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Re: Historic Wooldridge Pictures

Posted: Mon Dec 14, 2015 11:05 am
by glen wooldridge
Read the story of the first and second trip up the Salmon River in The Rogue: A River to Run chapter 18: Up the River of No Return.

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Re: Historic Wooldridge Pictures

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 9:56 am
by glen wooldridge
We ran on into Salmon there were several hundred people waiting to see the finish of the trip. They were all really excited. Carl Brower and another fellow, Joe Herndon, bought the boat intending to keep it on display there at salmon. It took us about 22 hours running time to make the 180 miles. We hired a plane to fly us back to Riggins, then drove back home in the car.

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Re: Historic Wooldridge Pictures

Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2015 2:26 pm
by glen wooldridge
Here is some footage from my Grandpa’s long time friend Doc Roberts taken in the 1950’s. Doc Roberts is mentioned several times in Grandpas book The Rogue: A River to Run.
Thank you Robert’s family for the footage.

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Re: Historic Wooldridge Pictures

Posted: Fri Dec 18, 2015 3:07 pm
by glen wooldridge
Just a reminder, Christmas is coming up in one week. For those of you who havent finished your Christmas shopping, we have our Cristmas Special available at http://www.wooldridgeboats.com.

For the sportsman in your family who is hard to shop for: We are offering a holiday gift package that is sure to please him or her. Our package includes the book Rogue: A River to Run, The 1941 Rogue River Trip with Glen Wooldridge DVD, and the Alaskan Adventure DVD.


If you order this weekend, we will Ship it on Monday so you can give it to your loved one on Christmas!

Re: Historic Wooldridge Pictures

Posted: Mon Dec 21, 2015 9:44 am
by glen wooldridge
Glen Invents motor lift “Jackass Lift”
He had started his Hellgate Boat Tours, taking passenger from Grants Pass through Hellgate and back, but was having trouble making it over rougher places during the low-water season. There was danger of damaging his propeller on the rocks, but even worse danger of capsizing with the passengers aboard.
When he found he wouldn’t be able to run the course with the motor riding the way it did, he started experimenting with building a motor-lift.
It took several years before it was free of problems, but he finally came up with a good, workable lift that raises the entire motor up and back into the hump of water behind the boat.
I figured to get the prop back, away from the boat, and in the bulge of water that comes out from under the boat. That’s what we were shooting for really, with the lift. Then we could raise it and run in that hump of water instead of being down there in the rocks.
You have to remember that whatever your boat draft is, your prop is a foot deeper, without the lift. It is down there sticking out like a sore thumb , just ready to catch on anything that comes along.
With the lift, you let it down to start the motor, then raise it. That saves having to tip your motor. When you tip the motor, you get gasoline spills in the boat. The lift has a long handle to use in raising and lowering it.
You don’t have to take your prop all the way out of the water, just enough to miss the obstructions; rocks or whatever it is that’s in your way. We found it’s really the thing for running whitewater with a prop. It wasn’t long until we were getting orders from all over the country, from U.S. Fish and Wildlife, the state fisheries, the Army, guides up on the Yukon, Sheriffs offices, fishermen, and surveyors. They used it over on the Snake Rivers Hells Canyon when they were making the survey. We got orders from Saskatchewan. We shipped them to Alaska, Florida, and even one to Venezuela. We still sell quite a few of them.

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Re: Historic Wooldridge Pictures

Posted: Wed Dec 23, 2015 2:15 pm
by glen wooldridge

Re: Historic Wooldridge Pictures

Posted: Thu Dec 24, 2015 4:10 pm
by glen wooldridge
Merry Christmas From Wooldridge Boats!!!

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Re: Historic Wooldridge Pictures

Posted: Wed Dec 30, 2015 10:48 pm
by glen wooldridge
Glen runs the Ranie Falls fish ladder

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Re: Historic Wooldridge Pictures

Posted: Thu Dec 31, 2015 3:34 pm
by glen wooldridge

Re: Historic Wooldridge Pictures

Posted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:46 pm
by glen wooldridge
In 1983 Gordon came through the doors of Wooldridge Boats, and bought a Classic Inboard Jet boat from Glen. 34 years later he came back, it was time for an extensive refit. But Gordon was firm on the fact that he wasn’t yet ready to let his beloved boat go! So after much deliberation it was decided that the Chevy 6.2 DI engine with the Hamilton 212 jet would be the way to go. After the many upgrades he now has a boat that is performing better than the day it was new. It’s always encouraging to see a customer’s enthusiasm for their boat still burning strong over 30 years later.

