Scratch Ashley and Doug Heisler of Rock Hall Marine Restoration & Heritage Center (RHMR) are working with students from the wood working class at Kent County High School to construct a 15' Rock Hall Row Boat. Under the direction of Scratch and Doug, the students will build the boat and auction it off. The proceeds from this boat will be used to construct future row boats for auction by the students.
The 15' Rock Hall Row Boat plans were designed by Scratch Ashley. Scratch, Doug and other volunteers constructed hull #1 at RHMR over the winter. Hull #1 was brought in for the students to examine and measure this week in preparation for their build.
Shop Teacher Guy Jones said that materials and financing to construct the first boat were donated by Kent County Waterman's Association, Chestertown Lumber Company, Workin Progress Church and fundraising. Kent County High School's first boat will be finished in time for an auction held in Rock Hall in April. Details of the event and auction will be published at a later date.
Students participating in the boat building project are Carolos Carranza, Patrick Curran, Matthew Hartman, Kevin Isadorski, Kenny Jones, Nolan Lindsay, Jarrod Roderick and Jaden Wilson.
The students say that they love constructing things and hope to hone and expand their building skills by boat building. Their other projects have included building podiums, sheds, porches and rocking horses.
Rock Hall Marine Restoration & Heritage Center is pleased to be a part of this new program and to promote wood working and boat building in our schools and Kent County.