News Feature

Stonington
Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, August 14, 2014
From models to life-sized, historical society hosts boat show

Bill Wiegmann and his ‘Vixen’

Owner Bill Wiegmann stands next to the Vixen, a 16-foot 12-1/2 designed by Joel White and built by Wiegmann in Deer Isle. The sailboat is a traditional plank on frame construction, with cedar planking and white oak frames and keel. There are bright work elements and transom made of Honduras mahogany. Wiegmann sails from Northwest Harbor in Deer Isle. The vessel was on display at the Deer Isle Boat Show on August 10.

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by Jessica Brophy

Boats of all kinds could be found at Hagen Dock on Sunday, August 10, during the Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society’s second annual Boat Show.

Boats on display ranged from kayaks to large lobster boats, as well as an extensive collection of model boats on display inside Penobscot East Resource Center.

The first boat show was organized last year by then-Island Fellow Wes Norton, said co-organizer Tinker Crouch. “He set things up and did such a wonderful job we decided to continue this year,” said Crouch.

Using Norton’s notes, Crouch arranged the event with historical society volunteer Linda Stratton. “We talked around to different boats, to see who we could get,” said Crouch.

Thirteen boats were invited and 11 were on hand for the tour, said Crouch. These included two wooden lobster boats built by Peter Kass at John’s Bay Boats in South Bristol. Most of the boat owners were on hand to answer questions about the boats themselves, or their use as commercial or recreational vehicles.

Penobscot East opened its touch tank to the public during the event, which also included displays from WoodenBoat publications, the historical society and the Fisheries Trail project.

For more information about the Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society, visit dis-historicalsociety.org.

Bill Wiegmann and his ‘Vixen’

Owner Bill Wiegmann stands next to the Vixen, a 16-foot 12-1/2 designed by Joel White and built by Wiegmann in Deer Isle. The sailboat is a traditional plank on frame construction, with cedar planking and white oak frames and keel. There are bright work elements and transom made of Honduras mahogany. Wiegmann sails from Northwest Harbor in Deer Isle. The vessel was on display at the Deer Isle Boat Show on August 10.

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The F/V Resolute at the Boat Show

The F/V Resolute is a 46 by 15-foot wooden lobster boat built by Peter Kass, owner of John’s Bay Boats of South Bristol. Resolute launched on May 17, 2014, and is owned and operated by Ryan Larrabee. She is planked with cedar over oak framing and the platform is made of fir planks. She has an 800 horsepower Caterpillar diesel engine. Larrabee fishes offshore during the cooler months.

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Jeremy Stewart aboard his boat, Miss Robin

Jeremy Stewart of Deer Isle aboard his boat, Miss Robin. The 34-foot boat was built in 1966 by Harold Gower on Beals Island. Stewart was aboard the Miss Robin at Hagen Dock.

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Model boat at PERC

Penobscot East Resource Center displayed an exhibit of model boats.

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Mya Vickerson of Cumberland checks out a sea creature

Seven-year-old Mya Vickerson of Cumberland checks out a sea creature during a stop at Penobscot East Resource Center’s touch tan.

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