Freedom's Glory: The Restoration of the Little Jennie

25th Anniversary Commemoration • 1986-2011
This one-hour public television documentary produced by John J. Stevens in 1986 tells the story of Bill Perks, and his heroic band of volunteers, who restore the Chesapeake Bay bugeye ketch Little Jennie, and sail her in OpSail '86, the tall ships parade in celebration of the Statue of Liberty centennial celebration.
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Re-live the grand adventure or to experience it here for the first time through the video documentary, the media, the photos or the comments of the people who were there.

It was a truly special time in the lives of everyone involved - from Bill Perks who first decided to take on the "impossible dream" of restoring the boat in time for OpSail '86; to John Stevens who thought "wouldn't it be cool if..." and started videotaping the entire enterprise; to the hundreds of friends, family and volunteers who contributed everything they could to make the whole thing a weird and wonderful adventure - with a thoroughly happy ending.

Feel free to share your comments, photos or videos on the Your Thoughts page. And, btw, the last known location of the Little Jennie was in Bar Harbor, Maine. So, if anyone has any news of her status, please contact us, or leave a comment...

Learn more about the Little Jennie with new photos from the 1940's on the Photos page and read about the boat during this period from a comment by Sylvia Crouter on the Your Thoughts page.

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