Charlotte: A Wooden Boat Story


Charlotte: A Wooden Boat Story
A film by Jeffrey Kusama-Hinte
Antidote Films, Inc.
Brooklyn, NY
96 minutes

When Ross Gannon and Nat Benjamin established the Gannon & Benjamin Marine Railway on Martha’s Vineyard in 1980 they built more than just a boatyard devoted to classic wooden boats. They transformed Vineyard Haven into a mecca for wooden boats and a place where traditional boatbuilding methods would be preserved. For more than 30 years Gannon and Benjamin have remained true to their dream and have designed and built a wide variety of wooden boats and given new life to many classics.

Kusama-Hinte’s emotional documentary chronicles Benjamin’s personal project — a 50-foot gaff-rigged schooner for his family and friends. Named for Benjamin’s grandmother, Charlotte. For Benjamin the boat is a labor of love, but Charlotte is also a testimony to his family and the craftsmen and community who supported him in his efforts. The film explores tradition, craftsmanship, community, and most of all, love of the sea.

By Ocean Navigator