THE STATE OF MAINE'S BOATING NEWSPAPERPRST STDUS Postage Paid Permit, #454Portland, MEMaine Coastal NewsVolume 35 Issue 7July 2022FREEWeather Main Story at First Two Lobster Boat RacesIt was a great battle in Diesel Class M(A) between Justin Papkee’s PULL ‘N PRAY and Alan Knowlton’s SEA URCHIN, with SEA URCHIN getting the win.BOOTHBAY LOBSTER BOAT RACESLobster boat racers were asking whathappened to spring as the racing season wasjust weeks away. Several new boats and anumber of repowers were waiting for theirfinal details. The biggest worry was couldthey get what they needed to finish theirproject. Too many times a boat goes overjust before the racing season is to begin withlittle time to do enough sea trials so she isdialed in.As we neared the weekend many werelooking at the weather forecast and hoping itwould change. The forecast called for wind,good size waves and rain and that meant atough ride to and from Boothbay. Despite theweather Friday afternoon there was 17 boatstied up at Brown’s Wharf and the party wasjust in the simmer mode. The party heatedup and did not end until about 0400.Boothbay is one of the most popularvenues on the racing circuit. It is partly because it is the first race of the season; partlybecause fishing has not really started; butmostly because it is a social event. Many ofthose that like to travel around the coast torace love coming to Brown’s Wharf Fridayafternoon and joining a number of theirfriends that they have made over the years.The parties were legendary, but age has quieted the parties down. However, this year Iheard that the party lasted until about 0400when they ran out of alcohol.Publisher's NoteCalendar of EventsKen Flower of Flower's BoatworksVIRGINIA LaunchedPassed Over the BarU. S. Navy News445678Looking around the dock the first newboat I found was Zach Donnell’s REGENCY[Calvin Beal 38; 800-hp Scania], which waslaunched a couple of years ago. She stilllooked just like new. Just to her stern wasDouglas Blasius’ TWILIGHT II [John’sBay 46; 803-hp], which was launched lastfall. Arriving later that night after a toughride from Beals Island was Winfred Alley,Jr’s FAITH MELLE [Libby 34; 425-hpCummins] and Dana Beal’s NATALIE E.[Libby 41; 1,000-hp FPT]. Both boats werelaunched less than two weeks before. Another new boat arrived on race day and that wasTom Clemons’ 4 LADIES [Wesmac SW46;1,000-hp Caterpillar], which he launchedback in April.At daybreak rain was falling and astrong wind was coming out of the NW. Itwas not looking good regarding turnout.Most knew that many were going to rollover and go back to sleep. Once sign-upsconcluded we had 39 boats entered and thatmeant a quick day. Fortunately, once westarted the races the sun slowly came out andthe wind died out. So, we had a great day onthe water and great racing to watch.First up was the Work Boat Classes.With no boats in Class A, Class B wasup. The dominate boat for the last coupleof years was Jacob Noyes’ ZIPPIN’ TOO[Corson 15; 90-hp Nissan] and when the flagdropped, he went immediately to the frontfor the win. Ron Pottle’s DELUSIONAL[Corson 18; 225-hp Evinrude] took the winin Class C.There were just two boats entered inthe Gasoline Classes, all in Class C. Asthey approached halfway it was obviouslya close race, but Lindsay Durkee’s BLACKDIAMOND [Holland 32, 454 Chevrolet]had a couple of boat length lead. The otherboat was Jim Koehling BROWN EYEDGIRL [Duffy 26; 454-hp Chevrolet], whichcertainly was competitive.In the diesel classes there were noentrants in Class D, G, L and O. There wasjust one entrant in Classes A, B and C andthey were sent down together. The winnerof Class A was Riley Johnson’s LYNNMARIE [Sisu 26; 235-hp Isuzu]; Class B,Ross Branch’s JACQUELINE [F. Lenfesty38; 130-hp Volvo], the former ROQUE;and in Class C, Adam Kimball’s MISS ATTITUDE [Holland 32; 265-hp John Deere].Three boats came to the line for Class E andthis was going to be a close race betweenRandy Durkee brought AUDREY MAY[Holland 32; 425-hp Cummins] and EdShirley’s MISS KYLEE [Holland 32; 430hp Cummins]. As they came up the courseit was close, but AUDREY MAY had theadvantage