|SAVE THE BETSY L!
Betsy L is the last surviving work-boat built on Swan's Island. Built in 1979 by Charles Joslin, she was used for lobstering by her late owner, Burton Wheaton. She stands as the last survivor of a century and a half of masterful boat-building which made Swan's Island famous in the late 1800s.
Now his sons, Jimmy and Stevie Wheaton, have offered her to the Museum as a permanent exhibit. Besides moving her to her new home at the Museum, providing cover and protection from winter storms is another expense that must be considered. Much restoration and preservation work must be done and eventually, a platform or boardwalk will be constructed so that visitors can also see the boat's interior.
While Betsy L may never sail the waters around Swan's Island again, she will sit proudly above Mackerel Cove as a memorial to the many wonderful schooners and boats who were born here.