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    We were at it all day.

    Meanwhile Sabino was launched.



    As always, Quentin was on top directing the move.



    Almost home.



    This is only one of the reasons it's so expensive to run Mystic Seaport Museum.

    Painting and caulking. And in some areas, new cedar shakes.

    This is the back side of the Mystic Village Diorama.

    https://www.mysticseaport.org/locations/mystic-river-model/



    This is the sail loft.

    https://www.mysticseaport.org/locations/sail-loft/





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    May 2, 2019

    First job for the day. Uncover the other Conrad lifeboat.

    Before.



    After.



    The next job is more interesting.

    Uncover a 1904 Friendship sloop called Estella.

    https://store.mysticseaport.org/ship...hip-sloop.html

    Before,



    After,



    But this time there's an in between.



    As of right now, I don't believe there are plans for her restoration. But I have been told she will go under cover in a shed on the main campus. There is a barn next to Australia Beach that is not identified on the seaport map. However, this is where she will be.

    It's interesting to see a detail I have never seen before. The end grain of the bitts on board have the same copper cap with a star pattern.



    Walking around on her deck she seemed solid so, she's a keeper.

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    I drove over to Stonington for lunch and met Rob. Rob was the lead shipwright on the Morgan restoration.

    After lunch we took a ride over to where he is working to see a boat that he has helped restore.




    This was the first time I saw her. This yard is owned by the brother of Mystic Seaport's, Quentin.



    And here she is now.



    Amazing what a coat of paint can do. Actually it's been a two year restoration.

    Next door is a boat I am familiar with.

    Aida was owned by the seaport and had been sold.





    She is getting the full treatment and is, of course, not ready for visitors.



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    My chores done, I took a tour of Mayflower II.














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    As with the Morgan, she is outfitted with all the Coast Guard required amenities. This tank may be fuel, water, or waste. More later.



    Speaking of wastewater, the ship will be ready for 21st century visitors.



    This is the back side of one of two heads.





    Another deck down. Below this will be ballast.



    Another 21st century amenity, a generator and fire pump. The pump is located on the back side, not visible.




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    Another tank. This is in the stern.



    Back up another level again in the bow.



    And back up on the main deck in the bow. The beak is going to be replaced.



    As a replica, some parts are not quite as original as they had to be on the Morgan. This knee was next to impossible to find raw material for, so a lamination will work even better. And when painted, no one will be able to tell.



    Or perhaps we're looking at growth rings.



    A view of the stern as I climbed the ladder to exit and go home.



    See it live.

    7:00 to 3:30 when the crew goes home.

    https://plimoth.org/mayflowerlive




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    May 16, 2019

    Last Friday the seaport had an event honoring the life of a long time employee who passed away recently.

    This was a memo from the seaport.

    I'm not sure I ever met him, I wish I had known him.





    As part of the ceremony, the crew brought out a few of the boats he built.



    This was the day before so the boats were getting a cleaning.





    His son Walt has worked as a shipwright for years at Mystic and on occasion his granddaughter Evelyn has too.


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    Here is another boat for the new exhibit,
    "Streamlined: From Hull to Home"

    https://www.mysticseaport.org/locations/streamlined/



    It's a 1952 Chris Craft sedan cruiser.





    This is all before Ann got inside to clean things up.











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    I don't know if this will be part of the streamlined display, but it is certainly unique.

    I may be wrong, but I believe this is an outboard, sort of.



    I'm guessing it's noisy.



    Wayne and I have been working for Nick, former captain of Brilliant. He is now in charge of "Yachts on Display."



    So the first chore was to hang out the laundry. These are large burlap bags with tears and holes. I'm guessing he used them to keep a hull moist so when it went in the seams would be tight.




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    Then we went to the attic to try to neaten things up.

    It's difficult to sort out other peoples things. Everything has a value but......

    Keep it, or toss it?

    Nick had us putting like things in a box so someone could make a decision. There are a lot of treasures.



    Wayne cleaned out this closet and took off the wall paper. It was falling off anyway so that part was easy.



    This took all morning and this is all the pictures I took of it.

    So off to lunch and see what else is going on.

    Mystic Whaler was just leaving.



    Next to Sabino's dock, we found her life boat.

    Pretty.





    The small boat guys are launching all the rental boats for the season.





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    A week ago I uncovered a 1904 Friendship sloop called Estella.



