However, just five
years after she was built, McLimont sold Deerleap to the owners of Vancouver's
Spencer Department Stores, who kept the boat through the Great Depression
Then, like many Canadian
and U.S. yachts of her day, Deerleap was conscripted during World War II,
painted gray, and equipped with deck artillery. It was also during those years
that the original Hall-Scott gasoline engines were replaced with 120 bhp Vivian
diesels, reportedly weighing 7,800 pounds each.
Deerleap was built in Vancouver, British Columbia, by the Hoffar-Beeching Shipyards
for Colonel McLimont, the president of Winnipeg Power and Light. McLimont wanted
exceptional viewing capabilities aboard a comfortable and elegant cruiser, built
specifically for excursions to Alaska.
Deerleap's original design, which remains intact today, included a large combination
observation saloon and formal dining room on the main deck, with French doors
opening to a spacious covered aft deck. The lower deck encompassed crew quarters
forward, a master stateroom amidships, and guest staterooms abaft the owner's
cabin. McLimont used the boat extensively to cruise the Inside Passage with
private hunting and fishing parties.