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"Six Bits" & Capt. William F. Bergeron of the St. Croix River
My late father: William F. Bergeron (B. 1922- D. 1992), was a long time boat enthusiast. He was an accomplished ship Captain and an esteemed member of the United States Power Squadron organization. In the 1960's to early 1970's, my father was the owner/operator of the Hudson Marina at Hudson, Wisconsin on the St. Croix River. Although he sold many different types of ships, including Uniflite Cuddy Cabins at his marina, his first and enduring love, was always the wooden Chris Craft vessels. He owned, loved and brought back to life, several of them, restoring many wooden Chris Craft boats to their former glory. Subsequently, he was always on the lookout for them. I remember vividly, as a child, accompanying my parents on numerous road trips throughout Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin, visiting every marina, all the while on the look out for abandoned, dry docked, Chris Crafts. On one such excursion, while driving through the countryside, my father spied a lovely old Chris Craft runabout, abandoned in a field of tall weeds. Most people would have never even noticed the old beauty, perched on her contemporary trailer, swallowed up in a sea of tall autumnal grass, but my father had salt water in his veins and could sniff out and spot a wooden Chris Craft from a mile away. Father had to stop and check out the boat, and contact the owner to see if it was for sale. It was definitely abandoned by the owner who happily sold it to my father, on the spot, for the sum of $1.00, trailer and all! It was one of the happiest days of my father's life. What a deal and what a find! He named the boat "Six Bits" in homage to the dollar bill it cost him to buy. The boat was weathered and had been neglected sitting unused, in an overgrown farm field, for several years. But my father took that challenge, and restored Six Bits back into the elegant lady that she was born to be. Six Bits is a very nice old Chris Craft Special Runabout Speedboat with vintage trailer. Has original 6 Engine. Vintage 17' circa 1952 It is a Model K #55713 inboard, Hull # SR171420. (According to my friend: Joe Soucheray, only 750 of this particular ship were made by Chris Craft). Six Bits was docked on the Saint Croix River for many years, as my father drove her to work and back home from the Hudson Marina everyday. Even on days he didn't work, my father would head down to the dock and take her out for a spin. He loved that old wooden boat until the day he died.
Personal interview memories of William's youngest Daughter: Yvette. September 2016.
Stillwater Minnesota Senior High School Kabekonian Year Books, circa 1938, 1939, 1940
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