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    Many thanks for the great tour! Mystic is amazing. I wish I had more time to spend there, there is so much history and so many great things to see.

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    July 8, 2021

    The above thank you if from Fritz. I had the pleasure of escorting him around the seaport last week.


    Fritz,

    Thank you to you too. The seaport is great to share with someone who really enjoys it the way I do.


    Slow day today.

    I delivered the Century Coronado to the seaport yesterday.

    Since Wayne was not available I was on my own and I never got around to taking a picture of where I parked it behind the mill building.

    But this is what I picked up.



    It needs work, but when I arrived at the seaport, Quentin said it's in much better shape than he thought it would be in.

    It is a complete boat, including the trailer, with all the hardware to be picked up next week.

    This boat will be at the Wooden Boat Show at the seaport on the weekend of August 20 - 22.

    Unless the seaport decides to take it on as restoration project, it will be up for sale.

    Probably for free.

    But now that I have delivered it, it's no longer my choice.

    This is what it should look like when done.




    So, it was an easy day. All I did was help Walt install the engine hatch cover on the old wooden Garvey that his dad had built some 40 years ago.

    The hatch and hinges.



    To make it as waterproof as possible, Walt wanted a seal under the hinge.

    I cut the rubber strip to make it flat. Sort of.



    If we had an old inner tube the material would be easier. But where do you find inner tubes any more. Oh sure, they're out there, but this needs to get done fast and cheap.

    It works OK.



    Done.




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    Wandering around a little.

    Kids love these anchors.



    Not so much for this guy.



    The seaport is dog friendly.

    Barbara had just gotten the dish out and filled it with bottled water.



    The Coast Guard was there.



    A nice visitor.



    Poor Morgan looks naked.



    The Morgan will be hauled out nest Thursday afternoon if all goes as planned.

    Come see.



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    inner tubes are still used in agriculture and trucking

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

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    July 15, 2021

    Morgan haul out has been changed to Monday. Some time around 5:00 PM during high tide.

    First thing in the morning I stopped in to see how the Century Coronado made out with all the rain we had. We had a hurricane blow by. We had no wind, only a lot of rain. I had I delivered the boat to the seaport last week. It was fine. Any water had run out and the hull was dry.

    I did not do quite as well. In my house, where I have lived for twenty years, I have never had a drop of water in the basement. So naturally I never paid much attention to what I put on the floor.

    This is not a big deal as wet basements go, but a damp basement sure can smell.

    By not opening the door I only slowed it down.



    The boat looks great.





    I brought out the engine today, and tonight I will pick up the upholstery and windshield to deliver on Monday.

    This is a great restoration project and if the seaport doesn't do it, it will be available during the wooden boat show.

    https://www.thewoodenboatshow.com/

    The old Garvey was launched after its restoration. Wayne and I had the glorious and fulfilling job of cleaning up the pole barn where the work was done.





    I know this is not interesting, but it's all I have.

    We used his truck to move horses and other stuff around.





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    Barbara took this picture of Rebecca with her cell phone.



    She is a relatively new boat having been launched in 2001.

    Here is Barbra's picture blown up.



    Rebecca is a newer boat donated to the seaport. She was launched in 2001. Much like Brilliant, she is available for charters and day trips.






    This is now a week later, and I'm not too sure this is Rebecca. But Rebecca is supposed to look a lot this boat.

    https://www.mysticseaport.org/schooner-rebecca/

    We have a new member of the crew. Brianna has a degree in marine biology and has worked on boats. Captain or crew? I didn't ask.

    Here she is keeping busy with a splice.



    Ann approves, I think.



    So if all goes well, I will be at the seaport on Monday afternoon to help haul the Morgan.




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    July 19, 2021

    The Morgan was hauled out.

    I had a truck load of the Century boat's interior to deliver so I had to get there early enough to get help unloading, otherwise the entire crew was going to be tied up with the Morgan.



    As it turned out, three of the crew helped. Helped? I just stood there looking cute while they did it all. Getting old is not so bad.





    This is the hardtop. It's in tough shape, but there is a brand new roll of the fabric that comes with it.







    I have another truckload of parts to deliver.

