This story details hard-working blue collar people who without the benefit of financiers built leading edge ocean going vessels during 1970s. The father and son enterprise lead by Ed and Dugie Freeman was supported by eager and meticulous craftsmen and became known for skill at their trades.
Ed Freeman’s birthright family trials and tribulations are traced back to 1833 when his great-grandfather is abandoned as a newborn on a pastor’s doorstep in North Carolina. The family history is followed through the Civil War, the Great Depression, and Dust Bowl. On a freezing cold winter night in 1939, 22 year old Ed Freeman escaped a forced family arrangement by hopping on a railcar headed west, joining the ranks of hoboes and eventually settling in the coastal mountains of Oregon where he could be his own man in a land of opportunity surrounded by giant forests of Douglas Fir and Port Orford Cedar.
Thirty years later, leveraging work ethic, skill sets, and an accumulation of life experiences that typified the first-rate tradesmen they had become, Ed Freeman and his son Dugie set out on an adventure that would build the largest aluminum commercial fishing boats built in the United States at the time. Over the course of the little boatyard’s short life (12 years), the boats they built had a combined length of nearly four football fields and a total vessel weight of more than a million pounds.
This is a straight-forward American story, both interesting and instructive, that is neither simple nor complex. It puts a face to personal struggles and provides respect that effort, creativity, striving, persistence, and common sense deserve, and connects a larger sphere of influence that contributed to their success.
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Interest in boats and boatbuilding
History, Pacific Northwest-Oregon-Puget Sound, Alaska
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