From the Chesapeake Heritage Conservancy, Inc.:
As I sat at the dock watching the final sunset for 2013, I am saddened by the season I have missed. The cruises that couldn’t go out, the wonderful passengers, the smiles on the faces of the school children during their field trip all having to be canceled due to the restoration I need.
During the past 20 years I have taken over 20,000 school children for trips on the Bay, some of whom had never been on a boat. I have made memories for birthday parties, weddings, as well as just having fun. Perhaps you have a special memory from a cruise with your family and/ or. friends, or just enjoyed watching me from the shoreline as my sails caught the wind.
Looking at the first day of 2014, like the first page of a new book, together we can write a great one, full of new memories, smiles and laughter; but I need your support.
My immediate need is an additional 8 weeks of work to replace some planks, a couple of bottom boards, shaping the mast along with up-rigging. The estimated cost is $30,000. Work must begin in February for me to ready for spring.
I am sending out an S.O.S. – please consider a donation to the Skipjack Martha Lewis Restoration Fund. Thank you in advance for your support and for not letting the sun set on me.
It’s time to dry dock that money pit for good. Every year it needs over $30,000 in work and that’s just for band aids.
I went out on the Skipjack Martha Lewis as a girl scout 17 years ago. We had so much fun! We learned a lot. It was a unique experience.