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08-26-2015, 10:42 AM
Number 246 of WoodenBoat magazine (Sept/Oct 2015) has a page and a half on the USS Constitution "Old Ironsides" going into dry dock, p. 12-13. It mentions that only one glued laminated timber is being utilized in the restoration. I know of at least 4 semi truck loads of glued laminated timber that has been purchased by the Navy for use in her restoration in the last 1 1/2 years. This includes a fair amount of hull planking.

Page 14 of the same issue has half a page about the C.A. Thayer in San Francisco. It too is utilizing glued laminated timber in her restoration. The three 107 foot long masts are glued laminated timber made in Wisconsin. The big one was 26" x 26" square and weighed just under 9 tons! The shipyard will be making them round.


08-26-2015, 08:18 PM
The Thayer is not using laminated wood for the hull or deck, it is all the real deal, massive and beautiful pieces of clear old growth Douglas Fir.

(I have been watching that vessel from an intimate perspective of 25 years that can only be gained by volunteering for the NPS. It is a lovely vessel, and there is some noise (small noise) that she may sail again...)


08-29-2015, 01:50 PM
The CA Thayer was built in the Bendixon yard in Eureka, CA. The property is now owned by the Zerlang's who also have a great interest in historic vessels.
Recently the Zerlang yard was the site of the re-build of the first peace ship, the Golden Rule, which took five years to complete.