Today, our shipwrights attached the hatch trunk to Edna's bezel using 16, 9" bronze drift pins, some power tools, hand tools, anti-fouling paint and a lot of know-how and muscle.During the process, Shipwright Marc Barto explained to Apprentice Joe Green that to make a stronger hold, some of the drift pins should be drilled in at an angle - opposing angles in fact, to their neighboring pins.
The apprentice program at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a great place for wooden boat school graduates to come and receive hands-on training for their specialized trade. Apprentices have gone on to work at other Museums, while some stay on board here at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland.
The best part, all of this work is done in front of the public, with questions and dialogue encouraged. "Engaging people in the process is what this is all about," said Shipwright Marc Barto.
"I love all of these boats, and my job in working with the public is just as important as the work we do in restoring these vessels."