    She has been moved and now is under cover in the old Australia shed.

    The door was locked so I took picture this through the window. Now she can await restoration in safety,



    On the way back I spotted a whale person.



    Anywhere but Mystic Seaport on you'd have the cops all over her.

    Now back in the ship yard I found Nate working on the Atlas. He's been having trouble getting the fuel pressure up, so he's taking it apart and cleaning everything, ....again.




    So now on to the Mayflower II.

    The rudder is now out of storage and is being worked on. The crew is removing the pintles. Overall, the condition is very good, but it's a too important part to not take a closer look.





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    Up on board, the guys are caulking the decks.





    Up forward, this is the beak.





    Climbing down the scaffolding I was drawn to the maze pipes that make this work possible.

    Hidden behind is Mayflower II.




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    May 17, 2019

    Oops!

    I just found out that something I posted some time ago is not true.


    Sometime back, I had heard that live oak is a protected species.

    It is not!

    Nor is it endangered, or anything else.

    As best I can figure, it came from a comment I heard, that had to do with a small area where the trees are in fact protected such as certain cities, or public parks. I have no details on this, but as in any public park or town green, you can't just go and cut down whatever you like. Live oak, red oak, white oak, even poison oak are off limits in an area like that.

    But the damage was done. Not just by me, but I didn't help.

    So for that, I apologize for that bit of misinformation.

    Now, if you want to find out more about live oak and where to get it, watch this video.
    Leo, the "Insane Englishman" who is rebuilding Tally Ho bought his live oak from Steve Cross in Iron city, Georgia.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pH37Dep0cvU

    Steve Cross seems to be one of those mechanical geniuses who built a functioning saw mill out of bits of this and that and made it work. And it works well.

    We have no live oak in the northeast so I am not familiar with it except for how the seaport uses it.

    I was in Thomasville, Georgia years ago and my friend drove me to see this tree. It's called Big Oak and is 340 years old.



    According to Wikipedia, tourists often ask, "How do you know it's 340 years old?" To which the reply is,

    "The little lady who planted the acorn lives right around the corner. Go round and talk to her."


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    May 23, 2019

    With not a lot of jobs available, Wayne and I helped Gary prep the documents building for painting.

    The building is an old house in the shipyard. In there we were able to look at old copies of early photographs of the Morgan during her restoration. We wanted to see what the cook stove smoke stack looked like so we could duplicate it.

    Also, all the work done on her was documented here for future reference.



    Gary painted.


    In the machine shop Deane was making a caulking wheel for Mayflower II.



    The disk is tapered in thickness and turned to a narrow thickness on the outer diameter.

    No handle yet, but the job has some messy elements. (When you have a beard)



    Then there's the hot chips that go down your shirt.

    Out on the hull, Chris is caulking.






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    The rudder has been refastened. The original bolts looked fine, but not checking them out would not have been wise.





    Lots of school groups came this day. Anywhere you go, if you ask a question of a seaport person, they will stop and answer you. If they don't have the answer, they will point you in the right direction to get an answer.
    It's part of the job description.





    Dean is also working on the Mayflower II's mast. Mizzen, I believe.



    And Ann gets in there to clean up.




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    In the paint shop is another boat that will be displayed in the "Streamlined: From Hull to Home" Exhibit.

    https://www.mysticseaport.org/locations/streamlined/

    This is one of a few Hickman Sea Sleds the seaport has in the collection.



    They were most noted for the unique hull design.





    Coming back from lunch it became evident that Nate had started an engine.



    It seemed as though one cylinder was not doing well. It turns out it was number two and with a little tweaking, Nate made it run sweet.



    So, that's it for now.

    I got a call from Wayne this morning and he's off to yet another call for help with the Red Cross.

    As I write this now, he's in the air on his was to Tulsa to aid tornado victims.



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    May 30, 2019

    The new exhibit, Streamlined, From Hull to Home, will open June 15. The paint shop is cleaning up more boats and the machine shop is building displays.

    The Feather-craft is ready to go up to the Thompson Building.






    The wooden rig on the trailer is the same height as the loading dock in the exhibit hall. It's a roll off.



    There is not too much in the display yet.



    But, there will be more.



    https://www.mysticseaport.org/locations/streamlined/

    This is my work place for the day.

    The Joseph Conrad needs some touching up of her bright work.








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    By the time I arrived, Susan was already at it.



