Thank you for all the effort involved.
Thank you for all the effort involved.
This a GREAT thread, many thanks!
Mystic is fabulous. Some 30-odd years ago I took a small course with John Gardner, drove in every week from Newport. Worth every gallon of gas, and more.
Il colore del cielo, la forza del mare.
Another thank you.
Senior Ole Salt # 650
Since I forgot my camera last Wednesday I have to use an earlier picture to explain what I did that day. This is the ladder leading into the crew quarters in the bow. The door hardware had been stripped of paint but still needed some help.
Note the hinges on the right.
I brought them home, gave them a light sandblasting where needed and tumbled them for a while to give them a nice color.
When installed, the finish will be allowed to return to its natural state.
It's all in the details.
Framing continues. Here a new futtock is hauled up into the bow for installation.
Inside the 500 lb futtock is lifted into place.
Mystic Seaport has a giant collection of old boats, most of which are never seen by the public except by appointment. They are stored in one of the seaports warehouses and come in all sizes and conditions.
More on the boat collection in the next page.
More on the Mystic Seaport small boat collection.
This boat below is a significant piece in the collection. The picture is slightly distorted because of the Photo Shop stitching process.
The boat was a very popular sailboat from years ago. It is a Lightning and this one is serial number 1.
Some of the boats are in almost new condition and others are "waiting restoration." All it takes is time and money and not necessarily in that order. They are all hear because they are unique and important to our maritime history.
You can see them all if you ask.
Call 860.572.5367 or email: email@example.com
Late last year I took the Mystic Seaport Half-hull Carving class on a rainy Saturday in November. The shop was heated with a potbelly stove and couldn't have been a more perfect a day.
I think we ended up only doing the easy part. The teacher had already cut out and assembled the pine stock so we could plane, chisel, and sand the rough models into a hull ready for finishing.
It was only a one day course so this is what we started with.
Planing and chiseling slowly brought it down to the finished hull.
At the end of the day everyone took home their half hull. My classmate below drove up from New Jersey for this class.
When I got home, I bought the exotic mix of paints and got to work. Our instructor gave us the material list. From Home Depot I bought spray cans of Rustoleum red primer, satin white, and green for the boot topping. When it was done I polished it with white auto polish to give it just enough shine.
I know this course will be offered again but for now it is not listed on the Mystic website.
This is the engine shop at Mystic and there are two engines being worked on now.
The first one is a B&W Lathrop Diesel. It has been gone through and is almost ready to go except for a couple of nagging problems. The oil pressure is way too high and no oil makes it to the top end of the engine. It seems like the only fix is to take it apart again. The manual does not show a picture of the oil gallery so they are guessing about where the problem is.
The pressure relief valve appears to work but the pump is putting out 150 lbs of pressure.
Another project is the Hall Scott PT boat engine. The engine is clean and ready for primer. Paint shields cover the intake ports and the engine is now supported by the lift.
This is the auto pilot from the Roann.
It runs on a small electric motor that drives the gears. It looks like about a 100:1 reduction, but I have no idea how it works.
Here is Roann (Pronounced Ro-Anne)
I climbed down into the "Basement" on the Morgan to see how progress is coming along.
Progress is slow but steady. There are about 10 frames installed now on the starboard side. Some do not appear to be complete yet.
Here is a work bench the shipwrights have set up.
I poked around in the stern and found the construction interesting.
It looks like three knees are laid horizontally to tie the stern together. This part of the ship was restored several years ago so it needs no further attention now.
Meanwhile on deck we are appling two coats of 1/2 turpentine and 1/2 linseed oil. The next step is a white primer.
It's beginning to look good again.
This is a hoot! Who would ever think Mystic Seaport and Rolls Royce had anything in common.
Well, Rolls Royce is a big company and they do a lot more than cars and jet engines.
On the way home last week I spotted two guys working on the ship lift. It turns out that the thing was made by Rolls Royce and they were here to service it. They travel the country repairing and servicing the equipment.
