View Full Version : and now we return to wooden boats

shade of knucklehead
06-07-2014, 11:04 PM
After a three year restoration of an aluminum yacht, its back to our main work, old wood boats. Plus I have a new truck to drive. The old one died.

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Peter Malcolm Jardine
06-08-2014, 05:36 PM
Burger at the top, Grand Banks at the bottom?

shade of knucklehead
06-08-2014, 07:40 PM
Yeah, and a hundred year old oyster schooner on the railway...

Thad Van Gilder
06-09-2014, 07:52 AM
Wow, that oyster boat does look rough..... hope its not too rough!!!!!

06-09-2014, 07:53 AM
Nice. really nice.

Is that a buy boat to her side?

Rich Jones
06-09-2014, 04:32 PM
Nice. really nice.

Is that a buy boat to her side? What's that you say? You want to buy another boat??:D

06-09-2014, 05:48 PM
I love the railway. Have any more shots or stories about that? Is that a block and tackle I see pulling the boat out?!

shade of knucklehead
06-09-2014, 07:32 PM
you can see more about our shop at flaniganbros.com

We were letting the burger back with block and tackle attached to Pop's truck. That's also how we pulled the burger up there. You put enough pulleys in there and anything will move...

Peter Malcolm Jardine
06-09-2014, 07:36 PM
Burger make a fine boat.... that would be a great cruising yacht.

06-09-2014, 07:45 PM
Woof, Shades!!! You've been far too subdued on this forum. That is a brilliant website! Great to see a yard getting by on hard work and pure talent!

shade of knucklehead
06-10-2014, 12:05 AM
Thanks, I wrote the website myself with the help of a book called HTML for dummies. Now I wish I had used a website generator because when I need to write a new page I have to sit down and hand code the whole thing.

Peter Malcolm Jardine
06-10-2014, 03:01 AM
Woof, Shades!!! You've been far too subdued on this forum. That is a brilliant website! Great to see a yard getting by on hard work and pure talent!

A big +1 !

06-10-2014, 05:50 AM
I'll second what's been said. An honest to goodness real boatyard that hasn't been yuppified or converted to condos. Well done!

06-10-2014, 07:58 AM
Good God no Rich. I own enough boat projects. I love old workboats though.

Still curious what kind of boat she is. Looks like she is a buy boat or for processing but I've not seen anything like her. Maybe an oyster dredge boat?

Mike DeHart
06-10-2014, 01:05 PM
That would be a Delaware Bay Oyster Schooner. I have mentioned them here a few times in the past. Round bottoms, white oak planking on white oak sawn double frames. Older style boats had a clipper bow with a straight stem and decorative sideboards to the bowsprit. Newer style, starting around 1929, had a spoon bow with a curved stem, no side boards, and a shorter bowsprit. I think the last ones were built before WW-II. The most famous example of the Delaware Bay Oyster Schooner now is the A. J. Meerwald. This is the "official tall ship" of NJ. Two other surviving examples in sail that I know of are the Richard Robbins which sails around NYC on the Hudson, and the J&E Riggin which sails with the schooner fleet in Maine. Most of the working schooners were converted to power in the 50's. Several of them still survive and still dredge oysters on the bay, but the oysters are on hard times due to parasites. Therefore the old boats are on hard times for the most part. I have seen a few get sawn up and dumpstered. They typically were named after men in the owners' families but ladies' names were sometimes used. They were very nice boats, often in the 80-120 foot size range. Historically, they always took a back seat to the Chesapeake Skipjacks in lore and literature since they did not have a sexy name and a cool raked mast, but they were a superior boat. I might be a bit biased there.




06-10-2014, 02:19 PM
Thanks Mike. A dredge makes sense. Love old workboats.

Doug Schultz
06-10-2014, 07:00 PM
That is a very cool place you have there. So many big toys. Wish I had access to a railway like that out here in Vancouver.

06-14-2014, 08:41 PM
Just perusing the March/ April WB while in the head today and discovered a surprisingly familiar photo.

Somehow I didn't make the connection earlier. Shades, you, your family and your business need to be in the National Register of 'Holy crap that's cool' places.

shade of knucklehead
06-15-2014, 07:05 AM
Hey Thanks...