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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

New topside planks for 1931 Potomac River Dory Boat

Vessel Maintenance Manager Michael Gorman reports the Potomac River Dory has received more attention in the front boat shop over the past few weeks. So far, the original topside planks have been carefully repaired and stabilized. Running the full length of the 37’ 10-1/2” workboat, these long leaf yellow pine planks are still in good shape. The decks, cabin house, and coamings have all been stripped to bare wood in preparation for new paint all around. She will be repainted in traditional dory colors: green, red, and yellow stripes adorning the lapped sheer strake, and the topsides and deck painted white. After her engine is reinstalled and an all-new bottom is built, CBMM expects to have the dory boat back in the water in May, 2013.
The 1931 workboat was originally built in Banks O’Dee, MD, by Francis Raymond “Peg Leg” Hayden. Historically, Potomac River Dories were built in southern Maryland on the Potomac River and primarily used for oystering. Like other Potomac River Dories, this one is planked fore and aft, with the chine rising high above the waterline at her bow. Towards the bow, the sawn frames reach from the keel to the top of the side planks, stopping just short of the lapped sheer strake. Farther aft, the bottom frames are bolted to the side frames, with no chine log. Her tuck stern and shield-shaped transom are typical of the workboat design. The bottom planks rise out of the water at the stern and the sharply raked transom only touches the water in the center. Washboards reach back to the transom, where there is a curved seat but no decking. 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Caulking Rosie's Deck & Potomac River Dory Update

It's been a hot, hot summer, which has somewhat slowed down activity in the boatyard, although the mild winter we had put us ahead to begin with, so really, we are ahead of schedule on many things. Here are a few updates with our projects:
Progress on Rosie continues with the slow and steady process of caulking her deck. 

Caulking continues, using both cotton and oakum, beginning at the transom and finishing at the bow.

We had a few VIP visitors the other day. With Rosie Parks Project Manager & Master Shipwright Marc Barto -- that's Captain Orville Parks' daughter-in-law Ruth Parks (Orville Jr.'s wife) and daughters/his granddaughters, Janis Beach, Sharon Weber, and Bonnie Ruest. (and yellow lab Rosie)

Orville captained the Rosie Parks for much of his life, and sold the skipjack to the Museum in the 1970s.His brother Bronza Parks meticulously built the skipjack for Orville, with the boat named after their mother. We think Orville would like the way Rosie is looking these days.
Journeyman Shipwright Jenn Kuhn works on the forefoot -- the area of a ships hull where the keel and stem are joined -- of the Potomac River Dory Boat.

Fond Farewell to Don MacLeod

The Museum's Vessel Maintenance Assistant Don MacLeod's last day in the boat shop was yesterday. Don's off to The Landing School in Maine to learn more about the maritime trade of fixing boats. Don arrived at the Museum as a shipwright apprentice during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2003 and stayed for nine years! During his tenure here at the Museum, he was a wonderful ambassador, educating the public on wooden boatbuilding, and helping to maintain our floating fleet. He will be missed, but we wish him well in his future endeavors!