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Mathews Maritime Foundation

Working to preserve, present, and participate in the rich maritime and cultural heritage of Mathews, Virginia.


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1985 Cape Dory, Typhoon
1973 Irwin 32, good sails
1962 Glasspar Citation 16'

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GILBERT KLINGEL: MAN OF STEEL Film Documentary Update

The story of Gilbert Klingel is widening most every day. We now have obtained film clips and photos of Gilbert’s successful trip to the bottom of the Chesapeake Bay in a submersible of his own design, called the Aquascope. It allowed him and a photographer to observe the aquatic environment for 100 hours. National Geographic was on the site and documented the achievement of being the first to film the depths of the Chesapeake in color film. An article celebrated the event in their magazine in the May 1955 issue and they have been very helpful in providing copies of the prints and film to our project. One sequence showed a rather large fish devouring a much smaller fish which immediately caused the large fish to flash iridescent blue along its entire body. Incredible! Gilbert’s great love was observing and documenting the natural world that surrounded him. These are the things that will make the documentary a thoughtful and inquisitive production.

WE ARE STILL SHORT OF OUR BUDGET TO PRODUCE THE DOCUMENTARY AND IF YOU CAN DONATE YOUR HELP COULD ENABLE US TO GET THE FILM TO “PBS” AND ON DVD IN THE SPRING. THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST AND HELP.

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Restoring Freya

Stop in to see the Freya at the Gwynn's Island Boat Shop. You can jump in to this restoration project with us!

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2340+ Local Artifacts

We're Growing - And so is our collection of artifacts. When you support the Mathews Maritime Foundation and Museum, you're helping fund educational programs, restore historic boats, and preserve the maritime history of our county.

Tax deductible donations can be made through giverichmond.org or by cash, check, or PayPal.

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Mathews Maritime Foundation
PO Box 1201
Mathews, VA 23109


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The yellow submarine, donated by the late Morgan Wells, has been relocated to her new home at the Gwynn's Island Boat Shop.

If you would like to make a donation in honor of Morgan Wells, please click the button below. yellow submarine