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October 05. 2013 3:43AM

Whaleboat replica set for launch

AMESBURY, Mass. - Lowell's Boat Shop will launch its recently completed replica whaleboat Sunday as part of a ceremony to celebrate the end of the long-running project.

The 28-foot 19th-century replica whaleboat will be launched from the shop's dock into the Merrimack River about 1 p.m., and then the boat builders and apprentices will row it up the river toward Alliance Park and back again.

Once the boat returns, it will be placed on display in the boat shop for educational purposes until the spring, when it is slated to sail down to Mystic, Conn., and accompany the Charles W. Morgan, the world's last extant whaling ship, on its first voyage in nearly 100 years.

The whaleboat is the largest boat that has been built at the shop in a century.

Work on the whaleboat began early last year, when Lowell's Boat Shop first announced its goal to raise $100,000 for the project. Construction began in the fall of 2012.


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