Here’s a Small Rectangular Aluminum Chris Craft Porthole. This was removed from a Chris Craft boat being cut up for scrap. Chris Craft is an American manufacturer of luxury boats, building boats in a range of sizes since 1874. Known for their classic beauty, stunning woodwork and agile handling.
This porthole is solid aluminum. It weighs 17.4 pounds. The outside of the frame measures 19.25 by 10.25 inches and has 14 mounting holes. The glass measures 16 by 7 inches. On the back, the raised flange measures 1/2 inch.
The two dogs work and the window opens freely. The original glass has minor surface scratches. All the paint on this porthole is completely original.
The original rubber seal between the window and the main frame is still in place, but may not provide a complete weather tight seal due to age and minor unevenness between the two surfaces.
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The word “porthole” has nothing to with its location on the port side of a ship, but originated thanks to Henry VII of England in 1485. The king demanded on mounting guns that were too large for his ships and French shipbuilder, James Baker was brought on to solve the problem. He pierced the ship’s side so that the cannon can could be mounted inside. When there was heavy weather or the cannons were not in use, the openings in the ships were fitted with covers that latched tightly. These were called porte, which means door in French. Porte became port thanks to the English and eventually any opening on a ship was called a porthole.