There are eight winches, each with a 10hp electric motor. A total of 80hp to lift 300 plus tons out of the water. Not too bad.
The lift is partially lowered in this picture.
Thanks for the updates, I do enjoy them and look for new ones daily. I think it is great that you help out and post them here for those of us who can not make it over there.
We did a little painting last week. After two coats of a mix of raw linseed oil and turpentine the next coat was white primer. The fourth coat is a primer tinted with Grey. The final beige color looks better over a darker primer.
It doesn't look like much yet but it feels good to be putting back instead of taking off.
The main focus for the shipwrights right now is below decks restoring the framing. The parts missing here will come later. For now we protect what we will keep.
During the time on I am on board working, visitors are always asking questions. As a volunteer, aside from scraping and painting, I am supposed to answer questions and help. If I don't know the answer I am supposed to find out the answer or guide the visitor to someone who knows.
This is a lot of fun because I meet a lot of really great people.
Below is what Mystic Seaport calls an interpreter. This interpreter's job is to talk about the ship, the voyages, whaling, the restoration, the future for Morgan, and all things Mystic Seaport. On top of that he answers all sorts of questions.
Here he is showing a family some of the tools used to hunt and process whales.
When you come to Mystic Seaport (You know you're coming eventually) look for the blue and yellow signal flags. While most displays are always open, the flags indicate an interpreter is on duty.
The flag stands for K (Kilo) and
"I wish to communicate with you."
It was a cold and raw Wednesday this week at Mystic Seaport. If it were any colder we would have had snow. Working in the wood shop was a good place to be so I helped rebuild the vegetable locker on Morgan.
A couple of weeks ago I helped tear down the old vegetable locker so it could be rebuilt later. Apparently the ship carried root crops like potatoes and turnips (My guess on these) as they keep well without refrigeration.
There was a week a while back where I forgot my camera so this is the best I have before we took it down. It is located just forward of the big skylight in the stern. Look for the horizontal slats in this picture. I know it's not very good but it is not much more than you can see here anyway.
We cut the pine to size, planed it smooth, rounded over the edges, sanded the edges and gave them a coat of primer.
Another coat of primer, two coats of color and then we can rebuild it.
My favorite thread, this one.
Those small boats; walking through a collection like that is a noisy proposition. So many voices, those boats.
A much smaller collection but one of great value and import is at the Calvert MArine Museum at Solomon's Island, MD. The log canoes, or more rightly the remaining scraps of log canoes, some nearing 50 feet LOA reveal so much about where we as a tidal culture came from.
Nice folks, too.
More Pix, PLS
4th picture in post 63...gray haired guy working on the pine. Look over his right shoulder to the left....See what I see???
The biggest clamps I have yet seen. WOW are they huge!!! I am never posting a picture of a clamp again. : )
Thanks for the update.
This picture, taken on the day the Morgan was hauled out, shows the hogging that she suffered from after 167 years in the water. The shipwrights have been "De-hogging" her for 18 months and now this shows up in some odd places.
The yard built a stairway along side the ship so visitors can still come aboard. To secure the ship at night there is a door where visitors come on board.
As I walked through the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard building I found the door being worked on. I asked what was up.
This is the second time they had to take the door off because the ship is moving and changing shape. It didn't fit anymore!
Even the hinges did not match up well any more, but it's only a temporary door so there is nothing critical about that.
While they reinstalled the door they pointed out how much the ship had moved.
This walkway was level when the ship was hauled and now they had to add in a step down.
The bow and stern rise and the middle goes down.
The railing and walkway started out even!
Progress shows in odd places.
Below decks the framing is coming along.
You can see the progress here on both port and starboard side with the temporary work bench in the center.
Each pair of frames is held together using trunnels which are also made in the shipyard. The shipwrights are doing such a nice job installing the trunnels they are hard to see in place. Even in this enhanced photo it's hard to make out where they are.
