October 24, 2017
A multi-year project for second year students at GLBBS culminated this academic year, with the launch of the Marilyn Jean.
A replica of a turn-of-the-century Truscott fantail launch, the Marilyn Jean was built by GLBBS for the Inland Water Route Historical Society (IWRHS) out of Alanson, MI. She is 30-feet long and boasts seating for twelve plus room for a two-member crew.
Work began in Cedarville in 2014 and three different cohorts of second year students toiled on her. GLBBS tested the boat over Memorial Day weekend and towed her in Cedarville’s 4th of July parade. On July 14th, the Marilyn Jean was christened and left Cedarville by water.
Four days later she was welcomed to her new home by a fireworks display and the Alanson Fire Department spraying water over the Crooked River.
“Thank you so much for doing such a beautiful job on the Marilyn Jean. Everyone loves her!,” wrote Wayne Blomberg, IWRHS Vice President in a thank you note to the school. “Our trip from Cedarville to Alanson was magical!”
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