US museum announces next restoration project

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) will begin restoring the 1912 tug Delaware in the northern winter.

The two-year restoration will begin with lofting and start with Delaware’s keel, stern and horn timber in January.

CBMM Shipwright James DelAguila said it was a full stern-to-stern project, with work to take place in full view of the public.

Work on deck structures will follow.

Built in Bethel by William H Smith, Delaware hauled scows on Broad Creek, towed ram schooners to and from Laurel, and occasionally carried people to Sandy Hill for day trips on the Nanticoke River.

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