Our newest shipwright apprentice, Chris Kretch, is busy working on the historic restoration of the skipjack Rosie Parks.
Rosie Parks Project Manager Mark Donohue reports the skipjack Rosie Parks is on schedule
for her relaunching at 4pm on Saturday November 2, 2013 at CBMM’s
OysterFest. All are invited to come out for this historical and
Various pieces of hardware, rails, plates,
irons, and stanchions continue to be primed and painted for
installation. CBMM volunteers have installed the stern handrails and are
just about to install the forward handrails. Next, they’ll be readying
the steering box, gear, and wheel for installation.
shipwrights are in the midst of faring bottom frames, performing
dutchman and sweet nail repairs to the garboard rabbet, and shaping the
bevel of the chine to ready her bottom for planking. The milling,
shaping and hanging of Rosie’s bottom planks will soon be completed.
Once the bottom planking goes up, CBMM’s shipwrights, apprentices, and
volunteers will mill, shape and install her sister keelsons. Two
keelsons on each side run from near the transom all the way to Rosie’s
stem. Once the keelsons are installed, the remainder of Rosie’s bottom
planks will be hung.
Rosie’s mast, boom, jib club, and mainmast
gaff have been gathered from storage, with shipwrights measuring the
lengths of halyards, sheets, and lines in order to replace her running
rigging. The condition of her blocks is being assessed for servicing or
replacement. All in all, her spars are in fantastic shape and just need
some attention to get them ready for stepping and rigging this fall.
Videos documenting the restoration progress on Rosie Parks can also be
found at www.cbmm.org/rosieparks.html.
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