Project unites N.C.boatbuilders

BEAUFORT — Third generation boatbuilder Jamie Chadwick pointed to a photo lying on the desk in front of him. The photo, taken Dec. 15, showed 10 older men standing in front of a huge, wooden shrimp trawler frame.

“To me, that’s what this is about,” he said. “They paved the way.”

Those men — most at or approaching their 80s — share one thing in common: A lifetime spent designing and handcrafting wooden boats — humble, working vessels that helped watermen bring the oceans bounty to these shores. Those 10 men represent the last of the old guard; the final few traditional Down East wooden boatbuilders.

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