Flying Cloud, Al Capone's Robinson Seagull. Or, Your Fathers Fathers Fathers Oldsmobile!

One of the fantastic things about going to shows is that you see boats that in a gillion years you will never see. Clayton this year was such a show, and one of the highlights was this boat. Flying Cloud, produced and delivered to Randsom Olds, of yes the Oldsmobile guy in 1928, this Hacker hull designed jaw dropper has Pullman berths, galley, ice box, clothes lockers and a seperate head with a fold-down lavatory.Flying Cloud was made by Roberson marine in Benton Harbor Mich… designed to have the elegance of a yacht with the speed and sleekness of a runabout… Flying Cloud started its water soaked life in Florida with the Olds family for two years and then to Al Capone, mmm Al’s tax dollars at work. Al of course lost in in 1932 to the tax man, and then on to a series of owners, until Clay and Patty Thompson came along in 1995. Dear god, that had to have been one big fat dream…. look dear, we can stick in the garage and it will be done by spring time. All the wood looks good, just some sanding and varnish……… 5 years later…..the boat was sold and now lives a happy tax included life on the St Lawrence River.

4 replies
  1. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Hello! My husband and I are the editors of the newsletter of the Northern Ohio Chapter of the Oldsmobile Club of America. My husband is originally from Clayton and still gets the Thousand Island Sun. I would like to know if you would give us permission to use your photo of Flying Cloud in our newsletter? We are working on our summer issue this week. Please let me know! Thanks so much. –Kim my email address is museums at bella online dot com.

  2. WoodyBoater
    WoodyBoater says:

    Sorry. That's not an email adress that is usable…. I am ok with you using the image for the newsletter.

  3. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Thanks so much! I really appreciate it. We saw a photo in the Thousand Island Sun and I went searching for one online that we could get permission to use. I will credit you and your blog in the newsletter!

  4. Richard Rabbers
    Richard Rabbers says:

    I welcome Flying Cloud back to the womb.
    I own the building, former home of Robinson Marine Construction. Exterior restoration is complete. The inclined rail has been removed, the slip remains but has been lengthened and dredged for my sailboat. I’m working inside now; this building will be my home, shop, gallery, etc.
    I’d love to have a ‘seagull’ at the dock or inside.

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