Everywhere there is a spacer between futtocks, there is a trunnel.
This is the machine that makes the trunnels.
The 1/2 round cutter takes a turning square and makes a trunnel in a few seconds. It will repeat the diameter with in a couple of thousandths every time. The cover is off here.
A pail of trunnels ready to go.
My job is scraping paint and now it has evolved into painting where I helped take it off.
But Mystic is about all things and the sea.
If you enjoy art and paintings or just want to take a peek, take a look at the Modern Marine Masters 2010 exhibit.
I don't think my skills qualify.
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Tug Boats Are Coming!
When you arrive at Mystic Seaport the display lets you know something tug boat is up
Last week in the R.J. Schaefer Exhibit Hall preparations were well underway for this event.
The orange balloon is actually a mooring ball. You can see the amount of work needed to prepare this exhibit. This will be an interactive display for both adults and children.
Kingston II, temporarily located on the front lawn, belongs to Mystic Seaport. She is used to move the Mystic fleet as needed. She was built by apprentice welders using scrap steel at Electric Boat in Groton, Ct.
You can read about her here.
Real and model tugboats will be on display.
Check out this short video.
For me, every day I am able to work at Mystic is a great day. Even when it's raining.
Painting still went on.
It was a raw day, but visitors still came.
At times it was crowded.
They were mostly students and they were taking notes. When they get back to school their assignment is to use their notes and write an essay about their visit to Mystic.
They were all nice kids and America's future is safe.
I'm enjoying this thread as much as the great J.Dillon trip thread awhile or so ago... great work, appreciate your (and all the Morgan people's) efforts on this boat and thread.
We all have our little rituals that rule our lives. One of mine is Mystic on Wednesdays. To start off the day I first stop in to the Café and Bake Shop for a muffin and tea. It is located in the rear of the Mystic Seaport Museum Store.
I asked if I could take her picture and this is how she posed. She's a great person, but next week perhaps she will ask me to use a different picture.
This week everyone is getting ready for Tugboat Weekend.
This Wichmann Engine Co. type 2 AB engine was uncovered and a new bed was built for it to sit on.
Sometime after lunch it was started up and run for a while. The EPA must love this one.
More on this engine; http://library.mysticseaport.org/msc...sion=1992%2E65
And more on the museum marine engine collection; http://library.mysticseaport.org/msca/engineindex.cfm
The R.J. Schaefer Exhibit Hall, under construction in a previous entry, is now done. It will open for this weekend's "Tugs!" exhibit. There is a wonderful scale model of a walking beam engine on display.
Taking pictures through the plastic case is a challenge. This model alone is worth the trip.
I have a cousin who, with her husband of almost 70 years, live in Western Massachusetts. They asked me if I wanted an old dinghy that they inherited from her father in the 50's.
I have a small pond next to my house. I always thought a dinghy with Christmas presents and a small tree on the edge of the pond would make a pretty display for the holidays.
I drove up to their home to pick it up and then I learned its history.
My cousin's father bought the boat from General Electric in Pittsfield. The story I was told was that GE developed the fiberglass molding method for building nose cones on radar equipped planes in WW-II. After the war, in trying to decide what else to do with this new product, GE worked with the Beetle Boat Company to build experimental boats using fiberglass. According to my cousin there are still a few of them in the Pittsfield area.
I decided that this boat was probably a pretty significant piece of history and a display out in the winter snow and ice would not be a good idea. My guess is that it is one of the oldest fiberglass boats in the world as it dates to 1947 or so.
So for ten years it has hung from the ceiling in my garage with no expectations of ever using it at all.
Then I met this guy in Mystic. No names, this is the Internet you know. He maintains all the small boats used in the sailing classes.
I asked him if he could help me determine if the dinghy was sturdy enough for a small outboard and if it could be restored using the original materials. (Actually, it's in very good condition as it is.) He said advice was always free and sometimes good.