    I got into it. It's like peeling an apple and trying to get it done with one peel.



    It was lunch time so I stopped at this length.



    I had to go back to the paint shop for some tools and found another boat mounted on the display.



    Back at the Conrad, they drove by.



    One last picture from earlier in the morning.

    This weekend will be "Viking Days" and Draken Harald Hårfagre was moving back to the wharf opposite from the Morgan where she will be open for viewing.

    She will be hauled out next week for some bottom maintenance.

    https://www.mysticseaport.org/event/viking-days/




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    Looks like the Mayflower's pintles got re-galvanized before being bolted back in place.
    Thanks for the efforts you take posting this thread. Lots of great stuff to see!
    I was born on a wooden boat that I built myself.

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    June 5, 2019

    Rich Jones, who commented above, says he was born on a boat he built himself.

    This series of pictures makes sense of that.

    Two years ago I came across a small group in the print shop on a cold winter day. Two students and a teacher were part of the Navigators from the Hamden Middle School in Hamden, Connecticut.

    Corrections were made after I took this.



    These students are taking part in a special class where students build six or seven boats every year. The other three R classes relate to building the boats. Math, reading and writing, science, etc are set up to give these students a hands on approach.

    Last Wednesday was the big day when this years fleet of boats were launched.



    This project takes a very special sort of teacher. One who is willing to go the extra miles it takes to set up and run a program like this.

    I spoke with a parent during the event and she told me how her daughter struggled the year before and how she came alive in this program.

    "She was born on a boat she built herself!"



    This was in Clinton, Connecticut on the town beach.



    ​No special ceremony. No bottle of soda smashed on the bow. Just put them in the water and start paddling.



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    Brilliant!

    And so is the way you tell these stories.

    Thanks for your efforts. Next time I make it to the States you have convinced me I need to get to Mystic Harbor.

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    The half way goal was an island in the middle of Clinton Harbor.



    From there they head north west to a small beach next to a restaurant where they had lunch.

    In case you were wondering, (I was.) they were escorted in case of trouble.



    But there was no trouble and no boat even leaked.










    This is a great program for students who are not doing well in the "normal" school environment. I count myself among them as it wasn't until my father, in desperation, sent me to a vocational high school.

    We didn't have any boats, but I was defiantly "born" there.

    One of Mystic Seaport Museum's goals is education and they participate in the Navigators program.

    https://www.mysticseaport.org/orion/2017/313140/

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    June 8, 2019

    I went to the seaport on Saturday with my sister who is visiting from Colorado.

    She loves the place as much as I do, but Colorado is a bit far to commute.

    So, we did the tourist thing.



    This must be prime time. The place was really busy.

    We stopped in the Nautical Instruments shop. A young lady was trying her hand on a sextant while her dad took a picture.




    https://www.mysticseaport.org/locati...truments-shop/

    On to the print shop.



    https://www.mysticseaport.org/locati...inting-office/

    The cooper shop.



    https://www.mysticseaport.org/locations/cooperage/

    The Draken is back in water after her bottom work last week.



    https://www.mysticseaport.org/locati...king-longship/


    We took a ride on the Sabino.

    https://www.mysticseaport.org/locations/sabino/



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    Always a treat with eye candy galore.

    Brilliant.

    https://www.mysticseaport.org/locations/brilliant/



    The only structure on the campus that is not the original. It's a copy of the Nantucket lighthouse and they would not part with it. So Mystic built a duplicate.



    https://www.mysticseaport.org/locations/lighthouse/

    Joseph Conrad.


    https://www.mysticseaport.org/locations/conrad/

    The Morgan.



    https://www.mysticseaport.org/explore/morgan/




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    The captain announced that all kids should come to the wheel house so they could take at the wheel.



    From there we went to Mayflower II. As a volunteer, I was able to take my sister on board.






    And on the way out to go home I ran into another shipwright in the making. I love these creations.





    https://www.mysticseaport.org/locati...at-building-2/

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    "we are the people, our parents warned us about" (jb)

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    June 13, 2019

    Another slow day for me. Wayne is back from tornado ravaged Oklahoma and decided to take a week to recuperate. Nate was also away. He is helping restore a sawmill in northeastern Connecticut. Some time back he rebuilt the Studebaker engine that used to drive the saw after the dam failed and there was no water to power the saw.

    So I scrounged for jobs.

