Featured at the WoodenBoat Show

The Charles W. Morgan was a special focus of the WoodenBoat Show this year. Over the course of the weekend, shipwrights demonstrated the stages of the planking process: spiling (the method by which the plank’s shape is determined), steam bending and fitting, and trunnel driving. In addition, there were presentations on the ship’s history, the complex task of rigging her, and the various tools, power and traditional hand, being use in the restoration.

The work area around the base of the vessel was cleared of tools and materials to provide special access for visitors to get right up next to the new planking. This was a very popular feature of the Show, as people could really get a sense of the scale of the project and the special skill and attention to details required for each task.