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Yard Work at D.N. Kelley & Son Shipyard, Fairhaven, MA
April 23, 2003

Extensive work is in progress at the yard this winter with a particular focus on the forward end of the ship. The planking has been finished strengthening the bow in a large way. Now after some fairing and bungs to cover the fastenings, caulking goes in and painting will complete this part of the job.

X-rays were done back aft to check the extent of the older bolts. Several additional drifts were added, further strengthening the keel up into the deadwood.

With this shot you can see the x-ray gun that will expose the plate mounted on the other side of the keel.

This x-ray shows a fastening in the keel.

Jay Amster and Eric Varney mix concrete to be poured down alongside the frames to encourage free flow of water along the keel to keep the bilges low.

Oakum is prepared by rolling it between hands. Oakum goes in first followed by two runs of cotton.

Cotton goes in after the oakum.

A horsing iron is used to drive in the oakum hard.

It takes two caulkers to drive in the oakum using a beetle (large mallet) and horsing iron.

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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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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