New York’s South Street Seaport has announced that the $250,000 necessary for restoring the 19th C Schooner Lettie G. Howard has now been raised, she will head to a shipyard this summer for repairs.
The Lettie G. Howard is one of few surviving examples of the 19th century fishing schooners once in wide use in the North Atlantic. A rare beauty with classic fishing schooner lines, the ship was built in 1893 in Essex, Massachusetts, and has been designated a National Historic Landmark. After an active life in the fisheries of the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, Lettie G. Howard arrived at South Street Seaport Museum in 1968. In 1994, after an extensive two-year rebuild that restored her to her original appearance, she was certified as a Sailing School Vessel by the U.S. Coast Guard and began a new career carrying students of all ages on life-changing voyages.
Working in partnership with New York Harbor School, it is expected that the Lettie will be sailing with students again as soon as the 2014 season.