What do you think of the lines on the skipjack ROSIE PARKS? On October 2, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) shipwrights and apprentices placed the last plank, or “whiskey plank,” on the 1955 skipjack Rosie Parks, which has been under restoration since 2011. Although a ship is far from finished once the whiskey plank has been installed, mounting the whiskey plank marks a major milestone in the construction of a ship, and many shipbuilders treat it as a cause for celebration.The re-launch of the Rosie Parks is scheduled for CBMM’s OysterFest this November 2, with rigging to be completed in 2014.
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