and then MISS KYLEE slowedand black smoke poured out her exhaust andthen white. The black smoke would likelymean a turbo let go and the white may indi-C o n t e n t sCommercial Fishing NewsThanks for the MemoriesMaine DMR NewsDirectors Report, DELAMisc. Commercial Fishing News10101112 Boat Yard NewsLobster Boat Racig ResultsMaritime HistoryIndustrial Journal - 1890Classified Ads14202628cate a piston, but hopefully the diagnosis isnot too extreme. Last year she suffered anengine failure just before the racing seasonstarted and we did not see her until the LongIsland races. Diesel Class F also had threeboats on the line. Over the winter WinfredAlley, Jr. built a new boat and sold AIDENMARINER [Calvin Beal 34; 425-hp Cummins] to Mitch White, who renamed herBOUNTY HUNTER. Winfred’s new boatis FAITH MELLE. When the flag droppedat the start both boats were bow to bow withthe edge going to BOUNTY HUNTER. Itremained this way right to the finish withBOUNTY HUNTER getting the win. Fourboats were on the line for Class H and itwas no surprise to sea Dean Beal’s MISSNORMA [Wayne Beal 36; 500-hp Cummins] lead the way to the finish line in DieselClass H. Second went to Travis Otis’ FIRSTTEAM [Northern Bay 36; 410-hp Sisu 645]followed by Jason West’s TUNA WISHING[West Bay 37; 450-hp Cummins]. The surprise here was Willie Coomb’s MELYNDAM. [Wayne Beal 36; 500-hp FPT] runningslowly up the course. It was explained afterthe race that the engine coded and wouldonly run at a minimal rpm. It is always agood battle between Chris Smith’s MISTY[Crowley Beal 33; 650 hp Scania] andGary Genthner’s LIL’ LISA MARIE [Mus-Continued on Page 20

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Page 4. MAINE COASTAL NEWS July 2022Publisher's NoteMaine Coastal NewsP.O. Box 710Winterport, Maine 04496-0710 U.S.A.(207) 223-8846E-mail - igmatats@aol.comWebsite: www.mainescoast.comFollow us on Facebook:Find under - Jon JohansenMaine Coastal News is published 12 times a year and is dedicated to covering the newsalong the entire coast of Maine, Kittery to Eastport. We cover general marine news, commercialfishing, yachting (power and sail), boat yard and waterfront news and maritime history.Distribution of Maine Coastal News is from Eastport to Marblehead, MA and is free onthe newsstand. It also can be obtained by subscription. A year subscription, 12 issues, is 20.00.A single copy is 2.00, which covers the postage. Foreign rates for subscriptions are 40.00 peryear.The Maine Coastal News office is located at 966 North Main Street, Winterport, Maine.Comments or additional information write: Maine Coastal News, P.O. Box 710, Winterport,Maine 04496.PublisherEditor-in-ChiefAdvertising SalesJon B. JohansenRachel ElwardRandy NicholsAdvertising Deadlines: The deadline for the August issue is July 8.The deadline for the September issue is August 12.I know that gravity wraps time, but Ineed to learn how to take advantage of thisso I can slow time down. Between the lastissue and this one I had six weeks of time.I compiled a list of things I wanted to getdone but failed to get even half of themaccomplished. I did get the important thingsdone, like having everything ready for thelobster boat races. There is a self-inflictedaspect to the length of this list, becausewho truly needs all the documentation thatI put together for lobster boat racing? I evenquestion some of the files I keep, but someare helpful when I want additional information for compiling the racing articles. Onefile that turned out to be extremely helpfulwas the one on racer’s history. This includeshow each boat has placed over the last 23years of racing along with the boat’s detailsand history, such as type of boat, builder orfinisher, dimensions, engine, gear, and anychanges such as name and owners. I reallyshould have collected more data, but manytimes we are rushed before a race and thereis not the time. This list is now over 800pages and contains over 2,000 boats. Onecan think that is impressive, but just thinkhow many I do not have. I am betting thereis at least another five to seven thousandboats not listed. Since the last issue