Preser­va­tion fund launched for Nathan of Dorch­ester

Dorchester Star - - Regional -

CAM­BRIDGE — The Dorch­ester Skipjack Com­mit­tee is launch­ing the Skipjack Nathan Preser­va­tion Fund in an ef­fort to al­low for larger restora­tion projects to be per­formed on the boat.

The Nathan of Dorch­ester cur­rently re­ceives sup­port for main­te­nance and up­keep from the Nathan Foun­da­tion, the Pauline F. Rob­bins and W. David Rob­bins Charitable Foun­da­tion Trust, lo­cal busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als.

With wooden ves­sels such as the Nathan, re­pairs tend to be costly. The new preser­va­tion fund will as­sist the com­mit­tee in pay­ing for projects such as sails, hy­draulics, deck and hull restora­tion.

The Nathan is a fix­ture of Cam­bridge, moored year­round at Long Wharf, and is cel­e­brat­ing the start of her 22nd sail­ing sea­son this year. She is the youngest of the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay boats, built by vol­un­teers over a two year pe­riod and launched in 1994.

Of the 1,200 pas­sen­gers con­veyed by the Nathan each year, the ma­jor­ity are vis­i­tors to Dorch­ester County. As a draw for tourists, the Nathan con­trib­utes to the econ­omy of Dorch­ester County and the sur­round­ing area as the vis­i­tors she re­ceives also pa­tron­ize lo­cal restau­rants and shops.

The Skipjack Nathan Preser­va­tion Fund wel­comes do­na­tions from in­di­vid­u­als, groups and busi­nesses alike. The com­mit­tee will seek sup­port from lo­cal busi­nesses and past sup­port­ers in the com­ing weeks to kick off the fund. Con­tri­bu­tions can be sent to Dorch­ester Skipjack Com­mit­tee-SNPF at P.O. Box 1224, Cam­bridge, MD 21613 or made on­line at www.skipjack-nathan.org.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

The Nathan of Dorch­ester skipjack at Long Wharf, con­trib­uted by Board Pres­i­dent Lou Hy­man of the Dorch­ester Skipjack Com­mit­tee.

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