Thursday, May 8, 2014

Meet the man who built the 'Quinnipiack,' in an event at the New Haven Museum

NEW HAVEN - Connecticut residents "are invited to see and hear first-hand the trials and tribulations of hand-crafting the 19th-century-style hackmatack schooner that would became New Haven’s flagship, the Quinnipiack, straight from the shipwright who built it," at 6 p.m. May 22, at 6 p.m., at the New Haven Museum. 
"Phil Shelton, who spent two years crafting the 91-foot vessel while living in the woods of Maine—with no electricity—will celebrate the 30th anniversary of his ship-building saga in this one-time presentation, in partnership with Schooner, Inc., the New Haven non-profit which offers public sailing cruises, private charters, and educational programs aboard the Quinnipiack, according to a release."

Admission to the presentation is free; a recommended donation of $10 is welcome, the release said. Space is limited; reservations are recommended and can be made at

"Shelton’s multimedia presentation will bring to life the story of transforming 30,000 feet (60 cords) of wood, which he felled himself, into the type of sailing vessel that filled New Haven Harbor as recently as the dawn of the 20th century. Shelton’s account includes nail-biting moments getting the newly made schooner over a quarter-mile of frozen ground to a river, and past a jammed draw bridge, with half the town of Milbridge, Maine turning out to see if the vessel would fit."

Also in the release:
Schooner, Inc.
Schooner, Inc. is a non-profit founded in 1975, whose mission is to promote environmental literacy and character development through education and public access to Long Island Sound and its watershed. Through educational programs, experiences on Long Island Sound, and community collaboration, Schooner believes the public will make personal, business, and legislative decisions that protect Long Island Sound as an ecological, economic, and cultural resource. In the past five years, Schooner, Inc. has more than doubled its annual number of participants - in 2013, they served over 6,800 people and their participants spent over 30,000 hours exploring, learning about, and enjoying Long Island Sound.  
The New Haven Museum
The New Haven Museum, founded in 1862 as the New Haven Colony Historical Society, is located in downtown New Haven at 114 Whitney Avenue. The Museum is currently celebrating 150 years of collecting, preserving, and interpreting the history and heritage of Greater New Haven. Through its collections, exhibitions, programs and outreach, the Museum brings over 375 years of New Haven history to life. For more information visit or or call 203-562-4183.
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