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Houseboat "Doris" (1909-1912)


Houseboat "Doris" (1909-1912)


Houseboat "Doris" (1909-1912)


Title: J.P. Hood Archive Related to Houseboat “Doris”
Author: Documents from the estate of J.P. Hood
Description: Collection of almost 200 documents related to the construction of the Houseboat “Doris”. Documents include hand-written letters, type-written carbon copies, commercial receipts and invoices, hand-written postcards, magazine clippings, advertising flyers, bank drafts, and bills of lading. Included is an itemized list of the documents in the archive. Also, additional background material related to the boat.

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J.P. Hood, business manager of the Charlottetown “Guardian” newspaper, began consideration for construction of a pleasure craft in 1909. Initially, Hood was giving thought to building a 25-foot high-speed gasoline-engine launch. Over time, however, Hood changed his plans from a speed boat to a house boat. Those plans were prepared by E.E. Griswold of New York City in January 1911. Construction was undertaken by L.&N. Paquet of Souris, P.E.I., and work completed in June 1911. However, the following year, Hood decided to extend the length of the houseboat by 3 feet “not only to give … more deck space, but also to make (the) boat look better in appearance.” It’s not clear if the extension ever took place. It’s reported Hood sold the boat the same year.