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Thelonis was custom built in 1953 for a Portland Oregon dentist who wanted a ‘traditional-style’ boat, so Ed Monk, Sr modified one of his 1920’s plans. Built by Admiral Marine Works (Earle Wakefield) on Lake Union in Seattle. In addition to operating Admiral Marine, Earle Wakefield was concurrently head instructor at the Edison Technical boat-building school. Although Thelonius looks very 1920’s, several features are more ‘modern’, such as glue-wedge hull (rather than caulked seams), V-drive engine under the cockpit (rather than below the wheelhouse), greater beam and headroom. Thelonius was cruised as far as Juneau, Alaska in 1915.