Past Boat Building Projects
Students from Penn State Educational Partnership Program (PEPP) are shown installing another plank on the hull.
The fishing industry built Erie; the Erie Boat made it all possible. This one was built entirely by kids!
Bren Lindell, Ramon Mancha, and a Millcreek Township School District student are shown fairing the Erie Boat keel. This photo was taken when the Bayfront Maritime Center boat shop was located on East Front Street, Erie.
Past Executive Director, Jim Stewart, working on The Erie Boat @ 1999
The Erie Boat project took three years and involved over 1,000 students. A half-hull model in the Smithsonian Museum was used to create the lines shown in the book, American Small Sailing Craft by Howard Chapelle. Full size molds were made from those lines by John Montague at the Buffalo Maritime Center. The Erie Boat is a reproduction of the fishing boats in use when Erie, Pennsylvania was the freshwater fishing capital of the world. Pound nets were used to haul in copious amounts of Blue Pike at the turn of the century. Master woodworker, Ramon Mancha, headed this boat building project, our most ambitious to date.
Our living, floating classroom aboard The Erie Boat. Students learn first hand what the fishing culture was on Lake Erie from 1880 to 1915.
Amy and Rich sailing the Erie Boat on Presque Isle Bay.