There is a boat, let down theshore,
A one, as no one's seen before,
It's fifty feet inlength we know,
A hundredpassengers can go,
And this is not a dream.
William Carey is the name,
And well built, built by men offame,
Someone, we all do know.
Who's called the
And fifty feet in length you see,
So there is now a show.
For us all to take a ride,
(As least so says George C.Wright)
The owner of thesame.
He feels proud, no wander why,
Because no boat will pass him by,
To lay on him ashame.
It is a four thousand one,
So you see this is no fun,
(or Joke)what we do say.
The first ones, as I understand,
It's Mayor Comstock with his man,
To show thisboat his way.
Yea, everyone will sure adore
To dedicate, t'leftJesiek's shore
(The ninths) The month of June,
The Mayor first of Saugatuck
Also his council, they struckluck,
The band did play a tune.
The Mayor, I think had the say,
Where she should go on her first
From there to
Then Saugatuck their own good
Believe they have some fun.
But fancy this, this boat willmake,
A daily trip without mistake,
The fare how much, I do not know,
Whole Saugatuck will surely go,
And those thatlive that way.
And all you farmers, here is luck,
Pick out your picture day.
Take out you autos to this boat,
She takes one hundred to a load,
And takes youeither way.
Theexcursion boat William Carey was built in 1914 by the JesiekCompany of
The vesselwas 48 feet long, with an 11 foot beam and was equipped with a 40 horsepowerMonarch engine.
The plan wasto carry passengers between Saugatuck and the mouth of the river during theday. Then to take one trip a day to
In the offseason the vessel towed gravel scows and did other odd jobs. Business was sogood that Wright bought the Wolverine in 1915 to run in connection with theCarey.
In 1919Wright moved his family to Saugatuck and in 1923 built Wright's Pavilion on
Otto andSam Jesiek moved to Holland in 1919 and started a"motorboat livery and repair shop" on Black Lake near
This framed poem and picture ofthe Carey is a recent gift to the Historical Society by Genevieve (Wright)
Introduction of Mrs. Lybarger
by May Francis Heathin 1915
We hear agreat deal from our summer resorters like this -"Why, what do you do in Saugatuck all winter? We don't see how youlive." Well, we do manage to live and we have pretty good times. I knowyou'll all agree. We have one in our club who has come from a busy hustlingcity and I do not believe she has a chance to get lonely. She told me some timeago that if she ever feels lonely at all she went to the school and became sointerested in the school work that she could not be homesick.
Her first insightin the Saugatuck Woman's Club was at our picnic at Slumber Bluff where weforgot everything but Youth and had a rollicking good time and enjoyed theglorious sunset.
But we aresorry that Saugatuck is not more widely known. One of our young ladies oncoming home a Christmas asked a school friend to write her. "Where do youlive? Oh, yes, Saugatuck. I know where it is." "Shan't I write myaddress for you." "Oh nothank you." Well, when the letter came it was addressed to "
Several manuscriptsof speeches given by May Francis Heath, Saugatuck historian and club woman,have recently been given to the Society. This is an excerpt from a 1915introduction of Mrs. E. J. Lybarker at a SaugatuckWoman's Club banquet.
Slumber Bluff was located on theriver near Pine Trails Camp. The