So yesterday I took the dinghy with me out to Mystic. The good advice was, yes, she can certainly handle a small motor.
Then I mentioned that perhaps Mystic might like it for the collection. So off we went to see the Man. And the Man came out to see the dinghy.
He seemed excited about this find. For now, I was asked to take it home so the museum can do some research to substantiate all I have said about it. If all this is correct, it will probably be added to the collection.
So for now, I'll keep you posted.
PS; Do any of you know any more about this?
All winter long I waited for this picture.
The saw has been in use all winter, just not when I was around. This is just another step in the roughing out of a futtock.
It starts out as a tree and is cut into a slab 9" thick.
Then it is roughed out with a chain saw.
The template is traced for a line to cut on the band saw.
The line is cut.
Then there is more fine tuning.
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Once the futtock is cut to size more fitting is done on board.
These things are heavy. The one estimate I heard was 500 lbs each.
The saw can handle the size. It sits in a hole in the ground so the table is at a normal height.
The table now has roller balls on the surface so the wood can be pushed around with relative ease.
With that kind of weight I can understand how a ship will hog over time. The hogging is almost entirely gone now. After a year and a half of jacking the job is done.
This is the head shipwright at the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard. He is removing the last of the hydraulic jacks used to raise the stem.
Meanwhile we paint and pretty soon we will begin scraping again.
The missing parts are for inspection and will be replaced eventually.
Yesterday I found this note
After 18 months of a lot of pressure in the right places there is only three inches of hogging left. That may well be less than when she was launched in 1841.
There were some engines from the Mystic Seaport Engine Collection running yesterday for the "Tugs!" event. There were a few small model engines running on compressed air but they are not so dramatic as when this monster started up.
As I mentioned above, the EPA must love this one.
It was running for some time when suddenly there was a lot more noise. The second cylinder finally lit up so she was running on all two. The ground shook!
No shaking here. These are some of the models running on compressed air.
This is just a sample of more to come on engines.
Please keep this coming. This is fascinating.
Keep It Simple: KISS it better.
Thanks loads for your volunteering to help preserve this great ship ( bark) as well as all the others involved. Your posting of the progress is also to be commended for both the images and commentary. Please continue and maybe the read worthiness of this tour will filter down to the bilge.
Senior Ole Salt # 650
I have yet to go for a ride on Sabino but last week I was able to spend a few minutes on board.
The boiler is coal fed and the room was really warm for a cool day.
They were checking the water for, in this case, phosphorus. I don't have a clue.
One of these days I will make the time to go for a ride.
With lots of visiting students and the ongoing restoration of the Joseph Conrad an unusual opportunity came up today.
The rigging crew needed to raise the fore topgallant and students with strong backs came in handy.
Below, Mystic Seaport's chief rigger gives some preliminary instructions.
The fore topgallant on the wharf.
Half way up the foremast.
The good hands at work turning the capstan.
And all lined up.
There were more students than places to work so half way up they switched crews. While the crew above worked the previous crew watched from the shade.
Last edited by Morgan Volunteer; 05-26-2010 at 05:55 PM. Reason: Forgot the web site
Often a team of people demonstrate the Dead Horse Ceremony, which was performed on some vessels to celebrate the end of the first month at sea. Since sailors were paid a one-month advance to settle their expenses ashore and outfit themselves before sailing (a sum that was frequently swindled from them), they did not begin to earn money until they had been at sea for a month. If the ship's captain agreed, they might amuse themselves by making a horse figure from canvas scraps and celebrate in a procession and song before hoisting the "dead horse" aloft and cutting it free to symbolize the end of their debt.
The demonstration is about to start.
The "Crew" parades the Dead Horse.
The dead horse is hoisted above.
And finally dropped overboard.
Meanwhile we scrape paint. Only this time it's varnish.
Here is more on the Special Demonstration Squad.
Nice pictures. Thank you.
IMAGINES VEL NON FUERINT
Indeed, thanks for sharing.
