Victor Bedford and his ice boat, photographed in about 1932 according to author Denis Marshall. Marshall writes, “A fascination with the principle of aircraft propulsion inspired this teenage-tinkerer to build his own over-the surface craft. Drawing on Bill Newnes’ metal-working expertise and Sam Miller’s mechanical skills, the young Bedford combined a hull, ski undercarriage and a 22-horsepower Evinrude Speedittwin outboard motor into a machine that could approach 40 miles an hour.” <em>Image from the Denis Marshall Collection and courtesy the Archives at R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum. </em>

Victor Bedford and his ice boat, photographed in about 1932 according to author Denis Marshall. Marshall writes, “A fascination with the principle of aircraft propulsion inspired this teenage-tinkerer to build his own over-the surface craft. Drawing on Bill Newnes’ metal-working expertise and Sam Miller’s mechanical skills, the young Bedford combined a hull, ski undercarriage and a 22-horsepower Evinrude Speedittwin outboard motor into a machine that could approach 40 miles an hour.” Image from the Denis Marshall Collection and courtesy the Archives at R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum.

Shuswap history in pictures: Ice boat

Victor Bedford and his ice boat

Victor Bedford and his ice boat, about 1932 according to author Denis Marshall. Marshall writes, “A fascination with the principle of aircraft propulsion inspired this teenage-tinkerer to build his own over-the surface craft. Drawing on Bill Newnes’ metal-working expertise and Sam Miller’s mechanical skills, the young Bedford combined a hull, ski undercarriage and a 22-horsepower Evinrude Speedittwin outboard motor into a machine that could approach 40 miles an hour.”

Image from the Denis Marshall Collection and courtesy the Archives at R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum.

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