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Remembering Winnie Lash 7/5/18 – 11/9/15

From 1977, from left: Wesley Lash, mechanic Tom Peacock, Winnie Lash, and Wayne Havener, owner of the Lash Brothers-built 35-footer Stephanie G. Photo courtesy Penobscot Marine Museum; Red Boutilier collection

From 1977, from left: Wesley Lash, mechanic Tom Peacock, Winnie Lash, and Wayne Havener, owner of the Lash Brothers-built 35-footer Stephanie G.
Photo courtesy Penobscot Marine Museum; Red Boutilier collection

FRIENDSHIP, ME – An era has ended.

Winfield “Winnie” Lash – boat builder, designer, and co-founder of Lash Brothers Boatyard back in 1946 – passed away on November 9.

He was predeceased by his son, Wesley A. Lash, in 2013.  Wesley had taken over the reins of the Lash Brothers shop in 1984 when his father retired.  Wesley’s son (known to most as “young Wes”) joined the operation full-time in 1992.

One of eight brothers who all were multi-talented hard workers, Winnie taught himself about boat design at an early age, eventually becoming a skilled and prolific craftsman who could design and build a sleek Friendship sloop – then turn around and construct a rugged dragger or purse seiner from scratch.

Wesley always said of his father Winnie: “He’ll talk about a particular boat or a customer, but as far as what he’s done, you won’t get much out of Father. He’ll tell you to this day that
he doesn’t know how he got through life.”

During the years that he ran the Lash Brothers shop, Winnie launched somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 boats – the specialty of the house being high-waisted draggers in the 50-foot range…

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