In honor of our David Wright's 75th birthday, we are inviting you to help us support a cause dear to his heart -- . For those of you who are unfamiliar with the man and his work, Dave is an accomplished environmentalist, political activist, bluegrass musician, farmer, mechanical engineer, sailor and architectural and industrial historic preservationist. In the latter category, his professional credits include:
· an exhibit that demonstrates “200 years of American history as seen from the doorstep of one house that stood from Colonial days through the mid-1960’s in Ipswich, Massachusetts” featured at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, DC (http://americanhistory.si.edu/exhibitions/within-these-walls), and
· ) a restoration of the original line shaft and water-powered looms in the weave room at Lowell National Historical Park in Lowell, MA (https://www.nps.gov/lowe/index.htm).
About the Albury shipwright legacy: Man-O-War Cay is a small island located in the sea of Abaco, protected by an extensive coral reef. In 1820, a ship from Harbour Island wrecked on the Abaco reef, stranding crew member and sailor, 16 year old Benjamin Albury, who fell in love with local resident Eleanor Archer (from a local family of Carolina Loyalists who fled the US after the Revolutionary War). The couple settled on Man-O-War. Throughout the 1900’s he and his decedents built a long list of historically important wooden vessels, providing economic stability and meaningful work for the island inhabitants. As demand for wooden boats began to decline toward the end of the century, many of the Albury vessels were sold or lost (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man-O-War_Cay).
· : Dave remains as vibrant and capable as ever. He has restored several Albury sailing dinghies and recovered two of the important larger boats, sailing vessels Tribute and William H. Albury. Unlike many (but not all) of Dave’s previous initiatives, this one does not have a government sponsor. Instead he has painstakingly raised capital for this endeavor from friends, family and concerned citizens who want to see the Man-O-War legacy preserved and harnessed as an ongoing economic engine to support island tourism and help perpetuate global interest in the island’s extraordinary shipbuilding capability.
Please consider joining us in making tax deductible ABR donation to help fund completion of the William H. Albury restoration project.
Boat experiences available to donors who contribute over $1000. Give your family an old-world fieldtrip they wont forget. Contact us for more information.
If donating from family foundation or otherwise to send checks directly, please use the following address:
Abaco Boat Restoration, Inc.
PO Box 512
Barre, MA 01005
Sarah, Becky and Luke Wright