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Friday, December 2, 2011

Tug Delaware - more planks and a boat fort!

The new side planks are finished and painted, and the shipwright apprentices created a "boat fort" to protect them from the elements this winter as they continue repair work on Delaware.

Right before the last plank was attached.

Vessel Maintenance Manager Mike Gorman gets some help from the Museum's Chief Curator Pete Lesher to attach the final plank from the steam box.



The shipwrights, apprentices, and volunteers have build a fort around the tug Delaware, in preparation for winter's work.

The shipwrights build shelters, scaffolding, anything to make the work more accessible during foul weather.

The aft deck of the Delaware under cover -- windows included.

The scaffolding underneath the constructed walkway around Delaware's deck.

Shipwright Apprentice Jenn Kuhn peeks through a window from Delaware's deck.

Delaware's engine

The new side planks have been painted and are now undercover.

An inside view of the new side planks.

Jenn works on the deck removing fasteners from bad boards.

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