Boatbuilder’s Resume Filled With Historic Boats
June 30, 2011
A recent article on SeacoastOnline.com profiled Paul Rollins, a boatbuilder in York, Maine, who has become known for restoring and building historic boats and replicas.
Since 1979, Rollins has run Rollins Boat Shop, where his current projects include repairing a Concordia Yawl and restoring the 50-foot Patience, an 80-year-old pleasure craft once used on Sebago Lake. He’s also recently been building a gundalow — a replica working barge for the Gundalow Co. of Portsmouth, New Hampshire — at the Puddle Dock at Strawberry Banke Museum in Portsmouth. The new 64-by-18-foot gundalow is a replica of the shallow draft barges once commonly used to haul cargo on local rivers. When finished, it will operate as a sailing classroom.
Rollins has built his share of museum pieces. He built an 88-foot schooner replica of an 1862 sailing canal boat for the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Vermont. He also built a replica of the boat used by General George Washington to cross the Delaware River on Christmas Day in 1776. That boat and two others are used for re-enactments each Christmas at Washington Crossing Historic Park in Pennsylvania, Rollins said.
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