Seventy years later, the boat he designed is finally getting built. You can help build it.

As a hobby Henry Wischmeyer (1872- 1959)  drew  plans for small boats of his own design. Today, his boat designs and models are part of the Bay Village Historical Society collection.

While going through the Wischmeyer collection,  CABBS Executive Director, Ed Neal discovered  plans for a 10ft pram drawn in 1953 that could answer the need for a small  boat to regularly clear floating debris from a narrow channel at North Coast Harbor, the area behind the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame.

The Cleveland Amateur Boatbuilders won a John Gardner Fund grant from the Traditional Small Craft Association to build the Wischmeyer pram which will help simplify the  harbor channel  clean-up.

Paul Herrgesell tows a mock-up Wischmeyer pram  through the trapped debris field in  North Coast Harbor.  The test proved the boat could make the right angle turn in the channel.

Visitors can come and help build the boat.  The first open session will be Sunday, April 30, 1:30 – 4:30 PM.  The open sessions will continue for each of the four Sundays in May,  1:30 – 4:30 PM.

Location:  Cleveland Amateur Boatbuilders
3535 Perkins Ave. (corner E36th, one block north of Chester Ave.)
Cleveland, OH  44114

Interested?  Want to help out or just stay in touch?  Contact Ed Neal at for more information.



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