Metal work

Work continues on the bronze sheaves (pronounced “shivs” by the way) that will guide the rudder cables. On the left are two sheaves that haven’t been grooved yet. Dean used a bowl cutter shaped bit on the Bridgeport milling machine to cut this groove. It’s the gold-colored bit in this photo. He mounted the sheave […]

Back in the saddle

The new year started off slowly as we all gradually found our way back to the museum from holiday visits. We’ll start off by looking at spar progress. Walt began the year by addressing some of the checks in his main top yard. We don’t want to try to glue the checks together for a […]

Last entry for 2013!

In the previous entry, I mistakenly identified the metal bits that Ali was welding into the windlass pork chops as cable guides. Oops. The mistake has been fixed in that post, but here’s a clarification.  This is one half of one of the pork chops that go over the windlass: Ali shows how the pawl […]

Lots of catching up!

Let’s start with a big thing: The Windlass. This has been in storage for quite a while, and last month it was brought into the main shop for a coat of paint and a good look-see. Dean has been doing a lot of the mechanical work associated with the windlass. In this picture, he has […]

A quick note on the try works shelter

John had written in earlier asking about a shelter over the try works. He recalled seeing a shelter in some photos but not in others. As best as we can tell, there was no permanent structure sheltering the try works before 1904. Here are a couple of photos from around 1902-1904. As you can see, […]

Things other than rigging…

Not that we don’t like rigging… we do.  But here’s some non-rigging activity around the ship. A little while ago, we saw Trev starting on the jiboom. Here’s a compressed view of his progress. The original shaping defined the taper of the spar but kept the sides square to one another. He then drew circles […]

All of the lowers and one upper are in

Last week we set the lower main and mizzen masts in. Here’s how it went. The crane can only reach so far over the boat, so we had to turn the boat around and slip her into the lift dock. The riggers had stayed up late getting the rig set up, and after sliding on […]

Rigging work

If you visit a traditional rigger’s loft for the first time (or any time, really), you’ll probably be struck by the smell when you enter. There’s nothing quite like it. It’s the smell of rope and pine tar, earthy, hempy, a little sweet. You’re surrounded by cordage of all kinds in rolls, loops, bins, laid […]

Foremast up

Fall morning in the shipyard. We work in a beautiful place. The day after the bowsprit was installed, the foremast went into the boat. The riggers were up until late getting everything ready, and back at it before dawn. Here’s Sarah putting a final coat of pine tar on the rigging where it loops around […]

The bowsprit goes in!

We’ll get to the bowsprit in a bit, right after doing a quick sweep around the yard to see what’s been going on. Jon has been working steadily on the bolsters. These are large pads that the anchor chain hawsepipes will protrude through. He’s installed a lag eye (the ring) in the starboard bolster to […]