Grenfell, Thornton

GRENFELL, Thornton, boatbuilder (b Nov 1911, N Vancouver; d 2 Nov 1971, Vancouver). He designed some of the finest wooden power boats on the coast. Raised on VANCOUVER ISLAND, where his father was a COAL miner, he quit school after grade 10 but later obtained certification as a naval architect. He began building boats at age 16, but it was after he opened an office as a marine architect in VANCOUVER in 1945 that his reputation began to grow. Grenfell specialized in speedy runabouts although he...

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