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Nation's First Accessible Tall Ship Launched
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
August 8, 2003

ADDISON, MAINE--A crowd of about 200 was on hand Monday to watch the launching of the RawFaith, touted as the only tall ship in the United States that is accessible to wheelchairs.

George McKay and his oldest son, Aaron McKay, designed the ship four years ago. Their inspiration came from George's 23-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, who has used a wheelchair for the last 14 years.

The 88-foot ship is designed in the style of a 14th to 16th century English Galleon. The 80-ton vessel will be powered by wind once the masts and sails are in place. At this point only the hull is completed.

When the ship is sea-worthy, the McKays plan to head up voyages with a full-time professional crew and captain. Through their non-profit organization, Accessible Sailing Adventures, the McKay family will host sailing experiences for children with disabilities and their families.

Related resource with photo-album of Monday's launch:
Accessible Sailing Adventures


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