Austin Walmsley models are on display at Rock Hall Marine Restoration & Heritage Center. Models include the log canoe Mystery and the bugeye Edna Lockwood.
Austin is a photographer and model maker from Chestertown.
About the Mystery :
Mystery was built in a barn in Oxford, MD by Harry Sinclair in 1932, as a secret weapon to defeat the Flying Cloud in the Governor's Cup, hence the name, Mystery. Results were mixed and she was eventually re-rigged as a sloop in the late-40s and was used as a cruising boat.
In 1955, she was purchased by John Whittum of Rock Hall, Maryland who sailed her all around the Chesapeake with her sloop rig until he re-rigged her for racing once again and began to compete in the log canoe regattas. He eventually won the Governor's Cup in 1963.
In the mid-70s, John moved to Colorado, leaving the Mystery with Francis Schauber who had been racing with him since the early 60's. Francis raced her for several years, before purchasing it outright in 1975.