Lady Sylvina Beal arrives at new Essex home…

Lady Sylvina Beal arrives at new Essex home…
The schooner “Sylvina W. Beal” launched in 1911 at the Frank C. Adams boatyard in East Boothbay, Maine, appears to be the oldest former fishing vessel in Gloucester harbor, eclipsing the 93-year-old gillnetter, Phyllis A, which is being restored at Gloucester Marine Railways on Rocky Neck.
 Harold Burnham, who is doing the restoration of the classic schooner at his Essex boatyard, says, “We figure it’s going to be a couple of years before we even start the restoration, but we’ll be doing a lot of prep work in the meantime,”. “We also are looking to get a National Historic Landmark designation, which is incredibly important.”
Burnham expects the project to unfold much like the volunteer-laden effort that produced the Ardelle.
“We think it’s going to be very much a community effort,” he said.
quoted from —Sean Horgan at The Daily News, Newburyport.
For more on this story…shorgan@gloucestertimes.com.
Photos by Len Burgess

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