Talk on restoration of replica barque set for April 25

Apr 09, 2018
Courtesy of: Friends of Elizabeth II Inc. The Apprenticeshop hosts a talk on the restoration of Elizabeth II April 25.

Rockland — John England, who has worked in the boatbuilding industry for more than 40 years, will give a public lecture April 25 at 6 p.m. at the Apprenticeshop, 655 Main St.. He will share his experiences working on the restoration of the Elizabeth II, a replica of the barque used for Walter Raleigh's expedition to North Carolina in 1584.

England began his career as a boatbuilder in 1976 at Lee’s Boat Shop in Rockland. His first build was the Bruce King-designed Whitehawk. England moved between Maine, North Carolina and Virginia for several decades building boats and teaching boatbuilding. From 1996 to 2017, he worked at Rockport Marine, where he was project manager for the restoration of Bolero, the legendary Sparkman & Stephens racing yawl. He also led the construction of Godspeed, a replica of one of a three-boat flotilla that came from England to America in 1607, among other boat projects.

No  entrance fee is required, but donations will be accepted. For more information, visit or contact 594-1800 or

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