1916 L.E. Fry 30’ Launch

  • Auction Estimate
  • Sale Type
  • Year
  • Make
    L.E. Fry
  • Model
    30' Launch
  • Style
  • VIN #
    Bow #NH9951BB
  • Mileage
  • Exterior Color
    Black / Green
  • Interior Color
    Wood / Brass
  • Cylinders
  • Engine Size
    413 ci Chris-Craft WB
  • Transmission

Lot #111

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Consign with NEAA™ in 2019!


Check out this consignment and the 1932 Garwood 28’ in the OHTM Tent at the Maine Boat & Home Show on August 10-12 in beautiful downtown Rockland.

This 1916 L.E. Fry 30’ launch comes to the New England Auto Auction™ from the Walgreen Collection. Believed to be the only 30’ L.E. Fry launch of this vintage still in existence, Black Duck is a wonderful example of the nautical tradition of high-end pleasure craft produced in the early 20th century.

Still carrying her original name, Black Duck features a dual cockpit design to accommodate a relatively small crew with a larger aft section for the passengers. While on the water, passengers will experience the journey in luxury in a spacious compartment comprised of wicker furniture, built-in padded seats, entrance stairs and an elegant oriental styled rug. Black Duck has been owned by the current owner for the last 35 years and is a personal favorite among his collection. Currently, it is powered by 412 ci Chris-Craft WB engine, and it was last in the water four years ago. Original custom artwork accentuates the name of the boat and blends well with the fine woodworking craftsmanship evident throughout.

L.E. Fry & Company was a builder of luxury wooden boats in Clayton, NY in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Known for their extremely high-quality construction, L.E. Fry boats were produced in limited numbers, making them a rare find today. The grandson of Walgreens founder Charles R. Walgreen, Mr. Walgreen is a life long enthusiast and collector of quality automobiles and vintage boats. Over the years, these craft have been seen at various shows and events in the Lake Winnipesaukee region of New Hampshire.

Sold with a registration and trailer.

Consignment Ratings*

  • Engine
  • Body
  • Chassis/Frame
  • Tires
  • Coachwork/Interior
  • Electrical
  • Transmission
  • Paint
  • Overall Condition
*The following ratings were provided by the consignor, based on a scale of 'Poor', 'Fair', 'Good', 'Very Good' or 'Excellent'. (Excellent = 100% restored)