The Ada Mae
, built in 1915,
is the oldest remaining, North Carolina built, Skipjack in
existance. She was recovered in 1995 from her life as part of the
oyster-dredging sailing fleet on Chesapeake Bay and is now
incorporated into an innovative, hands-on education program
with "Carolina Coastal
Classrooms" in New Bern, NC.
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Based on a well known Baltimore shipwright's recommendation,
was regionally recruited for the project. He undertook this major
structural repair as an independant shipwright working closely with
Coast Guard inspectors on this inspected passenger vessel. He replaced
much of the chine log on the starboard side, as well as many side
frames, planks, a bottom plank and some additional blocking knees
between the top of the centerboard trunk and the deck beams.
He worked closely on the project with the nearby North Carolina
Maritime Museum in Beaufort, NC where the boatshop class was
doing some additional work
on the vessel. When Richard got finished the boat had a final
inspection and then was launched, the mast was stepped and she was
gotten ready to sail.