    As of now, the only part I have not been able to find is the shaft and bell-crank for the steering. (If that's the right name for it here.) I have the steering wheel.

    I have a bunch of other hardware. Rudder, prop-shaft, prop, marine engine with a spare for rebuilding , and a bunch of other hardware.





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    Now it was about 1:00 and the actual moving of the Morgan wasn't going to happen until 3:00 or a bit later. They needed a high tide to do the job.

    So my wife and I went into the Thompson building to the new coffee shop and had a small bite. The waiting line at the galley to order was out the door and I really didn't want a big lunch anyway.

    A note for those coming to the seaport. If your doing lunch at the galley, try to do it before 12:00 or the line can get long.

    My wife Carolyn.



    They don't offer a lot here, but coffee or latte and a muffin was just enough.

    I think they call the place Social. I didn't find it on the seaport website. I imagine Covid has overwhelmed the website crew.



    Again, with time to kill, Carolyn and I went into the bookstore to browse.

    I had read this book a few years ago and decided to read it again. So I bought this copy.



    One line from the book that I love was a statement made by the lead character, Orm.

    "Of one thing I am certain, though I have known you but for a short while, said Orm, "That whatsoever a man who weds you, there will be long intervals between those occasions of which he will enjoy the last word."

    Love it.

    So, I bought the book and then took a peek into the new bakery called Anchor. It's almost ready to open. It's a lot bigger too.

    That's the new owner facing the camera on the far right.



    Now it's show time!

    Blue Boat was attached but Liberty needed to move into position on the port side.



    This was at 2:45 and there were a few hours of time left to get the hole thing choreographed to get her out of the water.







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    The last man aboard.






    Trying to get the stern away from the dock so Liberty could move in. There was a light breeze and Morgan is a big sail.







    40 horsepower was barely doing the job of pulling her out.



    It's now 3:30.




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    All ahead.



    Six inches to spare.







    The crowd cheered.



    She went down river backwards so when she got to the lift dock the crew didn't have to turn her around to go bow in.






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    Old and new.





    Back at the lift dock, Greg was suited up and ready to go below.









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    Some of the crowd braved the light rain.










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    Now it's Scott's turn.

    With the push of a button he raised 336 tons.




    As the lift rose, by design, the aft made contact first. While the stern was raised a few inches the divers made sure of good contact on all the other support blocks along the keel.

    As it turned out, this was the only area that had a lot of barnacles.



    Now the time is 4:50. Almost an hour and a half from first pushing away from the dock.



    Now the divers move the stanchions under the hull to support and stabilize it. They were all out of sight of the crowd and topside crew so Quentin did an interview while waiting.



    He commented about what a great job he has, messing around with all kinds of boats and getting paid to do it.

    I agree, only I don't get paid.

    Up she comes.





    Now it's 5:30.



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    Chris, vise president of the watercraft collection, had his drone flying.








    This is an amazing tool. He put it up and told it to stay. And it did.

    I have never seen any of the video's he's taken. I'll have to ask.

    Meanwhile back in the water. Morgan rises at one foot per minute.







    This was at 5:45.

    5 1/2 hours after they got started.


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    So, this is where she will spend the night.

    The next day the crew will pull her off the lift dock and scrub the bottom clean.

    Then every inch of her bottom and caulking will be gone over and repaired as needed.

    I assume we will be aboard scraping and painting somewhere to make her pretty again.





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    thanks for sharing! the lift is impressive.

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    July 22, 2021

    The Morgan has been pulled off the ship lift, power washed, and the bulk of the critters have been removed. Then she was pulled forward and pushed to the side so visitors can still go aboard using the stairs built during her earlier restoration. Its only a short way up of 48 steps.



    The bottom looks very good.







    Every inch is gone over and all the caulking is inspected. Loose paint is scraped off.








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    After the last time she was out, a small leak was discovered between a butt joint on the starboard garboard. At the time, a lead plate with tar was attached as a patch.

    Now however, it was time to fix it. The lead patch has been removed here. As far as I know, it was the only leak.





    That block of wood with the metal tab is used to calculate hogging. A wire (String?) is runs from stem to stern and any change will show while she's in the water.

    Here it is on the bow plus the others along the keel.



