On this cloudy day, shipwright apprentice Shane Elliot is working on attaching hardware to the new rudder for the log-bottom bugeye Edna E. Lockwood. The original rudder could not be used in the restoration because of its condition, but the shipwrights have used it as a guide for the construction of a new one.
Edna was built in 1889 by John B. Harrison of Tilghman Island. Bugeyes are made just as traditional Native American canoes were, by pinning together a series of logs and hallowing them out. In 1975, Edna (and the 9 logs that comprised her hull) was dismantled in order to be rebuilt. She is now stronger than ever and races occasionally at the museum. With this new rudder in place, she is sure to be even stronger.
Here, Shane has to make cuts in the new rudder for the strap of the pintle to fit the same way that it does on the original one. The pintle is inserted into the gudgeon, which then attaches the rudder to the boat. He says that this is a rare moment, because these cuts are complex and he doesn't usually do this kind of work on a Monday morning.
Shane is now having trouble figuring out what kind of tool he can use to make these detailed cuts; since the rudder is over 300 pounds, he can’t just carry it to the ship saw and cut out the curve. We have confidence in his expertise and know that he will get this project figured out!