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