(and welcome back ACB ? from ancient member #34)
Re on the Sabino:
SWMBO & I got a ride on her during a WB Show years ago. A nuclear engineer from Groton back down the road was chewing the fat with the Sabino's engineer. The two comparing notes on their similar/very different engines was a hoot.
It was a nice way to relax and see the river too, BTW.
Thanks for this marvelous thread.
You're one fortunate guy getting to work there.
Thanks again for sharing that.
The Morgan is the world's oldest tanker/production platform. I remember crawling around her when she was still in her sand berth and it's great to see that Mystic is doing the right thing here. ClassicBoat, latest issue, sez that she will be restored to sail again which is a great goal. (I'm not certain that they should actually go sailing though. The insurance bill would be pretty staggering for one thing.)
Mystic Seaport hired a vendor to come in and teach us lead paint removal safety. There has been nothing wrong with the method we have been using except for the cleanup and documentation.
Mystic Air Quality Consultants, Inc. gave an eight hour seminar on the proper way to clean up and document what we have done.
The instructor spent 29 years in the Navy and knows first hand the problems that lead poisoning can cause.
Most of us probably have a somewhat cavalier attitude, my self included, when it comes to things like this, but not any more.
Working on old wooden boats can be hazardous to your health!
I am not going to give any advice here on lead paint removal except to say; Protect yourself, clean up twice and keep the kids away.
The instructor showed a short video where a young child with an estimated IQ of 130/140 had dropped to 80 after exposure to lead. That is 80 for life!
Young children are especially vulnerable because their brains are not fully developed yet.
Here we are practicing testing for lead
The instructor is showing how the HEPA vacuum works. He used red powdered chalk to show how each media can filter fine particles.
He taught us how to build a sealed door to keep the dust contained.
This is not going to be fun on a hot day.
At the end of the seminar we all took a test. I got one wrong, not too bad.
In the documentation phase, did they make a point about documenting specifically where removal activities are being done so that future work in that area can depend on the documentation and not have a need for the full lead regime? Photo's can be your friend!
Likewise, if work is beginning in an adjacent area as yet untreated, it alerts you that the full regime is required which is good for one's ongoing health! Again, photo's can be your friend!
Actually, in the 8 hour training, I am sure you heard it all. For everyone else, please note the care that needs to be taken.
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I just have an assortment of pictures here.
We spent the day on the Conrad last week taking off and reapplying varnish.
Here a new volunteer is reapplying a coat to the port rail.
Another crew was installing a canopy over the helm as it gets pretty hot on deck during the summer.
It's not quite finished here but you can get an idea of what it will be.
Another sample of eye candy for the small wooden boat lover. This hangs on the port side of Conrad.
We did accomplish a bit on the Morgan. We reinstalled two doors that we spent the winter scraping and painting.
The one on the left is a head and the door on the right is storage .
Then as I left for the day I passed the Amistad where a crew member was working on the bowsprit.
While redoing the varnish on Conrad the kids are coming and going all the time. The Conrad is a dorm and training ship for kids who want to learn to sail.
The new counselor, standing here on deck, is having her first lesson on climbing the rigging. I did that years ago, ONCE! That part of my life is done.
Understandably nervous, she started up.
Then others tried it too.
Not me, I'm done.
I'm happy to scrape, sand, and varnish.
I am hoping to get back on the Morgan soon. There is still a lot of scraping and painting needed there.
great thread-keep it up
"Rise Again Majestic Spirit"
Annie has yet to be roused from her winter's hibernation. She needs a new mast and the yard is hard at work on a new one.
The new mast is being fabricated in the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard building out of a single piece of sitka spruce. It measures just over 39 feet long. Beautiful, straight grain, with not a single knot to be found.
It will be shaped using a chainsaw and hand planes.
First it is cut square, then octagonal, then what ever 16 sides is called, and finally hand planed round from there.
