Strawbery Banke Boatshop to Repair Star Island Rowboat Fleet

Row Boat Repair Project Partner Photo

The Boatshop at Strawbery Banke, the Star Island Corporation and the Portsmouth High School Construction Trades Program have joined forces to restore 6 wooden rowing boats. The collaborative project is the first for the newly launched pilot program between Piper Boatworks and Strawbery Banke Museum.

The 6 wooden rowboats are part of the fleet of vessels owned by the Star Island Corporation, which owns and operates Star Island Family Conference and Retreat Center on Star Island in the Isles of Shoals. The fleet of dories are in need of a variety of repairs to the overall structure as well as refinishing work.

The Star Island fleet will be repaired at Portsmouth High School as part of the Construction Trades Program’s winter curriculum. The project will be overseen by Piper who will be working directly with Construction Trades Program Instructor Dexter Robblee and his students as they develop the project plan, complete the necessary repairs and refinish the exteriors. The boats will be returned to the Isles of Shoals and relaunched in spring 2016.