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Fire destroys artifacts at Deltaville Museum

A fire at the Deltaville Maritime Museum last Wednesday destroyed the museum and a number of its collections as well as the outdoor exhibit pavilion and all of the vessels housed there.


Museum spokesperson Vera England said the only thing left of the pavilion were the iron pins that held together the early-1900s three-log bottom sailing canoe W.A. Johns, which was destroyed. Also destroyed were a Middlesex County sora skiff, a dug-out canoe, and eight small skiffs being built by families during Family Boat Building Week. The skiffs would have been completed and launched by the end of the week.


Of the more than two dozen models housed in the museum, fewer than six survived, she said, and those had structural and water damage. Items such as T-shirts and other memorabilia that had recently been purchased to sell as fundraisers for the museum were all destroyed except for a few T-shirts that a volunteer was going to try to wash.


Extraordinarily, said Engl...

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