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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.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Update: Rosie work

With Rosie's keel stabilized, the shipwrights can now move on to her centerboard trunk. Work continues on her deck - pulling off old wood, and salvaging what they can.


Apprentice Jenn Kuhn spreads dolphinite on the final piece of shoe to be installed.

Boat Yard volunteer Kevin helps to clam up the worm shoe in preparation for fastening.

The wormshoe is installed and the keel stabilized.

Without bottom planks, it's pretty easy for the shipwrights to work from the inside out.

Project Manager Marc Barto is cutting out some deck wood on Rosie.

Marc and Cliff remove the deck boards off Rosie by hand, salvaging what they can.

The transom of Rosie Parks. The nameboard will be replicated and replaced. This nameboard will then be returned to our Burgess Collection in the Van Lennep Auditorium of the Steamboat Building.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Community Work Days - Rosie Parks Restoration


Here's what Saturdays look like at the Museum, with lots of folks stopping by to take part in the Community Work Days Program.

Rosie's centerboard trunk has been removed.

Along with the centerboard trunk, a large portion of the deck is now gone.

Volunteers, Mike Corliss & Mark Wells, dry fit the first centerboard trunk piece.
Making a straight edge.
Volunteer Cliff Streitmeter, preps the surface.
Marc Barto & Jenn Kuhn install the first piece.
Drilling for the drift pins that will enter the keelson.
Stage one complete.
Stage two, up and up we go.
Shipwright apprentice Jenn Kuhn appling anti-fouling plate along the new centerboard on Rosie Parks.
The cutest twins ever came to help us work on Rosie. They took turns making wood chips using a hand plane.
Our new Saturday helper, William Ryall, cuts the galvanized rod to length.
Installing the third layer & pounding drifts

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Keuka Lake Trout Boat ready for rowing at 87 years old

Tip it smooth... serious work to finish the boat.



This 1924 Keuka Lake Trout Boat needs attention even after most ribs were replaced.

Bill came in to clean up her exterior.


Artists enjoy the geometry of wooden boats.


Quite an extreme bend in the original ribs. Most of the northern white cedar lasted. Rusted fasteners meant replacing most ribs. Every plank and the four seats are original.


Take care of your toys. Some new wood on transom where it sat on the ground.


Even the steamed coamings from 1924 stayed in shape. Note one piece sitting in the center of the boat to be re-installed.

Satin Dutch Door Green is as close to the original used in upstate New York as possible.


The hardware looked rusted & had many coats of paint.



The oarlocks cleaned up nicely.



Doc's new wood inserts will help this stay quiet when rowed.


Roll the paint.



Doc & Dan add the last pice of hardware.


A veiw of 3 of the 4 oringal seats.


Ready to go out for trout.



Tuesday, July 12, 2011

CBMM participated at The Wooden Boat Show at Mystic 2011

Looking at some 100 year + originals is part of the draw to a maritime museum



May look too dark in an amateur photo - another reason to see these in person.



The beauty of boats - even a sailboat motoring in the mist is a delight.


The Mystic bridge rises on a schedule, with no preference for what's coming through.


Many modern vessels come in to enjoy the Wooden Boat Show.


Note this vessel is being rowed.



CBMM set up a display for many to enjoy, whether sitting to discuss how to build or standing around to admire some of the boats built at Apprentice For A Day (AFAD), our public building program.


One admirer approaches and we come over to talk about CBMM.



A steady stream of visitors at the CBMM display.


The Morgan Whaler is an impressive display, as much on land now as when she was in the water a few years ago.


Get those potential boat builders in early.


Friday, July 8, 2011

Kids Help Build Rosie with Hand Tools

Rosie's new fore foot piece without the rabbit.

Here a visitor to the museum uses a chisel to chip out the rabbit of the fore foot.


Marc Barto explains to this young boy how to use a chisel.