Re-creation of Yellow Jacket Boat Trip Planned for 2016

Posted: September 5, 2013  |  By: Donna Hunt [Herald Democrat]

In 1954 Denison Yellow Jacket Boat Manufacturing Plant owner, Richard A. “Mac” McDerby, and western cowboy movie star Roy Rogers set out from the Denison Dam headed to New Orleans by way of the Red River in Yellow Jacket boats.

Allan Carter of Richmond, Texas, near Houston, is planning to a commemorative rerun of the trip in 2016 to mark the 60th anniversary of the trip and to raise funds to bring awareness to the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network.

Allan bought a fiberglass Yellow Jacket a few years ago and contacted me trying to find out more information about the YJ boats. I put him in touch with Gene Ramey, a former superintendent at the local plant, and later he contacted David Kanally, president of the Wooden Boat Association of North Texas.

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