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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 13, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta ___________ WcclnciJay, S.pltmb.r 13, 197J THE UTHBR1DCE KttAlB 3 JET POWER Shipbuilder Bide Clark looks over ona of three jels thai water-propel his boat. A General Motors diesel drives a pump, which Clark designed and built in Bide Clark of Cardston Finlay Photo a 12-month period, which pumps gallons a min- ute. The two back jets can be reversed. Another jet under Ihe bow of the ship can Urn 360 degrees. LORETTA KAY Bide Clark of Cardsfon built the L o r c 11 a Kay, a water-jet propelled boat, daring his spare time at Inurik, N.W.T. II look him 514 years. The ship Vi'eighs 14 Ions, was barged from Ijiuvik to Hay River and trucked south to Cardstoo where slie is now dry-docked. More district oil page 13 DIESEL-POWER This 671 General Motors diesel is the heart of the Loretta Kay. Bide Clark rebuilt the big engine and made several drastic changes to fit it into hi> ship. A hatch on the top dsck can be opens cf and the engine lifted righl out of ship if repairs are needed. Finlay Phflo This man is a ship builder By D'ARCY HICKAIW Herald District Editor The amiable, bespectacled Cardstoniie shown beaming above should help counter any impression that the Templa City is a place where there will never be a ship yard. His name Is Bide Clark and his career is a classic account of liow the creative mind works. Bora in Stirling, Feb. 8, 1908, Bide quit school with his Grade 10. He went lo work OK his father's farm. By the time he reached his 20s he v.'as a self-taught engi- neer. His fertile mind turned out plenty of ideas, some fanciful, some of real value. Atter marrying the for- mer Ora Ellingson of Magrath, (they met In Salt Lake Mr. Clark went to work for the Canadian Sugar Factories Ltd. He stayed with it for 19 years, SAVE NOW DURING OUR PRE-INVENTORY SALE ALL FABRICS IN STOCK INCLUDING NEW FALL STOCK SALE BEGINS THURS., SEPT. 14th ENDS SATURDAY, SEPT. 23rd FOR ALL YOUR SEWINS NEEDS IT'S PINCHER CREEK SEWING BASKET MAIN STREET PINCHER CREEK PHONE 527-3922 >ecame a qualified engineer In ive different fields. Next step was the Cardston where Mr. Clark became shop foreman. Eleven years ago Mr. and Mrs. Clark headed for Jnuvik, where another chal- enge had presented itself. He >3came superinten dent of maintenance in the town, miles north of here where in winter it sometimes warms up lo zero. At Inuvik, three 500 horse power boilers heat the town, op- at 500 pounds per square inch primary heat that is trans- ferred In the boiler room into secondary, then pumped through town at 385 degrees at 175 pounds per square inch. That goes into the various houses. Mr. Clark ran across two bailey bridge barges, decided to weld them together and build a boat. He sat down and drew up the blueprints. Five and one-half years of ef- fort went into it. Mr. Clark spent an entire year building a pump. Jet-propelled, a 671 General Motors diesel pumps gal Ions a minute. This water is split three ways, to two back jets and to a jet located at the Totally automatic color Automatic fine tuning f) Automatic tint control Deilaaft Walnut Cabinet Matrix Picluro Ti'ba 1238 3rd Avo. S. SpanTsh-ilyled Oak Cabinet by Deilcraff 90-walt {Fecfrohome chaslil Slereo Radio Dual 1211 Automatic Changer Six sound lyilem ACTIVE TV SERVICE Phone 327-5020 GRANDPA'S SHIP LOTS OF FUN Red Devils mccl Blazers Sunday BLAIRMORE (CNP Bureau) Chapman, coach oE the 'Pass Red Devils hockey team, has been trying out players for the local junior hockey club. Mora than GO players will have try-outs. The new team will gel its [irst action Sunday when it meets the Bellingham, Wash., Blazers in an exhibition game in the Blainnore arena. The Calgary Centennials will provide competition for the Devils Sept. 23 and it has been announced all season ticket holders will gain free admis- sion. Any one having accommoda- tion for the players should con- tact Francis Calonio at 562-2565 or 562-2639. Meanwhile work on extern sions and improvements to Blairmore Ice Centre are con- tinuing and be complete for the hockey season. ont under the Volkswagen us-converted-to-cabin. The front jet turns 36 .grces. The back jets can be versed with ram-rod pistons hile it may not be the greal t advance in marine design nee steam replaced sail, th iip is highly manoeuvrable. Water-jets can and do pro de propulsion for hydrofoils Mr. Clark's ship isn't some- ling new. But Iiis vessel ha imething the most advancer, ydrofoils lack, the port-hole made from windows utomatic washers and driers 'There is also a generator on he jimmy diesel which gives u ower when we are travelling. "There is also a diesel Mei cdes, auxiliary power supp' run a 8.25 KVA generato upplying 110-220 volts so if yo -ant to tie up at shore and s p camp you have power to very thing." The ship lias an inter-coi system and ship-to-shore radi Mr. Clark is also a ham o ralor; his call number is V 5L. The ship was cliristenod t Loretta Kay. Registration num. ier is 2HA245. She's licensed all In all Canadian terrilori vaters. Tlie ship was named afl wo daughlers, Mrs. Loretia Jarrelts of Fort Collins, Colo., and Mrs. Robert (Kay) Jolui- ion of Cardston. Mr. and Mrs. Clark were look- ng forward to sailing miles down the Mackenzie River, planned for years on how .0 make the trip. But the ship had a bug. "He just put it in the water and one of the jets wasn't work- says Mrs. Johnson. "It was barged from Inuvik to Hay River. One jet caused it to go in a circle." So-the trip was off. Mr. Clark didn't have time to fiddle with it because they wanted lo get home in time for a family re- union. He put the 14-ton ship on a barge. "It cost me roughly to ship It down here." It came by barge to Hay River and then by truck to Cardston. Still not finished, want to fibreglass the Clark figures the boat is worth to It is fully self-con- tained and has its own sewer system, pressure system, chlor- inated water system, gciser for hot water, laundry, deep freeze, ham radio and toilet. The only thing is doesn't have, apparently, is nuclear power. One thing is for certain, Bide Clark is Cardston's biggest, best and only ship-builder. gl Sanders tes his Birthday feyvrjilv? special 2for1Saleon igurs. Sept. 14th 'l Buy Snak-Pak at the regular price. Get another one FREE! ERICKSEN'S FINE FOODS PASTRY SHOPS 2021 3rd Avenue S. 1701 Mayor Mograth Drive S. ;