BARBASHELA in the 1920s


Some background on BARBASHELA: Kent and Audrey Lewis of Small Boat Restoration in Navarre, Florida, were asked by Beauvoir, home of Jefferson Davis and now a museum, to restore BARBASHELA, an 1880s bateau that had been built for and used by Davis’s daughter. The museum charged the Lewises with making the bateau watertight and able to be “ceremoniously rowed”.  The museum approached the Lewises after the bateau was damaged in Hurricane Katrina. The process is documented on their blog and Facebook page.