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The journey home

The Freya, a steel-hulled sloop built by the late Gwynn’s Island explorer, boatbuilder, inventor, naturalist, researcher and author Gilbert Klingel, will be coming home to Mathews in the spring, and filmmaker Dave Miller of Aylett plans to include her journey back in a film he’s making titled “Gilbert Klingel: Man of Steel.”

Miller, whose film projects about the Chesapeake Bay including “Journey on the Chesapeake” and “Oyster Boats and Men,” have been well-received, said his new film will be a two-hour documentary taking a wide view of Klingel’s life and many accomplishments.

Born in Baltimore in 1908, Klingel was a self-educated Renaissance man whose accomplishments earned him an international reputation. He died on Gwynn’s Island in 1983.

Miller said he will use a drone to film Freya’s journey home, while a computer class at Mathews High School is helping to develop a Facebook page that will use GPS tracking to foll...

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