On June 1, 1965, Robert Manry sailed from Falmouth, Massachusetts to Falmouth, England, in Tinkerbelle, a small, hand-built boat that many thought would never be able to make the journey. Despite doubts and dangers, Tinkerbelle and Manry made it to Britain. The Western Reserve Historical Society has the famous boat and various pieces of memorabilia from the journey, on display.
The development of the motorcycle closely follows that of its human-powered version, the bicycle. Both predate the automobile, and both are important to the collections of a transportation museum. The Crawford Museum’s motorcycle collection, while modest, does represent a cross-section of motorcycle types in transportation history, ranging from very early models, including a rare Cleveland Motorcycle, to big foreign-built motorcycles of the 1950s, when the American market was dominated by British-built bikes and homegrown Harley-Davidsons. As motorcycles continue to be an important mode of transportation and personal expression, the Crawford Museum will continue to collect them.