As a follow-up to our meeting report, here are details of the 100×100 fundraising campaign for Lettie G. Howard. The concept is if 100 people give $100 apiece, that’s $10,000 for the cause.
An anonymous donor will match amounts donated through SOS, up to $10,000!
The Museum says in their fundraising letter (below)…
Our beloved Essex-built fishing schooner Lettie G. Howard was hauled at Mystic Seaport Museum in January for repairs, estimated at $56,000, to her keelson in the forecastle. Unfortunately, the rot is more extensive that we had anticipated and the repairs will be more involved.
Costs for the work are difficult to forecast and won’t be certain until we’ve disassembled the affected sections of keelson, but a quote from Boothbay Harbor Shipyard comes to $233,000, including the removal and replacement of systems, machinery, bulkheads, etc.
Accordingly, we are launching a special fundraising campaign to get Lettie sailing again. A generous anonymous donor has pledged to match SOS members’ donations dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000!
In the interim, Lettie will go back into the water at Mystic and will be cared for there, kept wet and protected from elements, and she’ll come back out when we’ve raised adequate funds to begin the repairs.
It’s a big project, but we look forward to the day when Lettie G. Howard is ready again to carry students to sea.
Your gift will be entirely tax-deductible, and we will be so grateful for your help!
To make your gift online, visit www.southstreetseaportmuseum.org
Because of the matching grant, it’s important that you make a notation that you heard about the campaign from Save Our Seaport. Perhaps something like “Lettie G. Howard (via SOS)”. Thanks!