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Re: Historic Wooldridge Pictures

Posted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 3:37 pm
by glen wooldridge
You could own your own piece of history. Here is a 1976 23’ Wooldridge built by my uncle Bruce after my Grandfather retired, My Uncle Bruce and my cousins continued to build boats in Grants Pass with his sons, While my dad Bob set up the boat building operation here in Seattle. This Classic Wooldridge 23’ Welded hull is powered by twin Mercury 115HP Jets. The boat is a true barn find, the boat is said to be in excellent running condition. He is asking $10k. If you have any interest in this boat, call Joe at (479) 866-4342. The boat is currently in Arkansas. This boat is similar to the one my uncle Bruce built for grandpa to run Hells Gate on the Fraser in 1975.

-Glen

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Re: Historic Wooldridge Pictures

Posted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:30 pm
by glen wooldridge
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Bob Wooldridge back in the 80’s in a motor forward center console Fishing Machine.

Re: Historic Wooldridge Pictures

Posted: Fri Oct 27, 2017 10:19 am
by glen wooldridge
Cool old photo from the late 70's of the old factory with boats in various stages of completion. Boat is a Classic with low sides, behind that a classic with high sides, way in the back of the photo is a custom workboat. Neat snapshot!

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Re: Historic Wooldridge Pictures

Posted: Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:40 am
by Tookalook
Does that message from photo bucket not allow the pictures

Re: Historic Wooldridge Pictures

Posted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:54 am
by glen wooldridge
Tookalook wrote:
Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:40 am
Does that message from photo bucket not allow the pictures
Correct. They are essentially holding everybody's photos hostage unless you pay for their $400 dollar a year service. Imageshack.com is who I am using now. It is a pay service but much cheaper at $3.99 a month.

Re: Historic Wooldridge Pictures

Posted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:37 am
by glen wooldridge
Bob Wooldridge celebrated his 93rd birthday this week!
He was instrumental in moving the company to Seattle back in 1973 from Grants Pass, OR. Bob still drives himself to the shop where he makes the rounds checking in with the crew.

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Re: Historic Wooldridge Pictures

Posted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 11:56 am
by glen wooldridge
Photograph from the book: The Rouge, A River to Run.

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Re: Historic Wooldridge Pictures

Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:35 am
by glen wooldridge
Bob an Glen running the Skykomish River in a very early tunneled Wooldridge Plus Boat, powered by a 80hp Mariner outboard.

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Re: Historic Wooldridge Pictures

Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:17 am
by glen wooldridge
Glen Wooldridge guiding a trip down the Rogue River. Over time he had the chance to take many celebrities and presidents down rivers. This trip it was Truman Bradley. Truman stared in many movies of the day, but his radio announcing is probably what he is best known for. The Frank Sinatra Show, The Red Skelton Program and The Burns and Allen Show, to name a few. Also notice the camera mounted on the bow, possibly the first selfie captured on film! Ok, maybe not.

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Re: Historic Wooldridge Pictures

Posted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 12:59 pm
by glen wooldridge
Photo from the early days of Wooldridge Boats and Glen Sr. Running up the Rogue River. Those were some days!

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Re: Historic Wooldridge Pictures

Posted: Wed Apr 04, 2018 1:54 pm
by glen wooldridge
Glen Wooldridge and Charley Foster during a shakedown run on the Rogue in 1947 in preparation for the 1948 trip up the Salmon River. We grow accustomed to the feat, and I think in many ways we lose the sense of amazement of what these folks were doing back then. There were no handheld radios or cellphones to call for help when you banged your prop or punched a hole in the hull of your wooden boat. No, you relied on your skills, your knowledge of the river and the good Lord seeing you through! Yeah, those were the days!

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Re: Historic Wooldridge Pictures

Posted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:26 pm
by glen wooldridge
Glen getting a congratulatory handshake in Salmon City after completing his 1948 run up the Salmon River.

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Re: Historic Wooldridge Pictures

Posted: Fri Apr 27, 2018 9:23 am
by glen wooldridge
This boat is 1 of 2 Custom Classics built in the early 80’s for longline Halibut fishing in the waters around Kodiak Island, Alaska. Powered by twin 4-cyl Mercury 470 I/O engines these 25’ long 9’ beam boats were true workhorses! Check that load of fish in that last picture!

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Re: Historic Wooldridge Pictures

Posted: Fri May 18, 2018 12:22 pm
by glen wooldridge
Glen Wooldridge and Hugh Brown running on the Rogue in the late 1940’s. Hugh owned a lumber mill in the Apple Gate Valley. From time to time he would get a spruce tree in at the mill and he would call up Glen. Glen liked the durability of Spruce and would have those milled into 3/4” thick planks to cover the plywood hull for extra protection! Think of it as the 1940’s version of UHMW! Ha! Boat was powered by a 33hp Evinrude.

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Re: Historic Wooldridge Pictures

Posted: Thu May 31, 2018 9:48 am
by glen wooldridge
Super cool old Mercury print ad from 1951 after Glen Sr. ran the Rogue River. Classic stuff!

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