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Havre de Grace Maritime Museum severs ties with boat building school

After a decade-long partnership, the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum is no longer affiliated with the Chesapeake Wooden Boat Builders' School.

The Maritime Museum Board of Directors, which includes participants of the Boat Building School among its 14 members, voted on June 20 to end the relationship between the museum and the school. Consequently, the Boat Builders School's summer and fall programs have been canceled.

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Executive Director of the Maritime Museum Darlene Perry said the decision to break ties with the Boat Builders School was made because "the Boat School was not providing necessary support to the mission of the Museum."

The museum was founded in 1987 and its mission was defined in the founding charter to include, among other goals, the maintenance and operation of a boat shop which would construct and preserve boats "in the style of bygone watercraft used in the area," and to educate the public about boats, with special focus on the education of younger generations.

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While the museum and the boat school had previously enjoyed a mutually-beneficial relationship, Perry said that in recent years, "the Boat School was not responsive to requests for construction and restoration of vessels in the style of bygone watercraft used in the area."

Perry emphasized that while the Chesapeake Wooden Boat Builders' School is no longer affiliated with the museum, the museum may still host educational programs and boat building activities in the future.


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