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Yard Work at D.N. Kelley & Son Shipyard, Fairhaven, MA
January through March 2003

Extensive work is in progress at the yard this winter with a particular focus on the forward end of the ship. Planking is pulled away to gain access on both sides of the ship to inspect, renew, replace and refasten the frames (ribs) as they pass under the keelson and over the keel (backbone) of the ship.

More planks are pulled back by cutting away between frames first and then removing the rest frame by frame. The frames are the ribs of the ship made up of two layers called futtocks.

From the inside of the ship in the fo'c'stle, this image shows the foremast step with the jack hammer below in preparation for chipping out the concrete between frames. You can see the socket that the heel of the foremast fits down into. Yes, you are looking through the bottom of the ship with planks pulled off.

Antonio Marques fits a new futtock by sliding it into place between the keel (below) and keelson (above).

Here the 1" keel bolt holes are drilled. The keel bolt is installed through the top of the keelson and downj through the futtock and all the way through the keel and false keel. There is more than 42" of wood to drill through.

Here is the starboard bow with the first several planks pulled for a look.

Mate Jed Deering jack hammers away concrete that had been poured between the frames to enable good drainage in the bilge frame to frame.

Thin plywood is used to spile and scribe a pattern for use in cutting out the new futtocks for each of these frames (unpainted).

New futtocks installed below the foremast step. You can also see the steel fastenings running through the mast step inside the ship and through futtocks that make up the frames. The futtocks also received trunnels (tree nails) made of locust. Trunnels are driven in and secured with wedges.

The propellor was pulled, reconditioned and is ready to go back in.

The stern tube runs out through the rudder post and seals the propellor shaft. The four bolts were checked that retain the tube.

A stopwater was installed in this scarf joint between the apron (part of the stem timbers) and the keel well forward on the ship.

We would like to thank Lotus and IBM for donation of software, hardware and funding to enable regular electronic updates from the ship.

NOAA Chart is provided courtesy of Maptech using Cruising Navigator 4.3 and grabbing the image using Grabit Pro 6.02.

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Copyright 1997-2003
Schooner Ernestina
89 North Water Street, P.O. Box 2010, New Bedford, MA 02741-2010
phone 508.992.4900 -- fax 508.984.7719

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