    The cradle was set up according to the graving plan and the divers reported almost perfect
    contact along the entire keel. So no hogging occurred since the last haul out.

    Wayne and I had a job sorting out the flag closet.

    Each boat has a flag and Morgan more that most of the others. For the Morgan there are 37, 38, 48, and 50 star flags. We found it interesting that there was no 26 star flag for 1841 when the Morgan was launched.

    We tried to identify each flag and write the info on the header (Header, the end where it attaches to a line or pole.) That way it would not need to be unwrapped every time a flag was needed.





    Ho hum.

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    I brought the last load of parts for the Century boat.

    The windshield is curved, though it doesn't look like it here.



    On the way to lunch we ran into this guy decorating for Christmas.

    A little early, don't you think?



    This was all the bows and other stuff you would expect to see.



    The seaport is a great setting for all sorts of things. Weddings are very common. Sometimes there are as many as five of six on a weekend. Then there are movies and television.

    But this will be for a mayonnaise commercial shot later in the day.

    I'm hungry, on to lunch.

    You never know.

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    July 29, 2021

    Morgan gets pretty. Well, sort of. I think she's pretty.





    Repairs on the copper.



    Moving a support to fix the caulking under it.



    It may be hard to see, but the support is pulled back a couple of feet revealing the original contact point.




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    In the paint shop are three more boats with no explanation available about them. Not even if the need painting.














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    Wayne had is daughter visiting so he came over later with her for a short visit.

    So I headed over to the bake shop, The Anchor, for a snack. This past weekend was the grand opening.



    It's all new and twice as big.

    I met Paul there.



    Paul volunteers in the Collections and Research Center. As a retired history professor, he works with old documents and ship logs.

    https://research.mysticseaport.org/

    He has told some fascinating stories he has read while there. I asked him for some details. We'll see what he comes up with for us.

    So, break over it was time to go to work.

    I worked with Rod and Anne.

    The trailer had a new plywood deck that needed paint.

    Job 1.

    Primer.



    Top coat.








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    Wayne and his daughter stopped for a minute. She had a train to catch, so it was a hi and goodbye wave and they were off.



    In the background is job number 2.

    That steam engine was restored and running before I arrived at the seaport years ago. They were able to rent a boiler only once to make it run. But it requires a very large boiler, so now, there it sits.

    Looking a bit seedy, we scraped off the blistering paint and primed the bare spots.





    Rod conned a visitor to helping.





    While priming the bare spots I got paint on my hands and didn't pick up the camera.

    Just imagine the painting part.

    As you may know, you can bring your boat to the seaport for a stay as you would at any other marina.

    Well, stuff happens.

    This guy was leaving and another took his spot. But the bridge failed and wouldn't open. Now he had no place to go.

    The seaport found him room in the ship-lift well.



    I never did see how you could get on and off.

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    August 31, 2021

    It's been a month since my last post. A lot went on but I just goofed off.

    A friend brought his grandsons to the seaport and I gave them the grand tour, I brought my boat out for the art festival in Mystic and the Wooden Boat show at the seaport, and oh yes, a hurricane came through.

    The grandsons.




    Nice boys. Well behaved and showed a lot of interest by asking a lot of questions.

    Practicing getting their sea legs on a rolling deck.



    In the carving shop.







    In the school house listening to the recording.








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    As they left to go home, the skies opened up and it poured.



    The Morgan as of this writing is still on the hard. She is getting a new coat of paint and new copper on her keel.





    Captain Whit from Mayflower stopped by.



    Mayflower will be back at the seaport just after Thanks Giving. If your going to Plymouth for Thanks Giving, be sure to go aboard the Mayflower before she leaves. She may leave that Friday.

    $7,000 worth of copper for the keel. Boating is expensive.



    Touching up with primer.



    It won't be too long before she goes back in.


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    My wife and I went to the art show and I wasn't taking pictures as it is always basically the same. Once in a while I see something I like, but not this time.

    So, no pictures.

    I did take a couple of pictures during the Wooden Boat Show with my phone on Friday.

    Nate came down from his summer house in Maine.



    There was one boat I took a picture of in the model boat exhibit.





    Meanwhile back on the green.





    But, there was a hurricane coming and I had to get out of Dodge.

