September 20, 2017
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Effort afoot to build replica of colonists’ ship

BATH, Maine — A Maine man isn’t giving up on the goal of building a replica of a ship built in 1607 by English colonists in Phippsburg.

Last summer, a nonprofit group said it would no longer solicit donations and would instead look at less expensive ways to preserve the story of the failed Popham Colony and its 30-ton vessel, the Virginia.

But Fred Hill of Arrowsic (AR’-oh-sik) isn’t giving up.

Maine’s First Ship is using this winter and spring to raise money and awareness to get the project back on track. Hill says construction will begin when a threshold of $300,000 is reached. That’s half of what will be needed to complete the project.

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