Carl Hathaway in his boat building shop, c. 1986
Courtesy of the Adirondack Experience

Carl Hathaway Carl Hathaway working on a boat in the Lake Street shop (Adirondack Daily Enterprise, April 15, 1963 Born: December 30, c. 1930

Married: Valda Ryan, September 22, 1950; died October 26, 2011

Children: Patty Hathaway, Judy Phillips

Carl Hathaway was the son of Albert Hathaway.  He made and restored guideboats in the shop at 7 Algonquin Avenue, now 3 Hanmer Avenue, where he had learned the craft from the late Willard Hanmer, one of its masters. He was the fourth generation of guideboat builders to work in the small shop. He was also a guide and caretaker for nearly fifty years at the Gull Bay Camp on Upper Saranac Lake.

With Ralph Morrow, he taught a course in guideboat building for North Country Community College in the 1980s. The Adirondack Council granted him the Distinguished Achievement Award for his efforts to pass the traditional craft along to a new generation of boat builders.

Lake Placid News, December 7, 1981

The Adirondack Guideboat Program at North Country Community College's Center for Humanities and Adirondack Studies will be the subject of a documentary film on TV-Channel 57, Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 9 p.m.

The documentary film, eight months in the making, research and editing, will document the guideboat program in the fall of 1980 and spring of 1981. Footage will include Carl Hathaway's shop where he and Ralph Morrow conducted two classes with 12 apprentices in each class.

In addition, the film will show two completed guideboats and the launching party on a nearby lake.

The guideboat program is in its second year with two classes meeting at Hathaway's.

From an announcement with photo in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, c. September 11, 2010:

Please come and share your memories for Carl Hathaway (son of Esther Cutting and Albert Hathaway) and Valda Hathaway (daughter of Florence Sweeney and Raymond Ryan). They are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary and their 80th birthdays on September 25, 2010 from 1 to 4 p.m. The celebration will be held at the Aaron Maddox Hall, in the Junction of Tupper Lake. **Please bring no gifts ... just memories.**

Adirondack Daily Enterprise, October 9, 1975

Carl Hathaways given 25th anniversary party

"Throwing Chips" by Judy Phillips, c. 1986
Carl Hathaway harvesting ice at Gull Bay Camp
Courtesy of the Adirondack Experience
SARANAC LAKE — A surprise 25th wedding anniversary party was given on Sept. 21 for Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hathaway by their daughters, Patty Hathaway and Mrs. Thomas Phillips, and Mrs. Hathaway's sister, Mrs. Morris Vibert.


The party, which also celebrated Mrs. Hathaway's birthday, was held at the Hathaway's home at Gull Bay Camp on Upper Saranac Lake.

Mrs. Hathaway is the former Valda Ryan. She and Mr. Hathaway were married on Sept. 22. 1950 at the First Methodist Church in Saranac Lake by the Rev. Norman Moss.

They have been resident caretakers for Mr. and Mrs. John Loeb at Gull Bay Camp for 20 years, and they also own the Hathaway Boat Shop. Among the guests who attended were: Mrs. Ralph Iacovacci.of Syracuse, Mrs. Hathaway's sister, and her husband and sons; Mr. and Mrs. Jack Hart of Rochester; Mr. and Mrs. Milton Betters of Wilmington; Mr. and Mrs. Gary Saltmarsh, Fredrick Betters, Bev Barry, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Phillips and daughter, Barbara Vibert, William Kilburn, and Mr. and Mrs. Tom Phillips of Lake Placid; Esther Hathaway, Mr. and Mrs. Romeo Payment, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Walters, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Chellis, Mr. and Mrs. Francis Griffin, and Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Lalonde of Tupper Lake.

See also:


  • Pamphlet: "Guideboat Show," Saranac Lake, NY, 6/29-7/5/1983.
  • Maitland DeSormo, Summers on the Saranacs, p. 131-133.

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