Boat-Building Project Complete at Maritime Museum

Historic Project Complete in Bayfield

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A project two summers in the making is finally complete at the Bayfield Maritime Museum.

Volunteers spent 300-hours building the 16-foot flat bottom Herring Skiff, powered by oars.

The boat is a replica of Cubby Lebel’s boat.

Lebel was a local commercial fisherman from the 1940’s.

The project celebrates fishing trade and the small boat building traditions of the Apostle Islands region.

“This will now become a permanent display in the Bayfield Maritime Museum. We have the original boat on site as well. We traced the plans and lines off of it and we had a reference point and that boat will go back out to Rock Island where it’s been housed for the last 50–years or so,” said President of Bayfield Maritime Museum’s Board Don Albrecht.

The museum is already planning to build another boat next summer.

If you want to donate to the project, just head to the Bayfield Maritime Museum’s Facebook page. 

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