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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Edna up on the rail for minor repairs

The Museum's bugeye, the Edna E. Lockwood, was pulled from the water this week for some minor repairs. Edna, a National Historic Landmark, and the last sailing log-bottom bugeye, built in 1889 by John B. Harrison of Tilghman Island. Just as Native American dugout canoes were formed by carving out one log, a bugeye's hull is constructed by pinning together a series of logs and hollowing them out as a unit.
Edna up on the rail - she'll be back in the water soon!

Shipwright Apprentice Bud McIntire paints the stern of Edna

A sacrificial piece of zinc on her bow

Rigging along the bowsprit has been set

Hardware has been replaced on Edna.

Needs a little caulking. Yes that's a gap in the bottom of Edna! Good thing the wood is super thick.

Edna is a nine log boat - and her original logs, dating back to the 1800s, are still in place.

Our shipwrights discovered Edna's rudder has a crack, so they are working out a fix. For the long run however, Vessel Maintenance Manager Mike Gorman made a pattern, and will find a nice chunk of wood to replace the rudder over the next winter.

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