Sea History 177 - Winter 2021-2022

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monument and all that it represents. As the custodians of US Navy UDT-SEAL history, it is our mission and honor to be a part of this endeavor.” (National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum, 3300 N. Hwy. A1A, North Hutchinson Island, Fort Pierce, FL; … New Jersey’s official tall ship, A. J. Meerwald, operated by the Bayshore Center at Bivalve (BCB), is undergoing a comprehensive $1.35 million restoration. “The first two phases of the restoration were replacing the ship’s systems including the installation of a new engine and generator.

This was followed by replacement of the jib and foresail, rudder, propeller and new galley,” said executive director Brian Keenan. “The third and final phase will be replacing everything from the waterline up on the ship. After 25 years of sailing and 100,000 passengers, she is showing her age and in need of care.” The shipyard work is being conducted by Clark & Eisele Traditional Boatbuilding of Belfast, Maine; it is anticipated that the Meerwald will be able to return to New Jersey for the summer sailing season in June of next year. It is funded by a grant from the NJ Historic Trust of $535,000 and private donations; the group is working to raise an additional $200,000 to address the increases in material costs related to the pandemic. Commissioned by the Meerwald family, the ship was built by Charles H. Stowman & Sons in Dorchester, NJ, and launched on 7 September 1928. She was used as an oyster dredge until being commandeered by the Maritime Commission under the War Powers Act in 1942; she was outfitted as a fireboat in service of the Coast Guard. She was returned to the Meerwalds in 1947 and subsequently sold to Clyde A. Phillips. (continued on p. 50) SEA HISTORY 177, WINTER 2021–22

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