I havecreated a separate file and I am now addingin other Maine built boats (as well as somefrom Canada, those from the west’ard, andones that were built as yachts). I have alsosorted by name and owner and will createanother by builder with the hopes that thismakes it easy in determining if this is aboat already listed or a missing one. I haveargued in the past that we have lost a lot ofour boatbuilding history but explained someof that can be retrieved by digging throughcoastal publications, government recordsand personal memories. Just how much canbe found is anyone’s guess, but I am hopingat least seventy-five percent.There is no question that the economicenvironment is deteriorating rapidly andmany do not think we have reached thebottom yet. Over the last 35 years I haveseen some down turns, but this one might beworse than any I remember. Some argue as tothe cause, how we can solve the issue and thelength of time we will be in this situation. Ihave been trying to get a feel of the situationasking hotels and restaurants and watchingthe amount of traffic and it seems so far tobe unphased. A friend said I would not see adifference until the credit cards were maxedout. Most feel that the first part of summermay not be affected, but the end and into fallmay see a big drop off. This is going to beinteresting, especially when winter arrivesand people see that first oil bill.We all have heard the plight of businesses trying to find help. Anywhere you gobusinesses have help wanted signs out andhave had to change how they operate due tothe lack of employees. How many places doyou go by and they are closed due to a lackof help? There are a number of reasons forthis issue, but most need to find a solution.What I failed to realize is that a business thatdoes not have enough employees may havea problem creating enough billable hours tosurvive. I heard from a boat yard that is in thissituation. They said that they are not makingthe bottom line and it was because they didnot have enough employees and the outlookto finding any was bleak. This problem wasechoed by a several other yards. There ismore than enough work, but where are theemployees?23-4 48th Annual Boothbay Harbor Regatta & Shipyard Cup Classics ChallengeBoothbay Harbor Yacht ClubBoothbay HarborInfo: gmora.org13SailMaine Festival & RegattaPortlandInfo: gmora.org13Annual Classics Race 2Boothbay Harbor Yacht ClubBoothbay HarborInfo: gmora.orgMCN's Calendar of Waterfront EventsOn-going ExhibitsPenobscot Marine MuseumGetting Our BearingsSearsportInfo: Maritime MuseumCotton Town: Maine’s Economic Connections to SlaveryArthur Beaumont: Art of the SeaSustaining Maine’s WatersShipwrecks & SalvageBathInfo: mainemaritimemuseum.orgCape Ann MuseumWindow on the MarshFitz Henry Lane GalleryGloucester, MAInfo: capeannmuseum.orgNew Bedford Whaling MuseumLoomings: Christopher VolpeTurn the Tide, Courtney MattisonThe Azorean Spirit: The art of DomingosRebeloEnergy and Enterprise: Industry and theCity of New BedfordEnlightening Encounters: The Two Nations of Manjiro NakahamaShaping the SouthCoast: Women of Lighting the Way‘Go A Whaling I Must and I Would’: LifeAboard a New Bedford Whaling VesselNew Bedford, MAInfo: (508) 997-0046Mystic Seaport MuseumFigureheads & ShipcarvingsMystic River Scale ModelSailor MadeSmall BoatsThames Keel ShipbuildingSentinels of the SeaVoyaging in the Wake of the WhalersSea as Muse19th Century NavigationMystic, CTInfo: mysticseaport.orgJULY2Moosabec Reach Lobster Boat RacesU. S. Coast Guard StationJonesportInfo: Roy Fagonde (207) 610-46072Schooner RacePortland Yacht ClubFalmouthInfo: gmora.org2Annual Classic RaceBoothbay Harbor Yacht ClubBoothbay HarborInfo: gmora.orgStonington Lobster Boat RacesTown DockStoningtonInfo: Cory McDonald (207) 664452524Harpswell Lobster Boat RacesHarpswellInfo: Amanda Peacock (207) 756 3104Kristina York (207) 449-757129-30 Camden Classics CupCamden Yacht ClubCamdenInfo: gmora.orgAUGUST3-4 Castine Classic Yacht CelebrationCastine Yacht ClubCastineInfo: dpbicks@gmail.com4-7101017Round Southport RaceSouthport Yacht ClubSouthportInfo: gmora.orgFriendship Lobster Boat RacesTown DockFriendshipInfo: Robin Reed (207) 975-98215Monhegan WeekendPortland Yacht ClubFalmouthInfo: gmora.orgCamden to Brooklin Feeder RaceCamden Yacht ClubCamdenInfo: classicyachts.org6Eggemoggin Reach RegattaWoodenBoatBrooklinInfo: classicyachts.org13Winter Harbor Lobster Boat RacesWinter HarborInfo: Chris Byers, (207) 963-713914M. 