    The first job was to help remix the under water caulking compound so it could be used in a caulking gun on Mayflower II.

    Four cans of caulk, a splash of linseed oil, mix, and pack.







    Simple job. Took a half hour. I didn't know you could buy empty caulking tubes.

    Next I helped Jim clean up the Atlas engine display.

    Being outside and right next to a saw mill makes this a dirty area. The engine is covered in dust and metal parts get rusty over the winter. Jim is polishing while I dust and sweep and wipe.



    There are curtains being made, but no word on when they'll be ready yet.



    Then in the engine shop I helped Gary get Mayflower II hardware over to a soaking barrel to treat the wood.

    Simple for me. Unhook the rope and stand back and watch.



    Gary is using an electric hoist to lower the dead eyes from storage over head.




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    The soaking oil is in front and the drain is in the rear.



    They spend about a week soaking.



    Then they go out side till ready to be installed.






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    Another easy do, nothing job, completed I went into the paint shop where I found what the guys called, a "Hover Craft."



    Bottom paint and back in the water.

    Next to the Mayflower II is her "Dinghy?"





    I don't know about this. I spotted it from the shipyard and used the max telephoto lens to take it.




    It was time for lunch.

    Then it rained.

    A lot.




    No crowds this day.



    I helped Jim clean the Atlas engine after lunch but went home early after that.



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    June 20, 2019

    It was foggy all day. There were light sprinkles in the morning, but not enough to slow down the chores.

    Chores?

    The first thing we did was go to the staff opening of the Streamlined, "From Hull to Home exhibit."

    https://www.mysticseaport.org/locations/streamlined/

    I couldn't spend a lot of time, but the essence of the show is that from the first boats ever built, the designers were working on making them more streamlined, therefore faster.

    This then carried over to other everyday things in our lives. From boats, to airplanes, to cars, to home appliances, to travel trailers.

    Outside is a 1952 Airstream aluminum trailer.



    This is such a popular look, the same basic style is still available today. The rounded body of the trailer helped it go more easily through the air. And that's the point of this exhibit, "Show and Go." And go with style.

    I was running out of time so I didn't get a great picture of the Panhard, but to show "Go" and "Show," look how sharp the bow of this boat is.



    Planing hulls were not well understood when this was built.

    This boat was built in 1904.

    It used a Panhard automobile engine.

    From the car to the boat.

    http://www.vanderbiltcupraces.com/ca...panhard_7_1904



    This engine has been "frozen" for years but Scott has been adding oil every year since, well, for ever. It's too rare to beat on to free it up, and it's headless which means you can't pull the head off and push the piston down. It's an engine, "Awaiting restoration."

    Someday.

    The Electrolux vacuum is a case in point. The styling only makes it look fast. And perhaps it was. The faster the vacuum looked, the faster the chore might be done.



    If our family didn't have this model, most of us had a friend who did.



    Maybe not, I know my mother-in-law had this same model.

    Now this is a style that I think is timeless.



    All the boats on exhibit are open. The only restriction is, "Please do not go on the boat."



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    There is a lot to see in this exhibit and I need to go back.

    See you there?





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    So, back to chores.

    With the annual Wooden Boat Show this coming weekend, Wayne and I were asked to give Nick a hand rearranging some boats and trailers. They are in back of the mill building across the street from the north entrance.



    Parking is tight during the wooden boat show so we started out by uncovering a RIB to make as much room as possible.



    Then we got a call that our help was needed in the shipyard.

    Nice to be needed.



    I love the fog, when I'm on shore and not driving.

    Roann needs some bottom work. Make that dirty, grunt work. Who better than a pair of volunteers. That's I OK, I love it.

    Wayne cleaned the heat exchanger. (Keel cooler?)



    I got the prop.






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    Then it was time for lunch.

    Walking to the galley in the fog offered a few good photo ops.

    Gary was using Volunteer (The aluminum Garvey) to pump out open boats around the seaport.




    It's a daily
    job. Not all boats take on water, but the need to check is a daily chore.



    After lunch the fog got thicker for a while.







    Back in the yard we continued to our chores.

    Here, the waterline is cut it. I had to move out so it could be done.



    Roann will be out of the water until after the wooden Boat show so visitors can see her bottom, up close.

    I'll be at the show on Friday. Look for me. I'm the one with the camera.

    https://www.mysticseaport.org/event/...odenboat-show/



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