Sea Scout Ship 228 was recently donated a 22-foot, 28 person motor lifeboat from the Liberty Ship SS. John Brown, in need of restoration. We are raising funds to complete the restoration which includes an engine, dri...
LAST CHANCE TO DONATE! This is the last day of our campaign and we are quickly approaching the finish line. We still need $700 to purchase the lifeboat motor. Please help us get there!
Sea Scout Ship 228 was recently donated a 22-foot, 28 person motor lifeboat in need of restoration. The boat was previously installed aboard the historic World War II Liberty ship the S.S. John Brown, which is berthed in Baltimore, Md. The boat served as the ship’s lifeboat#1 for several years before it was replaced with a new boat. The boat now offers a unique opportunity for restoration and a training resource for the Sea Scouts. The boat has installed rowing positions that make it a useful platform for team rowing exercises; this is both an elective for advancement and a useful team building exercise for the Scouts. Being equipped with a motor it is also an outstanding platform for teaching boat-handling skills.
Sea Scout Ship 228 is dedicating this boat to our late Commodore Thomas J. Handley, who passed away in March of this year. Tom was a plank-owner of Sea Scout Ship 228 and worked tirelessly his whole life for Sea Scouting. We feel that it is a fitting tribute to his memory that the new vessel, which will serve to train many more youth for years to come, bear his name. Sea Scout Ship 228 would like to raise the funds for restoration of this boat, which was officially christened on June 24, 2017 at an event in commemoration of what would have been his 90 birthday.
Sea Scout Ship 228 has already begun restoration on the boat, however a new engine and drive train are needed before it can be launched. The engine, drive train, and associated gear for outfitting the boat to as close to it’s original configuration are available thorough a local distributor at a total cost of $4,000. Additional funds will also be needed for other equipment to outfit the boat.
Sea Scout Ship 228 is very excited about the potential this boat will give to our program for youth training. It’s connection to the S.S. John Brown will also let it stand as a reminder of the sacrifices of the Merchant Seaman of World War II who fought the battle of the North Atlantic and often found themselves adrift at sea in boats very similar to this one. Moreover, it will be a tribute to Commodore Thomas J. Handley and a constant reminder of all that he did for our Scouts. We ask for your help in this effort and appreciate any support you can give.
Sea Scout Ship 228 is supported by Sea Dart II Inc, a non-profit 501c3 organization; all donations are tax deductible.
We have 5 days of our campaign left, folks! This is the home stretch. We're just $960 short of the funds we need to purchase the engine for the lifeboat. Please help us by sharing our campaign and donating any small amount you can.
We’re into the last week of our campaign, folks, and we still need to raise at least another $1,300 to purchase the engine for the lifeboat. Please help us make this campaign a success by liking, sharing, and donating to our campaign.
We received a couple great donations yesterday and are well on our way to our goal. We are also exploring a few potential possibilities for re-powering the lifeboat too. Please continue to like & share our page and donate if you can. Thank you again!
It's Giving Tuesday, folks, and we ask that you please consider contributing to our cause today. We're only $550 away from reaching 25% of our goal; it would be fantastic to hit that goal on our first week on-line! Please help us restore this lifeboat as a training platform for our youth by giving any amount, small or large, on this Giving Tuesday. Thank you for your support!
Started prepping the lifeboat for winter and the winter work over the next couple of months. One of the items we need to accomplish is welding on bolt-on zincs, as the boat will be spending a fair amount of time in salt water. We're also going to weld on a solid bow eye to make it easier to get the boat on and off of the trailer. Fortunately, we have a nice, roomy shop in Hackettstown that is going to let us use their space so we won''t have to work in the cold. Please continue to like/share our campaign and help us get the remaining funding we need for the engine and running gear. Remember, giving Tuesday is just two days away!
It's almost 24 hours since we started our campaign and we already have some generous donors! If we can raise just $200 more today we will have met 10% of our goal in the first full day on-line. Every little bit helps; please contribute. Let's all pull together to the finish line!
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