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Come Sail Away with The Lewes Historical Society Wooden Boat Program

     Lewes was a shipbuilding town. From the 1600s until the mid 1800s hundreds of vessels of all sizes were built on Lewes Creek. The Lewes Historical Society's Wooden Boat Program Volunteer Crew continues this wonderful Lewes tradition.


    In the appreciation of the art of boatbuilding, members of the Volunteer Crew have been working hard on assembling a 12’ Sailing Bevin Skiff.  The group meets often to work on this project at Fred's Barn, located on the Society's Complex.  The Skiff is being raffled off at $5 per ticket or $20 for 5 tickets. Raffle tickets are being sold at The Lewes Historical Society Museum Shop located at the corner of Mulberry & Second Streets in historic Lewes. Winter hours at the Museum Shop are Monday-Friday 11:00am-4:00pm.  Proceeds benefit The Lewes Historical Society. 


    Although the Wooden Boat Program Volunteer Crew celebrates this program year-round, the main event will take place over Father's Day Weekend when the art of boat building is rekindled in Lewes as part of our Family Boat Building Weekend. From Friday, June 15 through Sunday, June 17, families will be invited to try out their own boat building skills.


    Participating groups may have between 2 and 6 members. All groups will be provided with the wood, hardware and oars needed. On Sunday, we’ll use the old Lewes Boat Ramp in the Canalfront Park to launch your boat! The fee for this program includes materials, lunch on Saturday and Sunday and a program t-shirt.


    Don’t have boat building or advanced carpentry skills? Not a problem; our team of dedicated volunteers will help show you the ropes and direct you. At the end of the weekend you’ll have a beautiful 12-foot Bevin Skiff to take home with you in addition to the memories of time well spent with family and friends.


    For more information about the 12’ Sailing Bevin Skiff raffle or to join the Wooden Boat Volunteer Crew, contact Al Klineburger at 302-644-2650 or [email protected]. To learn more about the Family Boat Building Weekend, please contact 302-645-7670 or see

Members of The Lewes Historical Society’s Wooden Boat Program Volunteer Crew (L-R) Bob Kotowski, John Seipp, John McGovern, Peter Hansot, Al Klineburger are hard at work on the 12’ Sailing Bevin Skiff up for raffle