow waters along Cape Cod. Earning a living in this area required a boat capable of withstanding rough waters, and able to cross over the sand bars that were such a menace, particularly at low tide. Catboats could overcome this difficulty because they had rudders that were slightly above the keel line of the boat, and centerboards which could be pulled up. The Original Beetle Cat Boat is 12' 4" long, and is a design adaptation of the great Cape Cod Cats.
The Beetle Cat Boat was named after the Beetle family who designed and originally constructed it.”
New England Beetle Cat Boat Association.

Rainbow Fleet Becalmed, Nantucket postcard. Gardiner Nantuckrome



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