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Hays and Ros Clark Shiplift

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Berry on ShipliftThe Hays and Ros Clark Shiplift was completed in mid-2007 after 5 years of planning and construction. It replaces the original liftdock, built more than 30 years ago.

The new Shiplift is a Syncrolift system with 8 individual hoisting winches that have a total capacity of 580 Long tons (1 Long Ton = 2240 pounds). The Charles W. Morgan, the largest vessel in the Museum’s collection as exhibited, regularly displaces 340 Long Tons, but weighed about 300 Long Tons when hauled out after her rig and ballast were removed. The platform lifted by these winches is 37 feet wide and 120 feet long.

Once the platform with the appropriate cradle is lowered into the water, any of the Museum’s vessels can be floated into the Shiplift slip, have the poppets set, and be hauled out of the water. The winches are computer monitored and as the vessel is hauled, the platform moves at about a foot per minute.

The second phase of the construction process was completed in mid-2008. This phase enables us to move vessels on their cradles on tracks, off of the platform and ashore. There is a side track system for our longer term projects. This provides multiple work stations for our shipyard staff. In addition, a state of the art containment system collects and processes all effluent and debris from work done, ensuring compliance with environmental regulations.

The construction of the Hays and Ros Clark Shiplift and its associated move ashore capability enables the Museum to preserve its watercraft collection, including the Charles W. Morgan. The Museum’s flagship was hauled out in fall of 2008 for a five-year restoration project.