By Karen Dandurant
August 03. 2015 2:01AM
Flotilla raises funds for restoration
KITTERY POINT, Maine – A flotilla of about 30 boats, carrying 200 people left Kittery Point, Maine, traveling to the Wood Island Lifesaving Station and then returning, on Saturday, all part of ongoing efforts to raise funds to restore the historical site.
Sam Reid, president of the Wood Island Lifesaving Station Association, the nonprofit group leading the restoration efforts, said this is the second year for the flotilla. He said group members have already raised $700,000 toward the work and on Aug. 10, they will be at Town Council seeking permission from the town to restore both the outside and inside of the building.
“We are hoping to see a lot of people come out in support of WILSSA,” Reid said. “We want to begin in the spring by removing the hazardous material, asbestos and bird droppings. Then we will begin to repair the exterior of the building. If we get the approval from the town, our hope is to open it to the public as a maritime museum, at no cost to the town of Kittery.”
Reid said the Wood Island Lifesaving station is one of the few remaining in the country, and the only one with a still existing marine railway.