Ditchburn Commodore “WHISPER”

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A tender called WHISPER was at STAR from July 1944 to August 1945.  She was quite possibly the 1929 Ditchburn Commodore 31′ launch, hull # 29-14,  with an interesting past.  She was sold to a Hamiltonian (mobster Rocco Perri?) and used on Lake Erie as a rum-runner to Cleveland and then after the repeal of prohibition in the United States in 1934, was used to smuggle liquor to lakeside dance palaces in Hamilton, Oakville, Burlington & Bronte.  After the war she was purchased by Local 1005 Steelworkers in Hamilton to intercept strike breakers during the 1946 strike at Stelco.  She still exists on Lake Joseph in Muskoka.

Thanks to Paul Wilson of The Spectator for some of the information.

A Ditchburn Commodore.