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Friday, November 11, 2011

Rosie gets a new mast partner

The Museum's newest shipwright India Gilham-Westerman, and Bud McIntire finished the installation of Rosie's new mast partner. A mast partner are the ship's timbers between deck beams around the opening in the deck where the mast passes through -- they are under the deck planking. When the mast is stepped it is "wedged" in place at deck level, the wedges going between the partners and the mast itself. This serves to stiffen the installation, so that the mast doesn't move around and start damaging itself and the deck.
Rosie's original mast partner

Shipwright apprentice India crafting a new mast partner

Installing the new mast partner

India and Bud

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