Current Restoration Projects

The work that AMP does ranges from teaching you how to service a wooden block to offering a weeks worth of learning on wooden boat maintenance and repair to the full restoration of National Historic Landmarks.

Current project details/photos

Schooner J. & E. Riggin:
AMP has currently given an unrestricted grant to the National Historic Landmark, Schooner J. & E. Riggin.  The Riggin is a wooden sailing vessel built in 1927 on the Maurice River to do the work of an oyster dredger.  She hauled oysters out of the Delaware Bay for many years before doing stints as a crabbing and ground fishing vessel.  As motorized fiberglass and steel vessels have replaced the historic wooden crafts, the boats have had to discover reincarnations.  The Riggin currently has another life carrying guests for 3, 4 and 6 day sailing adventures off the coast of Maine.  She is part of the famed Maine windjammer fleet.

Wooden vessels of this size and construction require large-scale restorative work every 30 to 40 years to remain healthy and vibrant.  In 1974 a semi-restoration was conducted on the Schooner J. & E. Riggin and it’s been 34 years since any major work was completed.  Any work done on the vessel prior to that was negligible since the time of her original launching.

She has been very well maintained given budget constraints, but is in urgent need of a large capital project to preserve her future. During the past 12 years, the current stewards of this vessel have observed an overall decline of health. One hundred years ago, the cost of building a new vessel was recouped by her owner in her first or second voyage. Today, the cost of major restorative work far exceeds any income a vessel might see. The stewardship of an historic sailing vessel is a labor of love.

The budget for this project is $1.2 million dollars.  The restoration project is currently scheduled for the winter of 2010-11.