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Living Classroom's Lady Maryland gets some winter maintenance

Winter maintenance on the Lady Maryland, the flagship for the Living Classrooms Foundation, was extensive. The 32-year-old deck of the pungy schooner, built in 1986, was replaced with a new one made of Douglas fir.

During the sailing season, which begins on April 4 and continues through November, students from around the area will sail aboard Lady Maryland and learn about the environment and sailing.

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Living Classrooms is raising money to pay for the deck replacement and other projects to keep the last existing vessel operational.

Costing $650,000 to build originally, Lady Maryland weighs about 82 tons, is 104 feet overall in length and has 4 sails — the tallest of which is 92 feet high — and two 80-horsepower diesel engines.

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