Group tries to raise $250K to repair historic boat

Jun 19, 2014 4:01 PM

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) - A Lake Tahoe nonprofit is trying to raise $250,000 for an engine overhaul of a historic yacht that casino magnate Bill Harrah once owned.

The Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society is hoping to repair the twin engines of the wooden speedboat "Thunderbird" in time to have it back in operation on Tahoe in summer 2015.

The Tahoe Daily Tribune reports the Thunderbird's engines began having problems last summer.

The yacht is housed in a boathouse at the Thunderbird Lodge on Tahoe's northeast shore near Incline Village.

Both the boat and lodge were custom built in the late 1930s for business tycoon George Whittell.

The yacht was later owned by Harrah, who used it to entertain celebrities who performed at his Stateline and Reno casinos, including Bill Cosby and Sammy Davis. Jr.


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