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July 2022 MAINE COASTAL NEWS Page 5.Ken Flower of Flower's BoatworksWALPOLE - One of the notable boatbuilders on the coast of Maine is Ken Flower ofFlower’s Boatworks in Walpole, which isnow run by his son David. What is interesting is the family history in boatbuilding,which dates back several generations.Just outside the shop they have a 46-footcruiser about 98 percent complete. Theywere putting stainless steel half round on herguards and rails, but the problem was gettingsome of the other items to complete her.Besides the items they are waiting on theyhave some hydraulics and plumbing to do.David took their 43, made some significantmodifications to her and made a one-off hull.Ken added, “It is a nice job. I think he dida better job on that then I did the 43. It is anice boat, but hopefully we never have tobuild another one. There is so much time init and too much room for people to put stuffin.”Inside they have a 38, which will be thenext one to go out. She needs to be wired, butthat will be a little harder since they couldnot wait and continued the build. Next heris a 43 they are progressing on.The 38 outside is covered, but it is abouthalf done. The engine is in as is the shaft,bulkheads and the forecastle with bunk unit.The top is on it, but not attached.David is the fifth generation. Ken said,“My father, my grandfather, and his fatherwho lived on Long Island. I don’t rememberhis name, but he went out to California tofind gold. He found it, put it in two casketsand brought it back to New York and boughthalf of Long Island, Oyster Bay. I didn’tknow my grandfather very well. He did thelittle cruisers. My father went down, mygrandfather was in Florida and somebodycame in with a new product to build hishydroplanes. He mixed it up, let it hardenand says, here is your new boat. My grandfather scoffed he said oh no, no, no you can’tbuild a boat with that stuff. It was fiberglassobviously. He never went along with it soeventually he got out of the hydroplanebusiness and then he got into the business ofbuilding small cruisers. My grandfather wasa smart guy. He went over to the next coupleof counties in Florida and bought a great bigpiece of land that he knew was for sale rightin the middle of a swamp. A few years later,he didn’t have to work anymore, it was themiddle of Disney World. He did wind up inEurope for a while and helped somebodystart up some sort of a line of boats.”Ken’s grandfather was very well knownfor his hydroplanes, which raced all overthe country. They were his designs. Kenadded, “My knowledge is that the originalhydroplane was a high-sided style boat andmy grandfather was the one that took andsquatted them down and made them intothe style hydroplane you see now. At leasthe takes credit for doing it. I don’t know. Myfather raced them. He was sick one time andsomebody else did and went 48.257 mphwith a 9.9 hp Mercury. That was the worldrecord at that time. He was pissed becausesomebody else got it with his boat.“My father had a spat down there inFlorida with his father,” said Ken, “andhe came up here and moved in with myGrandma Carver, his mother. I think I was4, probably about ‘59. We lived in Rockportthat was when he was working for Bob Laneat Penobscot Boat Works. I started goingto kindergarten and none of the other kidscould go down to the boat shop. I could godown and the other kids followed me. Theywould be sneaking down I remember oneday a guy working there, Deadeye Eaton,was talking to me and pulled his pant leg upand pulled his stocking up and took a tackout of his mouth and he nailed his stockingto his leg. He had a wooden leg. They didn’tknow that and they ran back up over the hill.”The first boat Ken helped build was withhis father when he