    So I never got to see most of the Wooden Boat Show nor spend another week on my boat at the seaport.

    We left that afternoon to go get hauled out.

    It's a three to four hour ride home and another half hour up the Housatonic River to the marina for a haul out.



    The hurricane was not too much as storms go. The center hit east of here in Rhode Island on the Connecticut border. I don't know how well they did, but for me, we had a little rain and no wind at all.

    On the bright side, I had no damage and I was able to change my shaft zincs with out going in the water.





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    Thank you very much, a good hour's entertainment and information up on a large screen.

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    September 8, 2021

    The "Non" Hurricane Henri (For me anyway), Labor Day, and other things have messed up getting back to this thread. So, the first picture is from last week when some finishing touch ups were applied to Morgan.

    This is a good idea. Why stand in the hot sun when you can have shade.



    I know, it's cloudy, but the sun had been out.

    On Tuesday Morgan was to be moved over to line up with the rails on to the lift dock.



    It's important to clean the rails off so it can roll smoothly.

    Anne has always been the one to grab a broom and tackle this job.



    On Wednesday the bottom got wet.

    When I arrived, she was partly down to swell up the wood.



    Lines were put out to hold her when floating.

    This was my line.



    There was a light wind so I made it fast to the bit.

    Liberty was ready.




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    And Volunteer.

    By now Morgan was afloat and Volunteer pulled to keep her lined up in the slip.



    In due time all the smaller boats pulled her out and got ready to go up river.





    This time she was docked stern in.







    Now all she needs is the rigging.



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    I had my fun scraping paint.

    There is a new display in the windows of the mill building across the street of smaller boats.

    This is another one going there.



    The paint was loose in some spots so I scraped and sanded. Since it's not going in the water, it will get a similar color paint, but not a coat of the much more expensive anti fouling paint. It's a show piece now.

    A selfie.



    Later in the afternoon I needed to talk with Quentin who was working in the boat storage area in the mill.

    He was making notes so I took pictures.



    I love looking around in here.





    Analuisa, above is the Cuban boat used to take refugees from Cuba to the US.

    I just found the plans can be had.

    https://store.mysticseaport.org/ship...ugee-boat.html





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    It needs some work, but it's beautiful just the same.







    This is an interesting boat, not because of the boat so much, but who owned it.




    John Steinbeck.



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    September 16, 2021

    Emma Berry is out for maintenance.

    There is a rotation for routine maintenance so every few years all the floating boats get hauled out. Since she has been pushed to the side, I'm guessing she'll be out for a while.



    Following Emma Berry will be the Draken Harald Harfagre. She has been here for a long time due to Covid restrictions. It's not just the cruise ships that are on hard times.

    Now uncovered she is getting some attention. The decks were re-coated with a mixture of pine tar. Wonderful smell, in small doses.




    Annie has not been in the water for a long time, but now she is in the yard. For what? I don't know.



    Annie was the seaports first donated boat.



    https://www.mysticseaport.org/explor...ie-sandbagger/

    Not as glamorous as Annie, we continue to clean up the hulls of these two boats.



    The Barry T with the green bottom is the boat I am working on. The object is to make it pretty for a display. The likelihood of it ever going back in the water is small so I am preparing the bottom for a coat of green paint to simulate bottom paint. Bottom paint is expensive and green paint is not.

    Rod is doing the same. The seam compound is not meant for below the waterline, but it will look pretty in the new display.



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    Wayne has always enjoyed glazing windows and there's a lot of need on the paint shop's windows. So he has taken that on.



    Dap 33 gets hard in the can after a while so after a trip to the hardware store he got started.



    I don;'t see why this appeals to him. It's not nearly as much fun as scraping paint.

    Work has finally gotten started on Star.



    She is getting a new stern.








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    It's a little hard to see what is going on here.





    https://www.mysticseaport.org/explor...-lobster-boat/

    This is off the Morgan.

    Now that she's back in the water, the rigging is going back on, but there's more to do on this.



    It's a simple enough job for a patch and it will be as good as new.



    That is if this is all there is. But we'll see soon.





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    September 23, 2021

    Draken is out of the water.





    Not for me, thank you.



    To my eye, every thing looks very good. Just a new coat of paint to keep her pretty.







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