The Charles Van Damme Paddlewheel and Steamstack Ferryboat artifacts are proud to represent the maritime history that Sausalito is known for. Their Steamstack and Paddlewheel Wooden Boat Tour Float won 1st Place in the Sausalito 4th of July Parade! Hopeful that earning 1st place in the parade turned a new leaf for the Charles Van Damme, the CVDP&S is asking you to ensure that the history lives on by donating through the Richardson’s Bay Maritime Assoc. You can donate at the bottom of this page. The last day to donate is this Friday, August 9th.
Here is a video of the CVDP&S Wooden Boat Tour Float:
What’s so special about the CVDP&S is that they have been an effort to gather historical materials and knowledge of the 1916 Charles Van Damme Ferryboat. They organize them into films, exhibits, and songs to promote fundraisers for the sake of history. The Paddlewheel and Steamstack have been kept in Waldo Point Park, Gate 6 Rd to provide real artifacts as a historical exhibit near the Sausalito waterfront for an educational look at Sausalito.
Unfortunately, the cause has not yet received news regarding the securing of their location in the park. Without a new place to go in lieu of the park, the collections that represent maritime history in Marin County have a bleak future. Donations (tax deductible) are greatly appreciated.