From the Chesapeake Heritage Conservancy:
Chesapeake Heritage Conservancy is pleased to announce that a loblolly pine has been located to replace the mast on the historical Skipjack Martha Lewis.
The loblolly was located by the Paul Jones Lumber Company in Snow Hill, Maryland. Harvested in Virginia it is currently debarked in Snow Hill as transportation arrangements are made for moving it to Havre de Grace where it will be shaped into the new mast for the Martha Lewis.
Last March it was discovered that the old mast was beyond repair and needed to be replaced putting the Martha Lewis out for the 2013 season. The Board of Trustees for the Chesapeake Heritage Conservancy also decided at that time that other restoration work was also needed, work began in late summer removing areas of decking that were in need of replacement.
The Skipjack Martha Lewis is currently at the Tidewater Yacht Service Center in Port Covington waiting for her restoration to be completed then she will be brought back to Havre de Grace to have her mast stepped, We are relying on donations to fund the restoration and are still in need of community support so this beautiful vessel can once again sail on the Chesapeake Bay.
If you would like to make a donation toward the Restoration Fund please go to our website www.chesapeake-heritage.org or contact us at 410-939-4078 by phone or email@example.com