The Thompson Propeller Shop 1937, Fairhaven, MA http://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/ The Thompson Propeller Shop 1937, Fairhaven, MA The Thompson Propeller Shop 1937 A steam shovel clears the lot and loads dirt and tree stumps into the dump truck. http://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125610706 125610706 The Thompson Propeller Shop 1937 A steam shovel clears the lot and loads dirt and tree stumps into the dump truck. The truck belongs to Geo. E. Tripp Excavating Co. http://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125610711 125610711 The Thompson Propeller Shop 1937 Taking shape. http://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125610710 125610710 The Thompson Propeller Shop 1937 Sturdy steel girders for the roof. http://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125610713 125610713 The Thompson Propeller Shop 1937 Taking a break. http://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125610717 125610717 The Thompson Propeller Shop 1937 This brick building is probably one of the sturdiest structures along the Fairhaven waterfront. http://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125610718 125610718 The Thompson Propeller Shop 1937 Clearing the lot. Note the window frames stacked up in the lower right. http://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125610720 125610720 The Thompson Propeller Shop 1937 These sturdy window frames being set in place. http://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125610722 125610722 The Thompson Propeller Shop 1937 The roof is complete and sealed with tar paper. http://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125610721 125610721 The Thompson Propeller Shop 1937 A handsome new building with a small sail boat out front. It's hard to believe that his structure was completely built of demolition material from a factory in New Bedford. The factory was very likely the Kilburn Mill torn down right around the time this was constructed. http://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125610708 125610708 The Thompson Propeller Shop 1937 Warren Thompson installs the famous shiny brass propeller on the corner of his new shop. It was said that the spinning prop could be seen shining across the Acushnet River from Union St in New Bedford on sunny days. Thompson appears to have a grease gun lubricating the prop. http://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125610707 125610707 The Thompson Propeller Shop 1937 The famous prop ready for a stiff breeze. http://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125610715 125610715 The Thompson Propeller Shop 1937 This brass prop very likely from a large dragger. http://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125610709 125610709 The Thompson Propeller Shop 1937 A damaged prop, soon to be repaired and made like new. http://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125610712 125610712 The Thompson Propeller Shop 1937 Warren Thompson takes a much needed lunch break in his busy shop. http://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125610714 125610714 The Thompson Propeller Shop 1937 The machine shop also was used for automotive repairs as well. http://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125610716 125610716 The Thompson Propeller Shop 1937 The "Season of 1933" booklet for The M.D.Thompson Propeller Shop. http://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125610727 125610727 The Thompson Propeller Shop 1937 Ad from the Thompson Propeller Shop booklet. Warren Thompson's dad, M.D.Thompson of Maine was the inventor of the Thompson Feathering Propeller. This remarkable invention allowed the prop blade to automatically change it's pitch when the thrust from the vessel's gears shifted from forward or to reverse. http://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125610724 125610724 The Thompson Propeller Shop 1937 The Story of Tommy's Boat, authored by M.D. Thompson, the brother's dad, who started the business in Maine. http://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125610725 125610725 The Thompson Propeller Shop 1937 A price list for the propeller shop's services. Pretty steep prices considering the minimum wage was about .20 cents an hour at the time. Mr Thompson chuckled in an interview I had with him in the 80's when he revealed that during the rum running days, it was not uncommon to have a Coast Guard Revenue Cutter's propellers being serviced side by side with the rum-runners boat's. He said the "boys" in the shop made the pitch of the runners props a little better for performance and speed. http://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125610729 125610729 The Thompson Propeller Shop 1937 Warren Thompson appears to be taking some measurements. http://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125610730 125610730 Warren Thomspon - Col. Sanders look-alike The late Warren Thompson, was well known in Fairhaven for being a dead-ringer look-alike for Col. Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken. He played the role well and would venture into KFC Restaurants for laughs! We were good friends and he had many stories to tell. But none better than his legacy of being the owner of The Thompson Propeller Shop on Water St in Fairhaven. Enjoy this classic YouTube clip from The 1991 Fairhaven Homecoming Fair when I ran into him with his wife. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5kK9C8wh1Y http://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125611772 125611772 The Scandia Propeller Shop The waterfront icon on the same building. Not much , if anything has changed with the old propeller shop building. http://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125641288 125641288 The Scandia Propeller Shop Waiting for a southwesterly breeze. http://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125641289 125641289 The Scandia Propeller Shop The Scandia Propeller Shop Sign Propeller Service Marine Hydraulics http://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125641290 125641290