Update on our recovery

We’ve patched things together so that both institutions are open but we still have a tremendous amount of work ahead of us. Thanks for the ongoing support to get us to this point. Come visit!

Damage from Hurricane Harvey

The Port Aransas Museum and Farley Boat Works were seriously hurt when Category 4 Hurricane Harvey plowed through town on August 25th with 130 mph winds and a 9 foot tidal surge.  We’re making headway digging out of the mess and look forward to reopening. Insurance will take care of some of the repairs but won’t cover everything we lost. It’s going to take a lot of volunteer hours and money to get the job done.

Please donate and help us rebuild, all donations are tax-deductible

Donate using a Credit Card or PayPal by clicking on the button below (designate for hurricane recovery):


Mail a check made out to PAPHA:
PO Box 677
Port Aransas, TX 78373

Contact Cliff Strain at director@portaransasmuseum.org or 361-749-3800 for more info
A synopsis of the damage is below

Museum Building
(click on images to enlarge)

A large object blew through the roof of the museum.  All the ceilings were soaked and have to be replaced and the floor near the entrance got wet and buckled.  There may be damage not immediately apparent but none of the contents of the museum appear hurt.


Farley Boat Works

The shop and three bays of boat barns were inundated with 3+ feet of saltwater from the tidal surge.  The shop building is standing but the flood damaged all of the large power tools and wrecked havoc on everything else it reached, leaving behind a thick slurry of toxic mud. Mold is now growing on sheet rock and other porous materials.  Rain came through newly broached holes in the roof, damaging items that the flood couldn’t reach.  A determined volunteer crew helped us muck out and salvage what we could of this mess.


The boat barns holding the Maritime Exhibits and schooner shop held up pretty well.  There’s some roof damage, one door was impaled by a large board, and another door cratered.  These bays all flooded and contents scrambled; we did a preliminary clean out.


The roof peeled back on the boat barns farthest west of the shop so contents were exposed to both rain and flood waters. The boat barns directly behind the shop are another story. They were completely destroyed. All that remains is a massive tangle of wood, wire, and the jumbled contents of the bays.


The schooner Lydia Ann weathered the storm with only minor cuts and bruises.  When we drove up she seemed to be asking “When are we going sailing?”


We’ve spent long, grueling days extricating small boats, mahogany lumber, marine plywood, and Starfish (the last Farley boat ever built), stashing it wherever we can inside the shops and in the yard around the schooner to protect it from the weather and looters. George Hager and Steve Woods joined our tough-as-nails troupe of volunteers and brought heavy equipment to handle the job of disentangling and relocating the big stuff, move heavy refuse to the street, and recover huge timbers transported far away by the force of the wind and water. There’s a lot more work to do.

A HUGE thanks to the following individuals who helped liberate Farley Boat Works from the chaos immediately after the storm:

Michele Applegate, Dental Assistant, Joshua
Connor Applegate, College Student, Denton
Mike Munroe, Research & IT guru, San Antonio
Amy Vanderlee, Project Mgr & Shipwright, Austin
Dwayne Clendennan, Skilled Welder & Contractor, Austin
Selena Padiolla, Restauranteur, Austin
Lowell Stevens, Project Mgr, Austin
Matt Lynch, A&P at CC Army Depot, Corpus Christi
Dan Pecore, Shipwright for Schooner Project, Port Aransas
Mike Oldani, Assit. Shipwright for Schooner Project, Port Aransas
Harold Yoesel, Retired Executive, Port Aransas
George Hager, Builder, Fredericksburg
Steve Woods, Retired Voc. Ed. Teacher, Denton
Chris Ludwig, Retired Entrepreneur, Fort Worth
11 Cross Country Runners and Coach Anne Ager from Tom C Clark High School, San Antonio
Bob Patterson, Retired Lawyer, Austin
Brett Greig and Roberto Cipriano, Austin, sent food and supplies
Matt Risinger, of Risinger Design/Build, Austin, loaned us tools and trucks and generators