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Monday, November 5, 2012

New Hatches and Pushboat Preparation

September and October have been very busy months for the boat shop. Rosie’s team made considerable progress on topside construction with a little help from the Parks family, and removed the engine from Rosie’s pushboat.

Apprentices Ken Phillips and Shane Elliott install the first strake of the forward hatch trunk

Trunk completed with ledger board and sockets for hatch beams

Beams in place and shimmed away from sockets so hatch can later be removed

Oak "bread boards" in place at outboard edges, and douglas fir covering strakes in progress

Sharon Parks Weber and husband Rob smile for the camera after inserting bungs

Apprentice Shane Elliott (with a shaky hand) cuts the  week's work in two with a circular saw

Volunteer Eric Hervol (all the way from Seattle) details under side of hatch

Master Shipwright Marc Barto moves into position...

and pulls  the engine from Rosie's pushboat
Stay tuned for Rosie's new "doghouse" and a lesson in digital archiving of historical Chesapeake Bay vessels.

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