USS Fredericktowne 2020
Sponsored by High Caliber Home Inspections and One Man’s Junk
Supporting: Platoon 22
Designed by Thom Beckley who said “I have the deepest respect for those that serve and are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice so we can enjoy what all we have.” Representing all five branches of military with the 3D printed planes and helicopters on deck. Movement was added by three Air Force jets and two army helicopters and the POW/MIA emblem are wind powered.
Sailing Through The Winter Solstice begins sometime in mid-November every year when the boats that have been constructed and planned are launched into Carroll Creek. The 12+ week event benefits the city of Frederick in more ways than one. Each boat supports a local charity. Sailing Through Winter Solstice endures through the weekend of Fire and Ice – the first weekend in February. Shortly after that weekend, the boats are lifted from the creek and put into storage – only to be refurbished and polished up for the next year. For 2020 there were 24 boats raising funds for charitable organizations, and one smaller boat, USS Hamster, constructed to serve as a maintenance and rescue boat for repairs, as needed during winds, snow and ice conditions.