Friday, September 14, 2012

Visitors Welcomed

We enjoyed a visit from our old friend, A. J. Meerwald, New Jersey's Tall Ship. She will be with us until September 19th.  She will be back again in early October to help ISM celebrate the Old City Seaport Festival on October 6 and 7.  Meerwald visits us a few times a year, and it is a delight to see her majestic rig when we look up from work in the shop.

A. J. Meerwald on the far side of the floating dock.
Meerwald crew member catching the breeze.
Another new arrival is the L. Francis Herreshoff 36 foot ketch, Suzy.  She is at the dock for some maintenance to be performed in the water by the WoW team.  

Admiring Suzy
A very roomy cockpit
Work has begun on Flying Jib II, the Lightening class sloop.  A badly cracked section of garboard has been removed and a new one spiled and cut.  It will be scarphed in place to make the bottom sound once again.
Cracked garboard section removed, new one ready to be inserted.
The reason for the crack appears to be the deterioration of the mortises joining the floors to the centerboard case.  This will have to be addressed in order to make the Lightening seaworthy again.
Decayed floor ends, and a newly cut floor ready to go in.
Much further along is the Comet restoration.  She has one more coat of paint to go, and then a coating of sand grip on the decks, before she heads out.  The standing rigging is complete, and was checked out on a beautiful day outside the shop.
The Comet with mast stepped and wedged.  Very sharp wedges!
Shrouds fastened, Forestay in place.  Everything looks good.

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