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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, April 27, 2012

Around the Boatyard - an Update

Volunteer is a replica of Leon Marsh's 1990 Smith Island box-stern crab scrape Darlene, as documented in Paula J. Johnson's book The Workboats of Smith Island. Built in 2002 by CBMM boat shop volunteers and staff, the boat was intended for on-water use. She got a fresh coat of paint and was splashed back into the water soon after.

Rosie's beautifully-crafted new King Plank. The restoration project for the Rosie Parks is ahead of schedule.

The crew of Rosie are now beginning deck work.

Delaware's restoration is complete and she was splashed back in the water just in time for the Museum's grand opening of their new exhibit "Push and Pull: Life on Chesapeake Bay Tugboats."
The crew takes Delaware out for a spin on the Miles River.


The patent stern of the Edna E. Lockwood, up on the rail for some minor repairs. This 1889 log-built bugeye is a National Historic Landmark. She still has her original nine logs!!

Mike Gorman transports the pushboat for the Edna E. Lockwood.

Mike paddles up to Edna as Jenn and India wait.





PHEW! We have been BUSY. Seriously, no excuse for not blogging for a few weeks, but take a look at all we've been up to.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Gary & James joined AFAD to work on the North Shore Sailing Dinghy And saw Delaware show Her beauty as a 100 year old Tug Boat at CBMM

This family is close in during this shot.  Notice that they stayed away when Jenn first picked up the chain saw to the black locust that will be the knees on the North Shore Sailing Dinghy.

Cutting & steaming sassafras frames made the shop smell like sarsaparilla or root beer.  Last week Barry was visiting from the mid-west & said that would make this boat a "root beer float".

Jenn is using the chain saw on black locust.
Gary Holdredge is up next with a power planer as an AFAD boat builder.

They are both scaring (keeping) the other visitors far away.
In the meantime, Doc John & Bernie are working on the breasthook.

James Delaguila is using a few tools that aren't available in his Jersey City apartment.  He's shaping a knee with AFAD volunteer Mary Sue Traynelis.


John & Bernie try to find a piece from what Jenn was opening in raw black locust.

James uses the ship saw while Mary Sue guides the process & Chris works at the next jig for creating a mast.

James with a hand plane.  Chris on a modern chop saw.

Doc John & Bernie consider the fit.
The bow takes shape.
Tug boat Delaware is taken for a ride in celebration of her 100th year.

We AFAD participants are often distracted by many interesting events at CBMM.


The boat yard crew shows off Delaware's lines as a tug that looks great.

Delaware is still going at 100