Wreckage of the Steamboat Aunt Polly

'The Aunt Polly was Gillette's second houseboat, an oddly long and slender steamboat built in the late 1800s in Brooklyn, N.Y. Gillette, a Hartford playwright who made his name portraying sleuth Sherlock Holmes, intended to live aboard the ship while building a home on Long Island -- until, that is, he motored up the Connecticut River and found the land of his dreams. Work on what would become Gillette Castle -- a name he didn't love -- began atop a hill in East Haddam. The boat was lengthened by 44 feet in 1903 to include a larger salon. The well-appointed vessel, known as a ``little palace afloat,'' included accoutrements like a working brick fireplace and a piano. Guests included Albert Einstein.' articles.courant.com/2006-10-30/features/0610300553_1_publi…