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‘Pirate ship’ being built in Deltaville

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Jock Collamore (left), president of the Colonial Seaport Foundation Inc., and education director Roger Collins (right) set a timber on the “Luna,” a boatbuilding project which, when completed, will be used as a platform to teach 17th and 18th century Chesapeake Bay maritime history. The boat is being built near the Collamore home in Deltaville. (Photo by Larry Chowning)

by Larry Chowning

Colonial Virginia’s maritime history is being brought to life by the Colonial Seaport Foundation Inc. in Deltaville. The organization is presently rebuilding and modifying a 47-foot ketch (two-masted sailboat) into a replica of a 1768 Virginia sloop.

The original name of the vessel was “Luna” and part of the deal in purchasing the boat was that the foundation had to keep that name. “That worked out well for us,” said Collamore. “Luna is latin for Dianna, which means Goddess of the Hunt, which is not a bad name for a pirate ship.”

Luna is expected to be completed and under sail by 2015. It will be used mostly during reenactments held in communities that have waterfront access.

The vessel will be home-based in the lower Chesapeake Bay. “What we are looking for are communities that have good waterfront, such as Urbanna, and where we can stay for a week or two to accommodate our education programs and then move on to the next port.”

Anyone interested in providing assistance on the Luna project can contact Collamore at Colonial Seaport Foundation, P.O. Box 204, Deltaville, VA 23043; or by phone at 804-381-8558.

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posted 07.30.2014

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