BALTIMORE (AP) — The Lady Maryland will spend the winter on dry land.

The flagship of Baltimore’s Living Classrooms Foundation is in dry dock next to the foundation’s waterfront museum. The schooner is scheduled to return to the water in mid-March after repairs by shipwrights and volunteers that are expected to cost about $180,000.

The 25-year-old replica schooner is used to teach students about the environment and the region’s maritime heritage. It failed a Coast Guard inspection two months ago after inspectors found problems including rot and rusting nails, and it finished the season after temporary repairs. The Baltimore Sun reports the repairs include replacing about 3,500 nails, re-caulking seams and replacing the stem, a 14-foot extension of the keel that runs up the bow of the ship.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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