work starts in late April at Tonnessen Park and then on the
railway at Kelley's this spring with a particular
focus on the portion of the hull between the foremast and
mainmast. 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.
In order to accomplish this work from the
outside, access is needed from the inside. The fish hold sole
planking, concrete and ballast had to be removed first.
Thanks so much to Mary Bunce for many of the
haulout photos shown on this page! And many thanks to the
staff and volunteers that came aboard to help with the
preparation work and the move....
The sole (or flooring) in
the fish hold was removed to gain access to the bilge and
septic system plumbing along with the water tanks shown to the
left. This is looking aft on the port side.
Marty Casey and Laurie
Weitzen jack hammer out concrete to get at the lead ballast
that must be removed to gain access to the ceiling planking.
The upper surface of the 55
pound lead ingots are exposed. They all need to come out!
Part of the fresh water
tank is taken over to Kelley's by land. The tankage will be
modified to allow more room in the fish hold including a
larger central table.
Gregg Swanzey and crew back
out of the slip at New Bedford State Pier bound for Kelley's
Shipyard across the harbor in Fairhaven.
Capt. Doug Nemeth on the
foredeck helps with the move.
This view shows the
submerged cradle (orange fenders ahead)
Ernestina is positioned by
wire cables over her blocks on the railway.
The Kelley's crew waiting to
receive lines from the Ernestina crew.
Here is a shot of the marine
railway next slip over from ours. This one is out getting
blocking in place for the next vessel to come up.
The large chain runs over a
windlass and pulls Ernestina slowly up the rails on her cradle.
The hauling continues.
Ernestina is out of the
Engineer Steve Swift climbs
down the ladder to inspect the bottom.
Another view of the port side
up on the railway.