History will be made when a restored late 1800s wooden peapod boat departs the shoreline of Rockland for the lighthouse where the artifact will be placed on permanent exhibit inside the light station’s boathouse.
The event is sponsored by the Friends of Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse, which has worked with The Apprenticeshop in Rockland over the last eight months to restore the peapod boat, which traces its roots back to Maine’s Mount Desert Rock Lighthouse.
On Sunday, Aug. 15, after a brief shoreside ceremony at 10 a.m. along the public landing at Rockland’s Harbor Park, the peapod will be launched at 10:15 a.m. and rowed out to Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse, where it will be greeted by volunteers and visitors.
Upon the peapod’s arrival at the light, the Friends of Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse, a chapter of the American Lighthouse Foundation, will commemorate the occasion with some remarks before the artifact is placed inside the boathouse on public exhibit.
In 2009, John MacDonald of Windham donated the peapod to the Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse, which has been meticulously restored by The Apprenticeshop, with help from Friends volunteers and Hamilton Marine.
The public will have an advance opportunity to view the boat while it is on display at the Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show in Rockland on Aug. 13-14.
In addition to viewing the peapod boat at the Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show, the public can participate in fun raffles that include opportunities to be one of two individuals selected to ride in the peapod on its maiden voyage to the lighthouse.
Raffle tickets will be available at the show, as well as at Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse and the American Lighthouse Foundation’s Gift Store & Interpretive Center at 464 Main St. in downtown Rockland.
To learn more about this exciting event on Aug. 15 and the raffles associated with it, visit www.rocklandlighthouse.com and www.light
housefoundation.org or call the Friends of Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse at 542-7574.