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Yard Work at D.N. Kelley & Son Shipyard, Fairhaven, MA
March 27 through 31, 2003

Extensive work is in progress at the yard this winter with a particular focus on the forward end of the ship.

Futtocks (frame sections) were replaced and now the planking begins from the keel up. The garboard strake (plank) is the first one on on the starboard side.

Note: frame = rib and plank = strake.

The seachest is the source of cooling water for the main engine and generator. You can see the lever that switches between strainers and the main shut-off valve. The seachest was completely overhauled this winter.

Mast wedges get overhauled in preparation for stepping the masts in mid-April.

The fo'c'sle table gets coats of varnish.

In the workshop on State Pier lots of maintenance gets done during the winter.

Antonio Marques checks the bevel of the keel rabbet in preparation for the installation of the plank,

The 3" thick white oak plank starts in on the starboard bow.

Clamps and jacks push and pull the flat plank in to fit the compound curve.

Holes are run to bolt the frames to the floor timbers inside the ship.

The first plank goes in on the starboard bow.

A jack is aligned with wedges to press the butt of the plank into place.

Starboard forward garboard plank is in and fastened.

The bow goes back together.

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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