Islesford Boatworks to Lease Blue Duck Building
March 22, 2018
Mount Desert Islander reports that the nonprofit Islesford Boatworks will lease the historic Blue Duck building on the Islesford [Maine] waterfront from the National Park Service and use it for wooden boatbuilding programs during summer.
Built around 1850 as a ships’ store, the Blue Duck is on the National Register of Historic Places. It has been part of Acadia since 1948, but has been used primarily for storage. Islesford is located on Little Cranberry Island.
About Islesford Boatworks
Islesford Boatworks was founded in 2006 to support the local waterfront and share a passion for woodworking and boats with children living in the Mount Desert region. By teaching kids to build traditional wooden boats, IB accomplishes its mission of “building opportunity, community, and a future for Maine’s working waterfront.”
IB teaches the wooden boatbuilding to an average of 60 children each summer, in a 6 to 8 week summer program. Over 500 individual students have attended over the past 11 years, many attending year after year.
In recent years, Islesford Boatworks has expanded to meet the needs of the community by adding an advanced woodworking program for teens, an evening adult program and, most recently, a Summer Camp Collaboration Program in which local camps can attend a hands-on day of boatbuilding.