was about 8 years old.She was a 16 or 18-footer and was built forthe owner of the Ingraham Store who hadhelped the family out when his father wasin the hospital by providing food for them.Penobscot Boat Works built a lot ofthese runabouts, in fact they were done ona production line. When Ken’s father wasworking there Bob was running the shop.When asked who taught him the mostabout boatbuilding Ken quickly said, “Roger Morse. Well, I got hurt, a couple of discsblew out of my back. I had an operation andthen nobody wanted to hire me. So, I justkept my mouth shut and I went to work forRoger and Cabot (Lyman) came along andbought the place. I think Roger was therefor a little less than a year before he left. Istayed with Cabot, as did Dick Benner anda couple others. Dick Benner also worked atPenobscot Boat Works, with my father. Asfor Roger, I hated him when I was a kid. Iwas 18 years old when I went to work thereand he used to make fun of me. He’d pickmy work apart, but I remember it like it wasyesterday. I have never forgotten a thing hetaught me. It was a while long ago; Rogerand his wife were in the grocery store and Isaid, “Roger how are you doing?” He says,“I am doing good,” and he said, “I hear youare doing pretty good” and he came up andshook my hand. The last thing I rememberhim saying to me, he said, “Your old manwould be some proud of you” and that meanta lot to me.”When Ken was working for Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding they built themoulds for the Seguin 43. He said, “I learneda lot there, mostly from trial and error. Webuilt several of those. I was doing joinerCHASE, LEAVITT & CO.The Chart RoomFlags · Books · Chart Kit · Paper Charts ·Navigation ToolsLife Raft Service StationAbandon Ship & Floatation Gear ·Distress Signals · Overboard RescueInflatable BoatsSales: Achilles, Caribe, & HighfieldLarge Supply of Spare PartsRepair Professionals84 Cove St., Portland (207) 772-6383218 Bucksport Rd., Ellsworth (207) 667-9390www.chaseleavitt.comwork and he put me into fabrication. I missCabot. I got a lot of ideas from him, especially watching him build that business uptaught me a lot about staying in business.”Then a guy called Ken and offered hima job in Massachusetts, at Grave’s YachtYard in Marblehead. Ken said, “I went downthere and managed the production line ontwo sailboats. That started out great andthen they got in a mess financially and thatall fell apart. I came back and went to workat Maine Marine. I wasn’t going to be therelong; I just needed a job to get by that winterthen I started doing my own thing.”When Ken was 24, he started a boatbuilding shop in the Newbert & Wallaceyard in Thomaston. He rented building andfinished off a couple of Young Brothersboats. Ken added, “I worked for Eric LeeNeilson, that was the old man’s son, and wewere doing a 57-foot cold moulded Herreshoff. We did that in the old Newbert &Wallace building, but on the ways in the farpart of the building. That boat project nevergot finished. He had some issues and heand his wife wanted to go south so they justpacked it up and left. Left everything. I tookover some of his work, but I kept my name. Ihad the old work and I picked up some newwork and then my father passed away andwhen he passed away I kind of lost interestin building boats. I kind of pulled my hornsin and I worked for Bruce (Farrin) downhere for a few years. I decided I wanted tomove on so I changed jobs. I was workingfor Gamage Shipyard, for Linwood. I amworking like a dog, carrying boat standsand I didn’t have any interest in doing that.Anyway, I gave him my notice and I camehome and I started building boats. I put upa little shed and just started doing a littleKen Flower22-footer and I did jobs on the outside. Idid that, probably a couple years. Then I putup a building over there. David was 8 yearsold and he was helping me build it. Got thebuilding up and the work just kept comingand coming. Did very well those years. I wasdoing 3 or 4 boats a year depending on thestyle by myself. David was lobstering anddiving and he came to me and says I want tocome in and help you build boats. He camein and worked for about a year and then weput this place up.Continued on Page 6

