GILBERT KLINGEL was a man of his times.
Born in Baltimore in 1908, Klingel was a self-educated Renaissance man whose accomplishments earned him an international reputation.
The Freya, a steel-hulled sloop built by the Gwynn’s Island explorer, boatbuilder, inventor, naturalist, researcher, and author Gilbert Klingel, will be coming home to Mathews in Spring 2017.
Built by Klingel at his Gwynn’s Island boatyard in the mid-1950s, the Freya is currently docked in St. Augustine, Florida. Tom Robinson of Moon heard the boat was for sale and contacted her owner, Tim Loncarich, who agreed to donate her to the MATHEWS MARITIME FOUNDATION for use as an educational vessel. She was previously used for that purpose by a high school in Maine.
Robinson said the Freya will be eventually docked at the foundation’s boat shop on Gwynn’s Island and that plans are in the works to have it designated a Virginia Maritime Historic Landmark. The Mathews Economic Development Authority awarded the Maritime Foundation a $4,400 grant to fund repairs and outfitting for the boat and to pay for a Virginia Department of Historic Resources road marker to denote the location where the boat will be berthed, said Robinson. However, we will need additional funds to restore Freya's condition to make her seaworthy for the trip up from Florida. Your donation to help would be appreciated. Upon her return, she will be outfitted to become a facility for a new Sea Scout troop in Mathews County and will participate in local maritime events.
THE UPCOMING 2017 DOCUMENTARY FILM:
Filmmaker Dave Miller of Aylett, plans to include her journey back in a documentary he’s making titled “Gilbert Klingel: Man of Steel.” Filming is now underway, (you can preview the YouTube Trailer January 2017 above) along with production planning to outline the people and places this film will take us. Join us on this exciting project!
This independent project will be released in 2017 to public television outlets in Virginia, after which Miller expects it to be taken up nationally by PBS.
Miller, whose film projects about the Chesapeake Bay including “Journey on the Chesapeake” and “Oysters, Boats and Men,” have been well-received, said his new film will be a one-hour documentary taking a wide view of Klingel’s life, his many accomplishments, and of course, the journey home for FREYA.
Your financial support is crucial to the production of this timely documentary due to completion when FREYA heads home in Spring 2017.
By helping us, you will receive some great PBS style promotional opportunities and credit in the film. See sponsorship packages below.
FILM PRODUCED IN CONJUNCTION WITH MATHEWS MARITIME FOUNDATION TO 'BRING FREYA HOME' - 2017