Three-story tall Pirate ship dedicated at Boy Scout camp

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Scouts and family members stand on a three-story tall pirate ship that was dedicated Tuesday at Camp Sam Hatcher in Newport. The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament and the East Carolina Council of Boy Scouts of America had the ship constructed as a gathering place for campers.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 16:10 PM.

It’s designed as a gathering place and learning tool. But in the end, it’s just fun.

The East Carolina Council of the Boy Scouts of America dedicated the Big Rock Blue Marlin Pirate Ship during a ceremony Tuesday at Camp Sam Hatcher in Carteret County.

“It’s awesome,” Havelock Cub Scout Logan Lee, 7, said after exploring the three-story tall ship.

The fishing tournament provided a matching donation of money to the East Carolina Council to pay for the construction of the $160,000 ship. Since 1998, the charitable foundation of the fishing tournament has provided $175,000 in donations to the East Carolina Council, which governs Cub and Boy Scout troops in 20 Eastern North Carolina counties.

“Our goal every year is to put on a world class fishing tournament in Morehead City and in everything we do to put charity first, particularly for our young people,” Tommy Bennett, treasurer of the Big Rock Foundation, told the crowd during the dedication ceremony.

Bennett thanked Ben Moore, past council president, with bringing the project to the attention of the Big Rock.

“When Ben brought this project to us, it was a no-brainer situation,” said Bennett.



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