January 3rd Friday Speaker: Saving Stormvogel

Each month CWB finds a speaker of wit and experience to talk about his or her special knowledge. It is also an opportunity for CWB members to meet one another and the staff. The program runs from 7pm to 9pm, with opportunities to ask questions. January’s 3rd Friday lecture will be held on January 15th.

Under the auspices of CWB’s Ed Monk Scholarship, Tacoma boatbuilder Bruce Halabisky traveled to the island of Bonaire in the Dutch Caribbean to document the last remaining working sailboat of the Bonaire fleet.

Just 50 years ago Bonaire was known throughout the Caribbean as a source of fast, seaworthy wooden sailboats used to trade among the islands of the Caribbean. Today nearly all those boats are gone, including any half-models or lines drawings of the vessels. The lone survivor is Stormvogel, a 43’ cutter that is being restored by a group of volunteers. Halabisky worked with the volunteers to document the original vessel before restoration work began.

Bonaire is a well-known mecca for shore-based SCUBA divers, renowned today for its clear waters and variety of marine life. Halabisky will recount what is known of Bonaire’s maritime history and describe his efforts to document Stormvogel. The plans that resulted from his efforts will be available for inspection.

The event is free (donations are welcome) and light refreshments will be available.

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