Benson "Mr. Benny" DuVall built thirteen boats from 24' to 32' feet in Rock Hall in the 1970's. They were constructed of wood for fishing charter party and pleasure use.
Mr. Benny was not only a fisherman, boat designer and builder. He was a member of Kent County Board of Education from 1963 to 1980, serving as President of Board for ten years, a founding member of the Board of Trustees for Chesapeake College for seven years, Kent County Board of Recreation & Parks for five years. Mr. Benny also served ten years on the Rock Hall Town Council, as a member of the Planning Commission for six years and a member of the Board of Zoning Appeals for six years. He was a member and past master of the Mason’s Chester Lodge A.F. & A.M. #115 and a member of Rock Hall United Methodist Church.
In 1975 he finally took the time to build himself a 31' boat that he named Orca and would use for fishing and taking family members and friends out on the Bay. Mr. Benny later sold Orca. Her name would be changed to June Bug and she would leave Rock Hall.
Three years ago, a board member of Rock Hall Marine Restoration & Heritage Center saw June Bug in Lewes, DE, immediately recognizing her as a Benson DuVall boat. The owner was tracked down and discussions began on how to bring her back to her homeport of Rock Hall. This fourth owner had found June Bug in a barn in Chesapeake City and revived her.
Rock Hall Marine Restoration & Heritage Center was gifted June Bug in December of 2015. It was discovered that this was Mr. Benny's boat Orca when the abstract of title was retrieved for the United States Coast Guard.
We are looking for sponsors, donors and volunteer workers to help with her continuing restoration, care and to ensure that she will never leave Rock Hall again.
If you would like to help with June Bug, please email : firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-725-0443.
Donations may be mailed to Rock Hall Marine Restoration & Heritage Center, PO Box 12, Rock Hall MD 21661.