Kitsap Maritime Heritage Foundation

 
 

Join us for The Fiddlers Dream Whiskey Plank Celebration

Kitsap Maritime Heritage Foundation (501C3)

 

FD Sailing Starboard
9756 Ogle Rd NE
Bremerton WA 98311
Date: May 25, 2017
For media inquiries please call 360-633-7421 or email kitsapmaritime@gmail.com
Press Release: For Immediate Release
Kitsap Maritime Heritage Foundation
“The Last Plank Celebration – Whiskey Plank”
On June 10th, 2017 – Kitsap Maritime invites the public to attend the Last Plank Celebration also known
as the “Whiskey Plank”.
Where: Port of Brownsville, 9790 Ogle Rd, Bremerton WA, at the Light House
Time: 4pm to 6pm
At approximately 4 pm the Shipwrights and Crew will install the final plank on the deck of the Schooner
Fiddlers Dream. This is a significant milestone in the restoration of the Schooner. Replacing the deck is
considered a work of Artisan Craftsmanship of the Shipwrights Scott Kimmitt, Daniel Hawkins and the
Volunteer Crew. Upon completion of the deck replacement, the crew will begin re-installing ships
systems for the operation of the vessel. The new masts donated by Olympic Resources of Poulsbo have
been awaiting the completion of the deck. This celebration moves the schooner one step closer to
providing educational programs, culture, history and sailing programs aboard.
Please join us at the Port of Brownsville for this Milestone Event.
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You can help students have a nautical experience while learning history, culture and science in a fun
and exciting way aboard the Schooner Fiddlers Dream.
You can be a part of Maritime History. The Schooner is Kitsap’s floating classroom for education,
culture, history and provides a hands on nautical experience. The Schooner will be the classroom for a
dockside education program for 3rd thru 5th grade students at schools public, private or home schooled in
Puget Sound. The education program consists of maritime history, STEM, navigation-charts and marine
biology. Once the restoration/refit is completed, the Schooner will travel to Puget Sound ports to
provide the education program to students.
Kitsap Maritime is offering Deck Plank Pieces aboard the Schooner Fiddlers Dream. Like bricks in a walk
way, you can support the restoration and help students learn on the schooner, by purchasing a deck
plank piece. You will receive a “Declaration of Conveyance” certificate and a “Deck Layout” to locate
your piece of planking. Deck Plank Pieces can be purchased (Donation) on our web site at
www.kitsapmaritime.org/getplank/
The Schooner – Fiddlers Dream, was built in 2002 from a 1930’s design of John Alden. She is 48.7 feet on
deck with a spared length of 66 feet. She is 14 feet wide, 5.7 feet deep and the masts are 58 feet high.
The steel hull carries wooden decks and spars. The Schooner was donated to Kitsap Maritime in Jan of
2014 to replace our loaned vessel that returned to its owner in Seattle. Since then, trees for new masts
were harvested on the Kitsap Peninsula donated by Olympic Resource Management of Poulsbo, WA.
The trees have been shaped and installation is waiting the completion of the deck replacement project.
Hull work was completed in late 2014 through 2015 and the Schooner is at her home base, the Port of
Brownsville. Currently the Schooner Fiddlers Dream has a cover over the vessel to allow for the deck
replacement in a controlled environment. New Purple Heart deck beams and a marine plywood sub
deck have been installed for preparation of the final layer of deck planking. The deck planking is made
of Apitong and is being crafted and installed at this time.
Kitsap Maritime is a WA State Non Profit, IRS 501 C 3 public charity. We are also seeking volunteers
interested in learning to operate the Schooner as ship’s crew, Docents for the education program or
being involved in the deck replacement, wood crafting and general maintenance of the Schooner. Kitsap
Maritime has teamed up with Pathways to Success to provide young people in the area valuable
workplace experience.
All donations to Kitsap Maritime will be matched by a $24,000.00 matching gift that Kitsap Maritime has
received. The matching grant does not expire until the total of $24,000.00 has been matched. You can
donate directly to Kitsap Maritime via the web site by purchasing a deck plank piece or mailing your
donation to our address of 9756 Ogle Rd NE, Bremerton WA 98311.
For more information about Kitsap Maritime, please contact us at 360-633-7421 or email
kitsapmaritime@gmail.com, our website is www.kitsapmaritime.org, and Facebook is Kitsap Maritime
Heritage Foundation. You can see our videos of the restoration efforts and pictures of our crew hard at
work.
Nav-Chart learning station Marine Biology station –
underwater camera live feed