Havre de Grace Ship Needs Help
The Skipjack Martha Lewis seeks assistance getting the wind back in her sails.
The Skipjack Martha Lewis is "an endangered species."
At one time, there were approximately 2,000 wind-powered oyster dredging ships like her, according to the documentary; today, there are about 20.
Built in 1955, the Skipjack Martha Lewis is a big girl, measuring 49.5 feet long and weighing in at eight tons.
She's been docked in Havre de Grace since the mid-1990s, where, starting in April, she picks up passengers for cruises along the Susquehanna River and educates them about the Chesapeake Bay.
"She is a fun ol' gal but she needs your support," according to the Chesapeake Heritage Conservancy, which maintains the ship.
The support totals about $7,000, according to the Martha Lewis Facebook page.
"I need a new jib sail and sail covers to look my best for the coming season. Would be nice to have them by May 3, 4 & 5 for the War of 1812 festival in Havre de Grace," Skipjack Martha Lewis posted. "Just one BIG problem—I need $7,000!"
Supporters can contribute to the cause during a March 21 fundraiser or beforehand by purchasing raffle tickets.
Between 6 and 9 p.m. Thursday, a portion of the proceeds from dinner and drinks at the MacGregor's Pearl Bar will go to the Chesapeake Heritage Conservancy. Games, a raffle and auction will also support the cause.
Raffle tickets are $5 for one or $10 for three; they are available at Flicker Scents, Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum and the Havre de Grace Visitors Center. People don't have to be present at the event to redeem raffle prizes. Read more about the Skipjack Martha Lewis fundraiser on the Havre de Grace Patch calendar.