These pair of stunning images, and several others (for a future post), were tucked inside a Christmas card to Keith Myatt from Eileen’s former owner Lesa Vallentine. Keith very kindly copied them and forwarded them on to me.
The two images provide a fascinating glimpse into the Eileen’s darkest days following the catastrophic fire which tore through the boat at some point during the Winter/Spring of 1988-89. Only the back cabin survived, and provide the only hint at how the boat had previously looked.
It’s fascinating to see the ‘elum’ or rudder (in the top photo) unaffected by the fire, and still attached to the stern. It’s the same rudder we use today, some 25 years after these photos were taken.
(Thanks Keith, and thanks Lesa.)