The Museum’s Wooden Boat Crew restored the historic draketail workboat, Peg Wallace, after countless Saturday mornings amounting to 1,000 hours of volunteer time and talent. The boat, named after the Museum’s late co-founder and chairman emeritus, was built on Hooper’s Island in1925. She was originally restored between 1993 and 2001 by Reid Bandy , who donated the boat to the Museum in 2002. She represented the Museum at numerous waterfront festivals and events until 2006, when she was found to have significant rot in the keel.
She sat unattended while scarce resources were focused on the renovation of the Museum’s main facility, the McNasby Oyster Co. building. In the early spring of 2010, Peter Sawyer assembled a crew of volunteers including Ralph Kenat, Ed Callahan, Mark Stanley, Dick Barnard, Bob Mumper and Bob Cowan. Together, they lovingly restored the boat — not to go back in the water again, but to serve as a permanent land-based exhibit. The restoration was funded by a generous grant from the Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society and donations from Museum members, the Brass Artcrafts Company of Annapolis, and Jeremy Wilson-Barnard of A&M Screen Printing in Wilmington, NC.