Paul Luke and his grandson take his experimental aluminum lobster boat for a test run. Paul’s boat was built on speculation; her lines were graceful and she was easy to handle. At 32 feet long and 10 feet wide, she was narrow by today’s standards. According to Frank, “The lobstermen liked their fiberglass, and they liked their wood. They didn’t warm up to aluminum.” Consequently, Paul built only one aluminum lobster boat.
“My brother (John) used this boat lobstering for a couple of years,” recounts Frank. “He got in a hard spot and took a big wave over the stern and the boat sank. He barely survived but got revenge by bringing the boat ashore and cutting it all up with a skill saw and a grin.”