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.
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 http://schoonerinc.org.
"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:
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
The New Haven Museum
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celebrating 150 years of collecting, preserving, and interpreting the
history and heritage of Greater New Haven. Through its collections,
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