Historic renovation by Maine boatbuilders transformed New Jersey’s official tall ship

Dee Yonker

BELFAST, Maine — The AJ Meerwald, the formal tall ship of the point out of New Jersey, is restored, rejuvenated and just about all set to return property following a 10-month historic restoration by professional boatbuilders in Belfast.

“It feels good to get the Meerwald and make her actually seem brand-new,” Garett Eisele, co-operator of Clark & Eisele Traditional Boatbuilding of Lincolnville, claimed Tuesday. “We are actually fired up to see the boat in the water. We are definitely delighted with how it turned out.”

Maine is one of the few places the place a job like this can occur — “on time and on finances,” he stated — simply because there are sufficient skilled craftspeople all around who know how to return historic vessels like the 94-calendar year-old oyster dredging schooner to their previous glory.

“In the midst of a pandemic winter, we employed up a crew. We did not have a solitary slacker on our crew. People were being amazing, and there was no person who was not really, very skilled,” Eisele explained. “And everyone was really community.”

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