Lifesaving History Resurrected in Cohassett

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Postby Grover1 » Sun Nov 18, 2007 7:38 am

From The Boston Globe ...

LIFESAVING HISTORY RESURRECTED - The Cohasset Maritime Institute is getting back to its roots - and the town's - with a project to restore an old, wooden lifesaving boat. The 26-foot surfboat, which is "a big, fat bathtub meant to hold a lot of people, and very stable," according to project organizer Jack Buckley, came from the Hull Lifesaving Museum. A teacher at Cohasset Middle High School, Buckley helped found the maritime institute. "It's symbolic of the lifesaving that took place in this area," Buckley said of the boat. "In 1807, Cohasset had the first official lifesaving station, on a place called Pleasant Beach between Rocky and Sandy beaches. And Hull became the most famous station." Restoration will be done by high school students under the direction of professional boat builder Mike McNabb. Plans call for launching the finished product next June. The plan also is to raise about $40,000 to turn the boathouse into a year-round boat shop, teaching boatbuilding skills to kids and adults, Buckley said. - Johanna Seltz
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