Anchors away! We say Bon Voyage to our beloved Princess, she has met her prince and has relocated to Grafton WV and will operate on Tygart Lake in association with Danny's Marine Service. The Princess was the 3rd tour boat in service with Seven Points Marina. She was preceded by The Raystown Belle and The Raystown Queen.
The Filson Family has a long association with tour boats on Raystown, dating back to 1935 when Peg Shaffer christened the "Scoutabout". The Scoutabout was a 50' motor launch used to transport people across Lake Michigan during the Chicago World Fair of 1893. It was purchased by Peg's grandfather G.W. Shaffer (Altoona, Shaffer Stores) to use on Raystown Dam for use at "Camp Shaffer", the Boy Scout Camp he established.
Later, her future husband, Jim Filson, purchased this boat which he turned into a houseboat. Ironically prior to acquiring this boat, he has purchased "The Peggy" from Mr. Shaffer as well. Jim and Peg (Shaffer) Filson were the founders of Jim's Anchorage at the Raystown Dam in 1946, and then Seven Points Marina in 1975. In the photo below, the gentleman in the "A' sweater is Bob Hite from The Hite Company in Altoona and State College. He was the captain of the Scoutabout.
According to spokesperson for the marina, Pam Filson Prosser, "The Princess was purchased when the motor coach business was strong, shortly after casinos were established in Atlantic City and then throughout NY and PA, this niche shifted its focus. Although The Princess was
active enough- many folks enjoyed weddings, receptions, reunions and other special group activity, it simply was not enough to sustain the operational expense of the vessel." We appreciate having been able to offer the Princess to many for many memories and we thank all who have been on board over the years.
"We continue to grow and upgrade our boat rental fleet and find that many folks like to 'float their own boat' and explore Raystown on their own. There are still many ways for visitors to get on the water. Will there be another tour boat at Seven Points Marina? Prosser indicated ,Ya never say never!"