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Construction Continues on New Maryland Dove

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SAINT MICHAELS, Md.- Construction continues for the new Maryland Dove vessel in Saint Michaels. The $5 million dollar project was announced in late 2018. 
 
Experts and boat enthusiasts gathered this weekend at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum to discuss the project that aims to bring back to life a piece of Maryland's history.  
 
"As a tangible reminder, a living classroom is an exciting place" says Will Gates, master of the current Maryland Dove
 
Construction for the new vessel started four months ago and it's scheduled to continue through 2021. 
 
Lead shipwright Joe Connor says one of the biggest challenges so far has been finding the right wood for the ship 
 
"We've got wood from all over the place, South Georgia, Washington state, some locally some from South America, so we've scatter around to find the right materials," says Connor. 
 
A team of 10 experts at the museum are working on the project. The biggest project for the museum so far, according to Connor. 
 
"Right now we have a lot of pieces already made in different places in campus so, we're really excited. Mid-October we're gonna lift the backbone structure up and we're gonna put the first frame so it's like boom it really starts looking like a ship at this point,"  adds Connor. 
 
The museum also offers a 360 experience for those interested in learning more about the current Dove and its crew. 
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