Boat-builders take inaugural paddles around Rockland harbor

Posted Dec. 17, 2010, at 2:37 p.m.
Seth Walton, of Hillsboro, Virginia, rowed his 11-foot Susan Skiff named Major Helen on Friday morning in Rockland Harbor. The boat took three months to construct by hand. Walton is an intern at the Apprenticeshop, a nonprofit that teaches wooden boat building in Rockland.
Seth Walton, of Hillsboro, Virginia, rowed his 11-foot Susan Skiff named Major Helen on Friday morning in Rockland Harbor. The boat took three months to construct by hand. Walton is an intern at the Apprenticeshop, a nonprofit that teaches wooden boat building in Rockland.
Apprentices Matthew Dirr, (left) of Cooperstown, N.Y. and Skyler Shepard, (right) of New York City relax in their 9-foot Lawley Tender that was launched into Rockland Harbor on Friday morning with five other boats built at the Apprenticeshop, a nonprofit that teaches people how to build wooden boats.
Apprentices Matthew Dirr, (left) of Cooperstown, N.Y. and Skyler Shepard, (right) of New York City relax in their 9-foot Lawley Tender that was launched into Rockland Harbor on Friday morning with five other boats built at the Apprenticeshop, a nonprofit that teaches people how to build wooden boats.
People from the Apprenticeshop, a nonprofit wooden boatbuilding school in Rockland, carried an 11-foot Frank Day rowboat down a snowy ramp Friday morning before apprentices and members of the public took the newly-finished boat took its inaugural paddle.
Heather Steeves
People from the Apprenticeshop, a nonprofit wooden boatbuilding school in Rockland, carried an 11-foot Frank Day rowboat down a snowy ramp Friday morning before apprentices and members of the public took the newly-finished boat took its inaugural paddle.
People from the Apprenticeshop, a nonprofit wooden boatbuilding school in Rockland, carried six handmade boats down a snowy ramp Friday morning before apprentices, interns and members of the public paddled the newly-finished boats around the harbor.
People from the Apprenticeshop, a nonprofit wooden boatbuilding school in Rockland, carried six handmade boats down a snowy ramp Friday morning before apprentices, interns and members of the public paddled the newly-finished boats around the harbor.
A man took a newly-built rowboat for a paddle on Friday morning at a launching ceremony for the Apprenticeshop, a nonprofit wooden boatbuilding school in Rockland.
A man took a newly-built rowboat for a paddle on Friday morning at a launching ceremony for the Apprenticeshop, a nonprofit wooden boatbuilding school in Rockland.
Six rowboats built by apprentices and interns at the Apprenticeshop, a nonprofit wooden boatbuilding school in Rockland, were paddled around Rockland Harbor for the first time Friday morning.
Six rowboats built by apprentices and interns at the Apprenticeshop, a nonprofit wooden boatbuilding school in Rockland, were paddled around Rockland Harbor for the first time Friday morning.

On a beautiful morning, apprentices at a nonprofit wooden boat building school launched six boats into the Rockland Harbor. Three Susan Skiffs were built by the school’s 12-week interns and three smaller boats were built by six of the two-year apprentices. Two of the apprentice-built boats were commissioned and the Apprenticeshop is looking to sell the third boat, a 9-foot Lawley Tender that is white with natural wood trim. The interns take their boats home with them.

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