MY FATHER, William Gleason Buckley with CHARLES LINDBERGH (world famous aviator). My father was General Manager of Elco Boat Company.
In 1927 Charles Lindbergh defined aviation history by successfully completing the first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean in his Packard powered Stinson aircraft named “The Spirit of St. Louis”. One year after his landmark accomplishment, Charles spent the summer getting acquainted with a 38’ Elco cabin cruiser that he had chartered to get away from the roaring crowds.
After that summer, Charles decided that this would be the perfect way to ensure privacy immediately following his marriage to Anne Morrow and contracted Elco to build one for him.
With the help of some very discreet and cooperative Elco executives, Lindbergh purchased a 38’ cruiser, had them change the two rear single berths into one double berth and had the boat moored along a deserted stretch of a Long Island Sound beach, in preparation for his wedding day.