Here the men are cutting it square. There is a guide mounted along the top of the beam and the chainsaw is mounted on a wooden slide.
Take a guess what this piece of wood cost.
Does $13,000 sound about right?
Is there any wonder why I include this next line?
Scott says "Everything must go!"
Well not exactly, but for wooden boat builders, this can be a good deal.
Scott is cleaning up the yard in preparation for the annual Wooden Boat Show.
During the Charles W Morgan's restoration, small lots of extra lumber have been piling up in the yard. Now they are becoming too large and it's time to move them along. If you have the need, Scott has the wood. Several sizes and many species are available.
When you come to the Wooden Boat show you should find Scott somewhere in the ship yard.
I don't know how this will be sold. By the board? By the pile? Preset price or auction?
If I find out more about it I will edit this entry.
Now I know. The wood is being sold for $1.50 per board foot for any species
Meanwhile, here is a look at what has piled up so far.
Last edited by Morgan Volunteer; 06-23-2010 at 04:12 PM. Reason: Add the price
We have been working on the Joseph Conrad for the last couple of weeks removing varnish and then making her pretty again. I brought my 87 year old father in law along to help.
He did a good amount of work that day.
My wife called him the next day to see if he had a good time. He did, but his arm hurt.
He said, "But that's ok, at least I know why."
If it moves salute it - if it doen't move, paint it.
Not a lot of saluting at Mystic Seaport but there sure is a lot of painting.
The kids will be coming soon and Conrad will be ready.
This is one your kids or grand kids won't soon forget.
I just found out the deal on the extra wood the shipyard is selling this weekend at Mystic Seaport.
You can buy any species they have for $1.50 per board foot.
Just go to the ship yard, find Scott or one of his volunteers and they should be able to help you.
If you are close enough to come to Mystic Seaport, this may be just what you need.
Wooden Boat magazine is sponsoring the Wooden Boat Show at the seaport this weekend. This is the biggest event of the summer at Mystic.
Some sixty frames have been replaced and there are just over 100 to go.
After the Sawzall cuts through the trunnels and other fasteners, some times a big hammer is needed to remove the old futtock.
Sooner or later everything will need to be replaced. For now, the good news is, the futtocks near the keel are in such good shape, most of them do not need to be replaced. 169 years old and they are still good. The shipwrights are making efforts to save as much of the original ship as reasonably possible.
Out in the yard new techniques are being tried all the time. They yard modified a chain saw with a pair of steel flanges bolted directly to the bar. Now it resembles an over sized jigsaw. This appears to reduce the time it takes to rough out a futtock.
The cut can be made in one pass.
On the large band saw the yard has installed a gantry system to support the heavy end of a futtock while it is being cut. The original method was to roll the futtock around on a large set of roller balls.
The original roller table is just to the right above.
Not something you ever want to hear is it?
Working on the Conrad this week there was a crew training for one of several demonstrations put on by the seaport all summer long. There are many different demonstrations scheduled every day. When you come you can get a list of time and place for each.
After the "Man Overboard" alert was sounded the whole crew jumped into action. Of course Conrad hasn't left the dock so all a real victim would need to do is swim a few feet.
After the ship is stopped a crew gets the small boat ready to launch.
The line takes the load of the chain that secured the boat to the davits.
The boat is lowered.
The crew boards.
Off they go to pick up the hapless soul who was unlucky enough to fall in.
Last year before I started to volunteer at the seaport I watched a different kind of rescue technique. I'll look for the pictures.
What is the function of the jug and hoses above the upper guides on this saw?
Speaking of man-overboard: I was on the schooner Shenandoah in 1979 tied up at the Mystic Seaport warf after an incredible run from Vineyard Haven. The passengers were a group of boy scouts. One was trying to climb up to the main rigging when he fell getting past the lanyards and landed in the river. It was the first time anyone had fallen off the boat, and luckily it was at the warf. The next morning, they all got a stern talking to from the captain and mate at breakfast before we set out again.