Galt’s Mill Site – Sunday Morning – June 18, 2017.

Batteau, Galt's Mill site of the JRBF, Ned Nelson
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Batteaux at Amherst Boat Ramp on Friday AM

Amherst County, Batteau, Fine Creek Mill, JRBF General Information, Lynchburg Launch, Ned Nelson
[nggallery id=26] Friday morning was nice at the Amherst County "Rivers Edge" park/Boat Ramp. My dog Jake and I decided to go down and check things out since we had no power at home due to the storm that passed on Thursday afternoon. It was a great surprise to see Emmett Abernathy and David Haney preparing the "Morning Star". Mason Basten was checking out some of the batteaux just down from the ramp and I went down the steep bank to greet Mason and slid on my backside on the muddy bank. Yes it was funny and Mason said "good save on the camera!". Fine Creek Mill batteau arrived with Big Wave Dave and Little Wave Dave and Ned Nelson. They launched and then the Lady's Slipper launched. The big…
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Batteau “Fine Creek Mill” – Floating and Ready to go!

Batteau, Batteau Construction, Fine Creek Mill, Ned Nelson
[nggallery id=8] Ned Nelson sent the following letter and photos tonight. Congratulations to Ned and his associates for finishing the new batteau named "Fine Creek Mill". ____________________________________________________________ The batteau "Fine Creek Mill" is complete. We put it in the water today at my friends, the Shortridge's. It took on about 3" of water and to our surprise ,,, stopped leaking!!!. I had strapped barrels into the hull to keep it from totally sinking and  the water only made it to the bottom of the barrels. The boat is floating on its own. Thanks to my brother Byrne Nelson, Dave "Big Wave" Bryan, David "Little Wave" Bryan for their daily help. I would also like to thank Tom Hassinfang and David Samuels for being there when I needed extra help. Thanks…
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Ned Nelson Batteau Boat Flipping – Thank you note from Ned:

Batteau, Batteau Construction, Boat Flipping, Ned Nelson
[nggallery id=1] To all : I would like to take a brief moment to thank everyone who participated in helping make my boat flipping a success. I WISH I COULD HAVE BEEN THERE. To have such a turnout deminstrates how close our batteau family really is. The pictures of the event speak for themselves. Byrne and myself were honored all of you were there and sincerly thank all the members and friends who made the event a safe and successsful. I will see you at your boat flipping day! Ned Nelson Byrne Nelson
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