By Janet Lowry, Ronkonkoma NY
This 1957 Thompson 15-foot outboard belonged to my late Uncle. He loved his vintage lapstrake boats, and has passed that interest onto me! The Thompson needs cosmetics and is on the “to do” list.
My love for Thompson boats goes back to when I was in the 3rd grade. My dad spotted an abandoned lapstrake beached late in the fall of 1973 in Oyster Bay, NY. He wanted to save that boat because of its well-constructed design. So, on Thanksgiving morning we launched our small outboard (that dad made from a kit) and off we went to salvage that Thompson! Dad was towing the Thompson while my sister, myself, and my mom were all riding in it marking where water was coming in and bailing at a fast rate! There was a small hole right at the waterline which allowed a steady flow of water to come in until my mom plugged it up with an old Fruit of the Loom undershirt that was in the boat! Hence the name, Fruit of the Loom II for my Uncle’s Thompson.
My Uncle is pictured sitting on the trailer with the boat the day it was removed from his house and brought to mine. He was so happy that his interest in wood boats was being passed down to the next generation. This Thompson is reminiscent of our family’s first Thompson.