SEAFLOWER, 1975

As business grew, the boatyard increased in size. The Lukes moved one building on a barge down the Damariscotta River to Linekin Bay and onto the shore. They added on to existing buildings. One project required the construction of a 64-foot motor yacht in a 54-foot-long building. To accommodate this, they built an addition on wheels, which they continue to use today.

In the photograph, SEAFLOWER, Luke’s second aluminum yacht, is being moved from the bay which housed metalworking equipment to a woodworking shop. A new boat would likely be started in the metal shop, and this boat would be finished in a warmer building where epoxies and paints would dry. In the winter, boats were moved when weather conditions permitted, even if the steps completed in the first building weren’t quite finished.

Catalog Number LB2005.254.10510