Page 6. MAINE COASTAL NEWS July 2022VIRGINIA Launched at BathBATH - On 4 June over 3,000 people gathered in the late afternoon on Bath’s waterfront to watch the launching of the replicavessel VIRGINIA. This was the first vesselbuilt in North America at the Popham Colony in 1607. The hope was to build this vesseland launch her for the 400th anniversary, butfinancial issues delayed the building. Determined to accomplish the goal another grouppicked up the challenge and completed themission when just after 1630 VIRGINIAwas lifted off the hard by two huge cranesand placed into the Kennebec River.James Nelson, a noted historian, writer,now head rigger on VIRGINIA, has beeninvolved with this project for the last sixyears. He said, “I came down and saw theprogress they were making, very impressed,and told them that I am not a shipwright butI am a traditional rigger and would like tovolunteer. They said, great, we don’t haveanybody that knows any rigging, you’re incharge.”James was working at the Maine Maritime Museum, which is where the VirginiaProject first started. He added, “I always kepttabs on what was going on. I was workingat the Maine Maritime Museum for a whileas the education coordinator there and backthen Maine’s First Ship had their officein one of the buildings so I was talkingto the executive director quite often. Thefirst Board decided to throw in the towelbecause they couldn’t raise the money.Rob Stevens and some others decided togo ahead and try to revitalize the programand did. Originally, they wanted to build itat the Maritime Museum and the MaritimeMuseum for understandable reasons said wedon’t want you to start unless you have themoney to finish it because they didn’t want ahalf-built ship languishing on their grounds.That was fair, but that is a lot of money toraise in one chunk and they were never ableto do it. I always felt that they should juststart building it and raise the money as theygo. Ultimately that is what they did and itwas very successful. They started buildingit right here at the Bath Freight Shed. Theylaid the keel in 2011 but had been doingeducational programming before that. Theyhave been able to keep ahead financiallyall along raising money as they needed it.Construction never had to stop for want offunds. I will be perfectly honest I have seena lot of these projects come and go, most ofthem fail and I was a little cynical about thechances of this one at first. It wasn’t until Icame down and saw the progress that wasbeing made and realize, wow.”Rob Stevens slated to be the shipwrightright from the beginning. James added,“I was working at the Maritime Museumand I was building a replica of the housesthey had built at the Popham Colony andRob was there making spars for VIRGINIA. There wasn’t any VIRGINIA at thetime, he was just shaping spars as sort ofa hands-on demonstration. The economywas not great, they had a hard time raisingmoney and ultimately weren’t able to do it,even though they did raise a considerableamount of money. They figured they’d justfold so they closed up the organization anddonated the money. Then some of the otherfolks that were involved, including Rob andOrman Heinze and a fellow named Fred Hilland others, said ‘Now wait a minute, thisis a worthy project. This is something weshould keep going.’ So, they formed a newBoard of Directors and began this new thrustwith the idea of not building at the MaritimeMuseum just building it as they could. I thinkthe originally idea was to not go for a CoastGuard license but that has since changed.”There have been major donors, but themajority has been small donors. They havealso benefited from grants from a numberof different organizations. James added,“Some folks gave us a 250,000 donationBecome a Memberof theMaine Lobster Boat Racing Association!VIRGINIA being hoisted up by two cranes and placed into the Kennebec River at Bath.for our endowment, so we have a very niceendowment that we don’t touch. That is sucha blessi

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