Looking through the newspaper clippings from the Echo archives that we have we came across several articles about the Flying Proa.
The Flying Proa built by Prouts was at the Earls Court Boat Show in 1962.
Our picture you might think, comes straight out of a travel brochure depicting the attraction of the South Seas .... that lovely sunset, the calm sea and the native-canoe-type craft. Not so, in fact the camera captured this scene just off an island much closer to home—Canvey. The craft, however is just what it looks, namely, a native canoe once in common use in the Pacific. It is called a micronesian proa; it has been built by the well-known Canvey catamaran-building firm of Messrs. G. Prout Sons, Ltd., and is seen being tested.