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The R.H. Ledbetter is the flagship of the Culver Summer Naval School, located on Lake Maxinkuckee in Culver, Indiana. The three-masted square-rigger, named in honor of Georgia philanthropist and Culver alumnus Robert H. Ledbetter, was built in 1983 – 84 by the T. D. Vinette Co. of Escanaba, Michigan. Dedicated July 7, 1984, the Ledbetter replaced the wooden-hulled O.W Fowler, which had served as the flagship from 1941- 83. The masts, spars, and sails from the Fowler were used on the Ledbetter. During spring 2002, the 100th anniversary of Culver Summer Camps, which began with the founding of the Naval School in 1902, was celebrated with the R.H. Ledbetter navigating the Intracoastal Waterway from Palm Beach, Florida to Washington, D.C. The six-week voyage included eight ports-of-call, at which Culver alumni and friends had the opportunity to celebrate the centennial before the boat was trucked back to its homeport. Culver Summer Camps offer two simultaneous coed six-week camps from mid-June to early August (Woodcraft for ages 9-13, and Upper Camp for 13-17) and 10 two-week specialty camps from early to mid-August. Administered by The Culver Educational Foundation, which also operates the Culver Academy, the camps use the facilities of the 1,800-acre wooded campus along the north shore of Indiana’s second-largest lake.


Flag: United States of America
Rig: Full-Rigged Ship
Homeport: Culver, Indiana
Sparred Length: 65'
LOA: 54'
LOD: 50'
Draft: 5'
Beam: 13'
Rig height: 49'
Freeboard: 5'
Tons: 25


Who Sails? Students and Alumni of Culver Academy
Normal cruising waters: Lake Maxinkuckee in Culver, IN
Built: 1984
Contact: Susan Thews
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