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12 FRIDAY, MARCH 27- MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2015 NEWS Cape Gazette Overfalls Continued from page 4 during World War II. At that time, there was a big push to mass produce Monomoy boats so they could be used as lifeboats on Liberty ships, which were tasked with transporting war materials to Europe, but were often in- tercepted and sunk by German U-boats. "The whole idea was to save the crew," Bemheisel said. "Then they could put them on another ship later." After the war, the demand for Monomoy boats diminished. Some were used as lifeboats on Coast Guard cutters. It is be- lieved the Overfalls' Monomoy was used in that capacity for about a decade before being sent to the Merchant Marine Acad- emy to be used for training. The group had its work cut out for it from the beginning, facing many challenges over the years, specifically curving wood to build new ribs. To bend the wood, the group had to build a steam box, steam straight pieces of wood for sev- eral hours and then use blocks on a table to slowly bend the wood into place. Once set, they would be clamped down for the night. The group had to produce about 50 new ribs for the boat. SUBMITTED PHOTO Overfalls volunteers have worked hard to restore the life boat, and they expect it to be ready for its maiden voyage in 2015. "If you were unfortunate, you would bend it into shape and it would break," Bernheisel said. "When that happens, you throw it away and start again. We broke a lot." Bernheisel estimates about 60 percent of the boat is still made of original material. What could be reused was put back into the boat, but the pieces that were too deteriorated had to be re-created. To fund the project, the Over- falls secured grants from the Longwood Foundation, the Wel- fare Foundation and the Lewes Yacht Club. Twelve custom oars from Or- egon were also sold for $450 apiece as a fundmiser. Goods and services were donated by Schell Brothers, Wy- oming Millwork, West Marine, Lowes and Cliff Diver. Donors will be honored with bricks on the grounds of the Monomoy shed. i Letters for Custom Necklaces & Bracelets... at ONLY $6 each, this is the perfect way to say I "I Love You" to your special someone! Whether it is a single initial or an "I LOVE YOU" these Sterling Silver letters are ALWAYS the PERFECT GIFT! "If you like what you see...we'l| ship it for FREE!" ($30 rain. order)...Call 302-227d707 NEVER PAY "SALES TAX! You'll "shore" ,look good. :. and "shore" SAVE BIG! ShoreSilver.com 149 Rehoboth Avenue Village by the Sea Rehoboth Beach, DE.19971 (302)227-1707 cut to keep ill pocket tn purse GRAB YOUR BONNETS AND HOP ON OVER LEWES CANALFRONT PARK FOR AN CPRIL 4Tfl . IO:30AM-NOON (HUNT START SUBMITTED PHOTO The storage area on the Lightship Overfalls property adjacent to Canalfront Park is ready and waiting for the Monomoy boat. n In with our pull-out shelves. Kitchens Closets Pantries Custom made for your existing cabinets. Call us for a organizationinnovations.com Reserve Online: ... 5 per cNla or . r ., for a faro;I,/ I or more -r children