Sail, Power and Steam Museum plans spring launch

Jan 03, 2013

Rockland — In the spring the Sail, Power and Steam Museum will launch the longest “being built” Friendship Sloop in the world.

She was started in 1966 by Carlton Simmons, a famous boat builder from that little lobster fishing town of Friendship that named the now famous fleet of sloops. He never finished it and the vessel was put up in this barn or that garage for 40 years. It was donated to the museum by John Lichtman. With the help of a group of volunteers and Project Manager Dennis Gallant, the museum will finally finish the boat and launch it this spring. The museum will then have the sweetest little sloop rightly named Persistence fishing for lobster under sail and taking guests.

Sharp’s Point South and the Sail, Power and Steam Museum are at 75 Mechanic St. in Rockland. For more information on the Sail, Power and Steam Museum and its programs, 701-7627 or 596-0200, or visit the website at

Comments (1)
Posted by: Bridget & Richard Qualey/Stetson | Jan 03, 2013 19:04

Wow.  What a heart warming story.  Such a perfect place at Sail, Power and Steam Museum for Mr. Simmon's long unfinished Friendship Sloop. Bravo to Project Manager Dennis Gallant and his crew for the initiative to finish her. Captn' Jim and Meg Sharp deserve deep gratitude for their vision and tireless work at bringing this museum to life.  What a service to our communities and fans of all things maritime.

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