October 19, 1990

In a story and accompanying photograph last month, a boat anchored in Meredith Creek that was reported as abandoned was in fact legally anchored and registered, according to the Department of Natural Resources Police.

The boat, which has been stripped by thieves, cannot be legally boarded.

Scott Watts, owner of the boat, named the Helianthus, said it was the last personal yacht of famed America's Cup yacht-builder Nathaniel Herreshoff and is on the National Historic Register. Watts has spent the last two years trying to rebuild the 70-year-old boat for environmental education use.

Donations to help with the restoration may be sent to Watts' attorney, Mark Herbst, at 1200 West St., Annapolis, Md. 21401. Checks can be made payable to: Helianthus Maritime Foundation.

The Anne Arundel County Sun regrets the error.

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