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the battery as well as the fuel tank would be left at the dock and run off of a six-gallon tank. Peggy’s owners also did all they could do to make her faster. In 1946 Peggy had her bottom replaced by master boat builder Alton Smith. The wood was selected for the job by testing several different woods for the least absorption rates so she would be lighter. Before Alton launched her, he had someone buy as many cans of shoe polish as they could find and apply it to the

bottom to make her as slick as possible. Years went by and Peggy of New Point continued to go out year after year doing her job without fail, surviving the heat and cold, freak storms and hurricanes. Then, in 2001, Kim and Gretchen Granbery purchased the Peggy from Capt. Ed and used her to cruise up and down the East Coast. However, by the turn of the century, after a 75-year career, time was taking a toll on her. Her engine was old and her decks and

sides were rotting. In 2008, the Granberys realized they needed to pass her along to others so that she could be restored and treasured as a piece of maritime history, so she was donated to the Mathews Maritime Foundation. Peggy’s engine was rebuilt, but her decks, sides, and pilot house were slowly rotting from the inside out. For two years she sat virtually untouched while the Foundation raised funds to rebuild her.

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