This is a 1950 17' Chris Craft Special Runabout, Mahogany Maid. She was co-owned with Paul & Joanne Bowes, pictured here.
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This is a cruise aboard Royal Clipper, down the coast of Italy to Sicily and back. This is Toramina, Sicily.
The following are pictures from more recent trips - Europe, Africa & Canada:
This is an older photo "action shot", with Sandy driving while I followed in another boat.
This was the "Sea Trials after she got a new bottom. That's Karl Weinert driving - he did the work on the "Belle".
Here's our oldest son, Sandy with wife Teresa
Photo of grandchildren by the Mississippi River. Note blues and background. Memphis, home of the Blues. Elizabeth is on the left - Katherine on the right. Note Memphis bridge beyond.
This is a snow scene from 1982, taken from the water's edge. Incidentally, that boathouse was built in 1960, by the parents (owned the house next door) for their new Chris Craft.
This is our cabin on Pickwick Lake (at the confluence of Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi), which we built in 1980. Note Chris Craft in boathouse.
Here we are with the American Niagara waterfalls in the background. This was a cruise aboard Yorktown, of the Great Lakes from Chicago to Toronto.
This is the Olympics of Agriculture called Floriade in Holland.This was aboard the riverboat Viking Spirit.
Here's Sandra, Ned, and my sister Barbara in Nice, overlooking the Med. We miss Barbara.
Here we are (same trip) in the charming village of Cassis - an ancient fishing port on the Cote d'Azur.
Here we are in front of the Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct in Southern France.
This grouper (and reef) was observed on one of our trips to the British Virgin Islands.
This is a larger spinnaker. The idea is to go fast.
Here's our other son, Geoffrey with wife Dory and Katherine
Click here to hear my Dueling Banjos from 1975. I did one track on guitar and the other on banjo.
This is a 1959 19' Lyman (Lumberin' Along) which I took on several Tennessee River Cruises (antique boats). Here is myself (standing) and Sandy on the 2005 Cruise from Chattanooga to Knoxville and back.
This sailboat is a 17' Thistle that preceded the above mentioned Ultimate 20 (RoseBud II) by one year. Her name was Girfriend.
This '55 Chevy (turquoise and white) preceded the above Red and White Chevy by about 5 years. Sandy named it "The Heap."
Here they are in clown face, in the back seat of our 1995 BMW convertible. We still have the car, but they won't fit in it as they did back then.
Photo of Sascha McConahay feeding fish, Norman Island, BVI. Sascha served as 1st mate on our first charter aboard Sarah Blu and free dives to 50 ft.+
This Barracuda was photographed on the same trip to St. Croix.
Moray eel being cuddled, St. Croix, USVI. Note steel glove.
One can see the interior here - note how the trained ducks swam around.
After a coupla successful deer hunts, I decided to go with a camera rather than a bow or gun. This is on the mainland, east of State Line island.
I've taken our Shadow on several camping trips at Pickwick. Here we are on State Line island. Shadow blends in with the night. She is just to the left of me, under that stick.
We've chartered several sailboats in the Virgin Islands - here we've moved up to a cruise on Star Clipper. This is the beach at Jost Van Dyke.
Here is Sandra and the sunset from the ship. We might have seen a "Green Flash" following the picture. What is she drinking?
This next set is various trips we've made to the Caribbean:
Sandra and Ned at the charming seaside village of Villefrance, also on the French Reviera.
Here's my 2nd most favorite toy. I bought the '55 Chevy (all white) before Geoffrey & Dory's prom.
Geoffrey had a front end accident, and I had it painted two-tone. Here's Sandra and I recently.
This Chris Craft is the "Belle of Shaley Shores" - bought by my parents new in 1960.
Here's a recent photo of Katherine
Our 54th anniversary picture
This is our 53 anniversary picture. There is an audio post of this on Facebook, where Harry Caray announces: "Hello everyone, Harry Caray from Wrigley Field. Ned & Sandra Smith from Memphis, Tennessee celebrating a wedding anniversary here." We were there in 1984, and Geoffrey recorded it. Go Cubs.
