Apprenticeshop launches Cliffy Lobsterboat, a new build based on Metinic Island’s legacy design

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ROCKLAND — Join The Apprenticeshop’s 50th Anniversary and celebrate the launch of the Cliffy Lobsterboat on Friday, June 24 at 9am.

The lines for the Cliffy have been removed Luella B – a lobster boat commissioned in 1930 by boat builder Clifford Winchenbach of Waldoboro, Maine. HH “Dynamite” Payson had Bob Lane draw up the plans in 2002 Luella B was originally commissioned by Woodbury Snow, who named the boat after his daughter. It was used in the Snow’s lobster business on Metinic Island in the early twentieth century. Luella Snow married Ralph Post in 1938 and she and her sons lived, worked and continued to use Metinic Luella B until the boys were of school age.

The Cliffy Lobsterboat was commissioned by Lisa and John Dingle of Southport. The Dingles were introduced to the training by Pam Burke and Allan Miller, who previously owned a 24-foot lobster boat (the Heinrich and Theo) designed by Lead Instructor and Builder Kevin Carney. Apprentices Rick Kraft and Joshua Wiles began lofting in the fall of 2019 and after an approximately 5 month hiatus in 2020 due to COVID construction has resumed. Since then, a small crew of trainees including Tabitha Gish, Joanie Park, Colin Cornwall and Taylor Pierce have worked on this quintessentially Maine boat under the direction of Rick Kraft.

The Post brothers recently visited the store to see their grandfather’s lobster boat brought back to life. Lisa Dingle and the apprentices who worked on the Cliffy were thrilled to hear the stories of life off Metinic Island during the war years and beyond.

In an ApprenticeShop press release, Rick Kraft said of the gathering, “I’m honored to have the Post brothers attend the project. The stories they told about life on Metinic really brought the Cliffy to life. I felt a deep connection as I had the Post brothers, the Baumeister and Lisa all on the boat together, representing their past, present and future.”

Lisa Dingle adds: “The entire process, every step along the way, has brought together this mix of incredible people, knowledge, talent and creativity. To have the opportunity to meet the three brothers and be there as they share their stories and memories of this boat… very special.”

In addition to celebrating the reincarnation of a historic Maine ship, the June launch represents 50 years of The Apprenticeshop’s mission to inspire personal growth through craftsmanship, community and traditions of the sea.

Established in 1972 as part of the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, The Apprenticeshop has built resilience, resourcefulness and confidence in people of all ages through experiential training in traditional wooden boat building and seamanship. Cash www.apprenticeshop.org Find out more about summer sailing courses for youth and adults, boat building courses and our 50th anniversary celebration from 17th to 23rd July.

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