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Friday, September 23, 2011

Edna Gets her Jib Sail

The sails are going up on our queen of the fleet the bugeye Edna E. Lockwood. (August 31, 2011)
Sorry for the belated post -- it's been very busy here at the Museum! Enjoy the photos.











Dang, them are some hot rails!

Ok, here is the rig...boiler with steam bell on it gets water from the blue barrel, fire inside the boiler produces steam  and transfers it to the bell and then on through the hoses to the box. The wood is inside the box, and gets cooked for roughly 1 hour per inch of thickness...

A few other things you need, wood to burn, a big box, a lot of  people to tell you how your doing it wrong, gloves,  patience, lots of tool lay out ahead of time, and I also recommend a bandanna because it looks cool.


Do a dry run before hand so everyone knows where they are going and what they are doing....

Next, try to get them in their correct places to catch the 200 degree piece of white oak. This is the hardest step of the process......I swear.

So the rail comes out of the box and gets fastened at the bow first to anchor the piece for bending.
We have in air impact gun to assist in making this happen quickly....

Then we let the boys at the back know when were made, and they start to bend the rail around the hull...
For the tail end we have an upright nailed on to the poppet that can be used with wedges to hold it tight to the hull.


The A team after getting both rails bent.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Rosie Update - Summer is over

Summer has come and gone, and not only did Rosie survive Hurricane Irene, but she is completely unrecognizable from when we first began, back in March. Our last post on Rosie centered around a new aft strongback and the construction and installation of a new graving piece for the most forward part of the keelson. We also removed the cabin which we will begin to work on soon.


The only casualty of Hurricane Irene was the tent surrounding Rosie.

Marc installs the first of Rosie's side frames.

Lots of work has been done to Rosie's deck.

View looking aft of new deck beams and hatch openings. Almost time to replace the chine log.

Volunteer Mike Corliss paints the inside of the transom with a wood preservative.

Shipwright Apprentice Bud McIntire installs the carlings in preparation for the rudder box.

A visit to the Tuckahoe Saw Mill to see our logs waiting to be cut.

The Boat Yard dog Rosie, waiting patiently for the milling to be completed.

Our very large piece of white oak for Rosie!

Monday, September 19, 2011

New Spray Rails Anyone? (part one)

Delaware, our 1912 tugboat is having a birthday this coming spring. To get ready for the party , we will be doing a fair bit of work. The first order of business is to get her some new spray rails. Origionally they went all the way to the stem.

So, lets get started by figuring from old photos and a batten where the new ones will be located. The orange paint is where the old was removed. 
The planking on Delaware was done very well and the lining off of the planks  make for a handsome hull. To compliment that, the new rails will follow the third strake down from the sheer.

Now we lay out for our landing and fastening schedule. The cut water and inner stem are massive so this will be where we anchor the rail out of the steam box and begin to bend around.
Ok, so the rails are rough milled and a faithful apprentice has put the compound bevel on for the landing to the cutwater. This is almost too easy. (especially when your watching someone else do it)

So lets hold it up on our lines and pre-drill for the lags that will fasten  the rail to the hull. Throw a few temporary fastening in while we do the other side to make sure they match perfectly and were getting there...

The second one tagged at the bow and as soon as we get our handy dandy steamer going we can bend them on with the help of a few friends..... 

Next time we'll see how badly we can yell at each other with really hot pieces of wood in our hands...stay tuned.