Blog : Gundalow Company hosts Flotilla to Benefit the Wood Island Life Saving Station Restoration Effort

By Anne | Jul 16, 2015 | in
Saturday, August 1st, from 4 to 5 p.m. the Gundalow Company is hosting a Flotilla to support and raise awareness for the Wood Island Life Saving Station restoration effort. 
“Flotilla” is a word of Spanish origin that refers to a fleet of ships; typically made up of marine vessels. In this case it refers to a marine parade lead by the Gundalow Company’s Piscataqua from Fort McClary State Park at Kittery Point to the Wood Island Life Saving Station. Participation is free, open to the public, and all varieties of marine vessels are encouraged to join. 
The Wood Island Life Saving Station is rich with national history. Between 1848 and 1915, the U.S. Life Saving Service was a humanitarian organization that acted as a first responder to shipwrecked passengers and mariners. In 1908, the Wood Island Life Saving Station was built as one of the facilities to meet this safety need. During WW2, the station was repurposed by the government as a unit of the coastal defense system. In 1973, the building was given back to the town of Kittery and remained largely untouched until 2011 when the Wood Island Life Saving Station Association was formed in order to restore the dilapidated relic. 
The ultimate goal in restoring the building is that it becomes a functional maritime museum making it a valuable education tool and seacoast attraction. According to an article in the Portsmouth Herald, as of early July, the WILSSA has raised enough funds, through a combination of public and private grants, to restore the exterior of the building. However, the funds to renovate the interior still need to be raised. 
The Gundalow Company is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and protecting the maritime heritage and environment of the Seacoast. It’s no wonder they are hosting the flotilla and leading the parade with their own gundalow Piscataqua to support this great cause.
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