We had a great weekend! On Saturday around 12:30 we kicked off the event with 3 pilot gigs on-site from Westport, Dartmouth and Newport, that were modified for sport rowing. These pilot gigs were originally designed to deliver pilots out to incoming vessels off the Atlantic about to run aground. Today, pilot gigs are used primarily for sport with about 100 clubs across the globe. The weather was terrific for enjoying all of the small wooden crafts on exhibit on the landing across from the Life Saving Station. The conditions were great for mid October. The crews launched their boats off of Gooseberry Island for a demonstration for all who were present.
Inside the Visitor Center guests were able to talk with Local Author John Conway about his recent book “Buckrammer’s Tales” … adventure with the century-old Buckrammer, filled with ghost stories, mishaps and excitement, of the oldest catboat still afloat. And of course there were a small collection of hand crafted models, antique boatbuilding and woodworking tools and other marine related items on display.
Local favorites, The Spindle Rock River Rats, entertained visitors just
after the rowers returned to shore worth their acoustic fiddle tunes and wonderful
sea shanties. Their performance was the perfect fit for the occasion. Kevin
Allen stopped by from MA DCR Historic Preservation program. He wanted to
deliver in person a new plaque for our efforts to preserve the Life Saving
Station and successfully make it available to the public, in keeping with the
long term lease agreement the WFA entered in with the DCR back in 2009.
The WFA would like to Thank all who contributed to the classic wooden boat exhibit and the visitors who came by in support of our efforts to share the maritime history and talent of our local community and its boat builders and enthusiasts. We hope to see you again next year!