Apprenticeshop plans launch party for new boat July 20

Jul 05, 2018

Rockland — The Apprenticeshop will launch its latest large boat, Mishi Mikinaak, a 26-foot gaff-rigged ketch, Friday, July 20. Festivities will begin at 5 p.m. with food and drink. At 6 p.m., we’ll launch from the ramp on our waterfront at 655 Main St..

Mishi Mikinaak is a Mackinaw design historically used for travel, fishing and cargo hauling on the Great Lakes. The Apprenticeshop chose the Mackinaw to become its newest expedition, sail training and seamanship vessel because of the unique qualities of this design.

It has a shallow draft, yet is seaworthy; it can move in light air and has speed; while modest in size, it can sleep six for overnight expeditions. She was built by apprentices as part of their two-year program in traditional wooden boatbuilding.

One week after her launch, Mishi Mikinaak will be put to the test in the Camden Classics Cup Regatta, sponsored by Lyman Morse, and again at the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta in August. Her name, "Mishi Mikinaak," means “Big Turtle” in Ojibwe and was one of the original names given to Mackinac Island in Lake Huron, where the Mackinaw design originated, because of the island’s turtle-like shape.

For more information, contact Bella Feracci, director@apprenticeshop.org.

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