Sail, Power & Steam Museum expresses interest in Sea Scouts Building
Rockland — The Sail, Power & Steam Museum in Rockland's South End has expressed interest in a long-term lease or a chance to buy the former Sea Scouts building at Snow Marine Park.
The City Council has authorized the city to look into leasing options for the building since more than one party has expressed interest in it. The Harbor Management Commission has recommended that leasing out the building is better for the city in the long run than selling it.
Tom Hammermeister, a member of the museum's board of directors, explained the following to the City Council Jan. 13:
"We would like to have the opportunity to utilize the Old Sea Scout Building at Snow Marine Park. The SPS Museum is now under way with the museum’s planned boating club — a part of our mission statement — and intend to use the Sea Scout building long-term as a headquarters for this activity."
He said the plan includes a classroom and depository for equipment convenient to the museum's own launching facility, which is separate from the public one.
"We have three boats in our fleet now: a Friendship sloop, a 'Herreshoff America' cat boat and an outboard skiff," he said. "In addition there is an established rowing club (Station Maine) on the property, which is engaged in a very successful year-round rowing instruction program for school age children.
"The Museum wishes to establish these grounds as the 'trail head' for the Rockland Harbor Walk and would (with donations and contributions) invest in creating a depot for information about the walk with signs, photos of the Snow Shipyard, historical information of the area and maps of the entire walk. Visitors to Rockland would be able to start or complete their tour of the town here, securing brochures of businesses and information on happenings in town and use the restroom facilities.
"Five years ago SPS granted an easement to the city for a path along the Sharp’s Point South waterfront for the connection of the Harbor Walk — that Harbor Walk easement terminates at the Sea Scouts building on the eastern end of Snow Marine Park. It is slated to be continued through the Sail Power & Steam Museum with some future planning by the Museum and the City of Rockland. We are anxious to see this happen as part of our mission and it will be to the benefit of all parties and businesses involved."
He added couple of other points:
- There are no restroom sewer connections except what is provided at SPS.
- The building is suffering from lack of maintenance — inside and out — which they will be able to provide with its crew of volunteers.
- Lawn care and landscaping would be provided as part of the ambiance and attraction for the Museum.
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Daniel Dunkle is editor of The Courier-Gazette and news director for Courier Publications. He lives in Rockland with his wife, Christine, who also works for Courier Publications, and two children.
Dunkle has previously served as editor of The Republican Journal in Belfast. He has worked as a reporter and photographer in the Midcoast for 15 years.