Steve Williams :

Good morning Neil. I spoke with my brother, Dudley III, late yesterday afternoon regarding the Janley. Dud was horseback moving a set of cows and cell phones are our only means of communication on our ranch out of Las Cruces, New Mexico. There's a heck of a switch.....Going from surfing/fishermen on Pt. Loma to cowboys!


As Dud recalls, the picture of the Ballerina and Janley was taken by Skip Workman using a Kodak camera and the print size was 3x5. The negative location is unknown and all enlarged prints were made off of that small print. As I mentioned, that particular shot was quite popular, as it appeared as a collision course in the making. All of the Chart House restaurants had a 16x20 in their bar/dining rooms. Where the Yacht Club got the pic that is in the History Book I do not know. Our Dad and Gartz Gould were very close friends and I am sure that the entire PCC fleet had great comraderie and fellowship. My brother may have some pics of the launching over at the ranch, and he will let me know so that I can send them to you to be forwarded to Alex. Hopefully the following will add to the history of the Janley from the beginning.................


In the early summer of 1948, our father, Dudley D. Williams, Jr. and George Kettenburg, Jr. made a handshake agreement for Kettenburg Boat Works to build him a PCC which was hull #14. The name Janley was a combination of our Mom's first name, as well as Dad's. The boat was christened on October (??) and it took three tries before the champaigne bottle shattered. Mom felt that the bottle had not been scored deep enough. Dad felt that she should have swung it harder. The hull color was Banana Yellow and the deck was Seawitch Blue.....A very pleasing combination.


Staff Commodore Alonzo de Jessop (1907) was well admired by power and sailboat owners and enjoyed going out for the sail races. As my brother and I were very young, we had to stay below decks for safety reasons. One afternoon while on the race course, Commodore Jessop tossed his cap down below because of the wind factor. I cannot remeber how old I was, but I apparently had lost interest in what I was playing with and the Commodore's cap became my new interest. I was three years old when the Janley was launched, and I have the distinction of putting teeth marks completely around the bill of his cap. And I do not know if he continued to wear that one with the new battle scars, or if Dad got him another one. In the early fifty's, our Dad had switched to power boats, as my brother and I had gotten quite interested in ocean fishing.


Our Grandfather, Dudley D. Williams moved his family to San Diego in 1921 and soon afterward started up a fanchise of Piggly Wiggly grocery stores. Our family is proud of our San Diego heritage and we wish the Janley's new owner, Alex Prato, great sailing and enjoyable times with the boat.



Dudley D. Williams, III

Steven D. Williams