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Homecoming celebration Saturday for The Freya

A homecoming celebration will be held for The Freya, a steel-hulled sailboat built on Gwynn’s Island by the late Gilbert Klingel, at 2 p.m. Saturday at the old Gwynn’s Island Boat Yard, adjacent to the Mathews Maritime Foundation’s boat shop on Ferry Road, Gwynn’s Island. The public is invited.

There will be photos, memorabilia and information about Klingel’s life and accomplishments on display. There will also be refreshments.

Currently docked at Cobbs Creek, The Freya will sail to Gwynn’s Island just as the celebration begins. She will be preceded by The Peggy, a buyboat that’s considered by many to be the Mathews flagship. Boat owners are welcome to join the small boat parade in Hill’s Bay at around 1 p.m. and help escort The Freya home.

Captain John Bonner of Mathews, Rob Bonner and Donnie Pressley, both of St. Augustine, Florida, spent 11 days sailing The Freya from St. Augustine to Gwynn’s Island. Captain Benji Whitcomb of ...

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