After the completion of a new graving piece for the most forward part of the keelson, the worm shoe was reattached and the crew removed the cabin, in order to get to the aft strongback. A skipjack's strongback helps to support the structure of the boat under the fore cabin while stabilizing the boat from port to starboard.
|Shipwright apprentice moves the old wood to set on top the new lumber for the shipwright's work on the strongback.|
|The old strongback was cut into pieces to remove from Rosie. Shipwrights are keeping any old wood that can be saved as artifacts to the original Rosie Parks skipjack.|
Piece by piece, you can see what the old strongback looks like.
|The strongback is notched to attach the stringers for the bottom planks.|
There's that plumb line. This is where the new strongback will be placed.
|She looks so different with her decks opened up and the wheelhouse gone.|
|Shipwrights Marc Barto and Jenn Kuhn and Mike Corliss stand behind the new aft strongback for Rosie. In front of the strongback is the pattern that was created and used.|
|The timber is rough hewn, and on purpose.Marc Barto says he wanted the new wood to be installed much like builder Bronza Parks had it to begin with.|