Lewes Family Boat Build Weekend to take place June 17-19

Lewes Family Boat Build Weekend to take place June 17-19

Lewes, Delaware- June 8, 2016- Lewes was a shipbuilding town. From the 1600s until the mid 1800s, hundreds of vessels of all sizes were built on Lewes Creek.  Join The Lewes Historical Society as we rekindle this art in Lewes as part of Family Boat Building Weekend over Fathers’ Day Weekend June 17-19.

Come support preregistered participating groups and families as they build shallow draft wooden boats called Bevin’s Skiffs, with help from The Lewes Historical Society’s Volunteer Wooden Boat Crew in front of the Lewes Life-Saving Station.  At roughly 12ft long, these wooden boats are great for fishing and recreation on calm waters. The Bevin’s Skiff was created to be a teaching vessel, designed to be constructed by beginning builders, and is a perfect introductory boat for families.

After construction, the groups will launch their new handmade Bevin’s Skiffs at the Lewes Canalfront Park on Sunday around 1:00pm. Come cheer them on as they watch their boats stay afloat!

The Lewes Historical Society would like to thank the following sponsors: The Lewes/Rehoboth Rotary Club, Wooden Boat Crew Oarsmen, Surf Bagel, Old World Breads, The Beachy Bean, and Dagwood’s Deli.  Special thanks to all the wonderful volunteers that are a part of The Lewes Historical Society’s Wooden Boat Crew.

Stay tuned to www.HistoricLewes.org for information on how to register your group to participate in the 2017; space is limited.  For more information on The Lewes Historical Society, contact 302-645-7670 or visit www.HistoricLewes.org.


 2015 Boat Build Pic“Support our Family Boat Building groups as they launch their handmade Bevin’s Skiffs on Sunday, June 19 around 1:00pm at Canalfront Park in Lewes.  Pictured are members of the 2015 boat building groups with their completed vessels.”