Here we are at an Antique Boat Show. Both dogs were named Shadow.
Sandra and I are Cubs fans. They've been to the playoffs in '03, '07, & '08. Here we are with Sandy (a Braves fan) in a Braves/Cubs playoff game (the Cubs won that series) in 2003.
This is one of our Christmas Cards, where I "photo-shopped" out Sandy from the above picture, and inserted Santa.
Here we are with a dog we temporarily acquired on Martinique.
This is Ned in front of the Black Pearl Restaurant on St. Vincent in the Windward Islands, where Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed.
This ray was photographed on another dive trip in the BVI.
This is my sailboat "RoseBud II". She is an Ultimate 20. This spinnaker came with the boat.
Click here to hear our being introduced by Harry Caray at Wrigley Field in 1982. Little did we know that they would win the World Series in 2016.
Note how the fish has assumed the color of the coral.
This lobster picture was taken on a Caribbean dive -- I forget where.
The following set of pictures do NOT have a particular theme -- they are random and self-explanatory:
This is Ned and some French kid on the bowsprit of Royal Clipper, while under way..
This sea turtle was photographed during a night dive off St. Croix
This manta ray was photographed during a dive off Grand Cayman
This photo of my favorite toy was taken by Chip Overton at an Antique Boat Show.
Here we are at an Ox-cart shop in Costa Rica.
This was on the Arkansas side of the river during the flood of 2011.
This is the Mississippi at Memphis, during the flood of 1997.
This is from our trip to Belgium and Holland, with friends John & Lucile Bondurant. Here we are at Bruges, Belgium.
This is near the cathedral in Seville, Spain -- on the trip from the Canary Islands. It is the world's largest Gothic cathedral.
This is a cruise from the Canary Islands to Morocco, Gibraltar, and Spain aboard Le Diamant.
Here are three cruise ships off of St. Kitts.
There is the parrot aboard Star Clipper.
This is another famous dive site of the BVI - The Wreck of the Rhone.
Same trip. I'm glad he decided to turn off when he did. Speaking of barracudas, on the next trip (BVI), I didn't have a buddy and saw an almost black 'cuda 4 times the size of these - I swam away.
We won a coupla Regattas at Pickwick recently. The Memorial Cup with The Brilley's as crew, and The Pumpkin Regatta mentioned next.
This is the trophy for the Pumpkin Regatta, which Lee and I won.
Here's a recent photo of Elizabeth and the "M" bridge in Memphis
This our home in Memphis, which we bought in 1970.
The following are pictures of our houses:
This is a trumpet fish.
Nice looking fan coral.
Here we are on our cruise aboard Royal Clipper. The largest sailing vessel on the planet is in the background at Jost Van Dyke in the BVI.
Sunrise photo from 7 mile beach, Grand Cayman - it's not scuba, but this is where I put it.
Gina (new first mate) holding a starfish on our 2nd charter aboard Sarah Blu.
This is one of my first pictures. This moray ell was an unusual color - to blend in with the Palancar Reef off Cosumel, Mexico.
Here I am on the helm, with Lee Shackelford pointing for the optimum tack.
Back in '05, the Chevy and I appeared in the movie "Walk the Line" - filmed in downtown Memphis. Note the fedora.
I am a retired Mathematics Teacher and enjoy Sailing, Scuba, Photography, Classic cars and boats, and Hunting. I received my Captain's license recently and have been engaged in teaching sailing, chartering and boat rigging out of area lakes, particularly Pickwick. I also enjoy doing volunteer work here in Memphis. My lovely and charming wife Sandra, our sons: Sandy and Geoffrey, and our grandchildren: Katherine and Elizabeth are featured in some of these photographs. Our daughters-in-law are also featured. Also featured are various toys and unique photos of trips we have taken. We're also Cubs fans.