Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Volunteers needed for ship monument project

Want to be a part of history?

Volunteers are needed right away to help out with a historic project near the Washington coast to commemorate the expedition of a Russian American Company schooner dispatched from Sitka in 1808.

This vessel, the s.v. Nikolai, was becalmed then pushed ashore by heavy swell, leaving its crew of 22 stranded. Their harrowing story of capture and survival over the course of two years while awaiting rescue is one for the history books.
The memorial project, under the direction of General Bill Sperry, is being built on or near the site of the crew’s winter encampment near our city of Forks. Sperry says volunteers are needed as soon as possible to help with prep and sealing work (similar to painting). Sperry owns a lodge in Forks so is able to provide accommodations.
To volunteer, you may contact Bill or Kitty Sperry by telephone at (360) 374-4090 or by email at

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