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Students build boats in new museum learning center

SEARSPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER)--  A Searsport District High School course is teaching students problem solving skills and maintaining the tradition of boat budiling in Seasport.

"To have a new generation of young people involved in the maritime field is just super. To have them get excited about maritime- who knows where it will lead," says Wayne Hamilton, owner of Hamilton Marine. 

Wayne and Loraine Hamilton donated their old Hamilton Marine store to the Penobscot Marine Museum in December. Since then, students have been working with long time boat builder, Greg Rossel.

"It's great that they're learning about boats, and it's a metaphor for many other things," said Rossel.

"It's definitely better than sitting in a classroom and it's a lot more fun," says Luke Moulton, a sophomore at Searsport District High School.

The Hamiltons had planned to use the water front property to build a house or restaurant when they retired, but decided to donate the space to education

"Education is so important and to see what's happening with these kids is just worth it all. Every experience in life is an education,"said Hamilton.