Flying Eagle

In Festival Boats 2024

A workboat with beauty of purpose, was designed and built by local Maine lobstermen for their specific geographic conditions. These rare wooden watercraft are known by historians as the best working form ever constructed and most beautiful and fastest lobster boats of their time. This is due in part to their skeg construction. Although a visual and spiritual inspiration to many, most of these beauties were left to rot with the advent of fiberglass. Hull forms grew in dimensions as more powerful engines developed and mechanized means of hauling traps became common and the graceful lines of lobster boats with shear and low freeboard soon disappeared forever. Other than a lightweight 2013 383 Mercruiser gasoline V-8, Flying Eagle is quite original, including the hull color of Newport Green and her name. The loving care and restoration, including an overland trip from Maine to Washington, done by Rick Strollo has been kept intact with the new owners, Kevin and Kathy O’Shea.