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Welcome to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum's Boatyard Blog, where all things related to Chesapeake Bay Boats are discussed. Follow the Museum's progress on historic Chesapeake boat restoration projects, watch wooden boats being built from scratch in our Apprentice For a Day program, and meet the dedicated staff and volunteers working hard to give you the experience of Chesapeake Bay history while preserving traditional Chesapeake Bay boat building techniques. Make sure to join us as a follower of this blog so you will be notified of new posts, and make comments on anything you see on the blog.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Cutting Rosie's Keel

Marc and the shipwright apprentices got the chain saw working yesterday, and were able to remove part of Rosie's keel as part of her restoration. You can watch it all unfold right here at the Museum - harborside near the lighthouse.


Marc has his two apprentices on either side, helping to guide how far to go with the chainsaw



The wood still looks pretty solid in the middle. Above is a peek at Rosie's aft cabin, which is surprisingly in good shape

It's all a learning process for the apprentices and our shipwrights. Shipwrights must be smart, creative problem solvers....and remain flexible in their plans of historic boat restoration.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

AFAD busy with 2 Smith Island Skiffs and a Rushton


Casey balances hard cherry as Bill concentrates on Rushton Oar shape





John, Mack & Jeff check out Smith Island Skiff # 1 with Dan out in the April sun







Casey uses hand plane on edge of Rushton rowboat oar




Casey continues to work plane on Oar while Bill works on Rushton deck channels.





Doc John, Mack, Jeff & John work on Smith Island Skiff as Dan provides advice from top of tool box.







One plank of hard cherry will be two oars for the Rushton Florida model rowboat. Look above to see how it was shaped.





Richard at bow on portside, Henry, Frank, John, Michael, Bob, Sam, Dan work to help SIS #1 off the platform onto its new trailer.. Get the engine & other items finalized...




SISkiff #1 goes out to launch & SIS #2 will settle back for final work. Two ships passing during daylight.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Skipjack Rosie Parks Restoration Project Officially Started!

The Skipjack Rosie Parks Restoration project has officially began. This privately-funded, three-year restoration project will be done completely in view of the public. Stop by periodically and see Rosie's progress!

Marc and his apprentices discuss the plan on getting the rudder off safely and intact.

Oh the stories this rudder could tell from its history in the Chesapeake's waters. Thanks to generous donors and the work of CBMM's shipwrights, apprentices and volunteers, Rosie will get a new rudder through the restoration process, and will be back in the waters for new stories to unfold





The rudder was dropped just an inch from the ground, thanks to the precision work of our shipwrights, apprentices and volunteers.

The rudder will be on display as the restoration continues.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Smith Island Skiff gets a cabin


John checks cabin height as Doc. John peers through the "window"





Cabin design





Considering the side profile



Model making

Top view of the model



Mack cuts the plugs off the coaming



Cleaning up the coaming

Mack, his dad John & Dan working the angles

Doc John figures out an angle on the chop saw