Flames Gut Virginia Museum Dedicated to Chesapeake Bay

DELTAVILLE, Va.– The curators of a Virginia maritime museum that preserves the history of the Chesapeake Bay are sifting through its charred timbers following a fire.

Fire gutted the Deltaville Maritime Museum Wednesday night. The Richmond Times-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/NBy0w4) reports that some artifacts dating to the 19th century were salvaged but the full extent of the losses is not known.

Capt. Paul Murray of the Lower Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department said once the flames were controlled, the salvage effort began. It continued Thursday.

Raynell Smith is the director of the museum. She says some vintage boat tools and other objects were saved. But a number of boat models and two vintage vessels were lost.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

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