Christening of Stretch Gunning Dory “Warrior”

Rob Buchanan and a team of students from Benjamin Banneker High School christened “Warrior” the almost completed Gunning Dory in a well-attended ceremony at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The christening was part of the Fleet Week celebrations marking the anniversary of the War of 1812. The students, Chris Jerome, Sibongile Toure, Darrel Forbes, and Keanu Baxter built the dory under Rob’s guidance in a warehouse space in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The students have been participating in a rowing program begun by Rob at their school last year. They have been rowing a Whitehall Gig in Wallabout Channel and the East River with Rob since last summer. This spring they decided to build the Stretch Gunning Dory, a boat that may be better suited to conditions on the East River.

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