On April 10, 2009 my son David and I went to the St Michaels Maritime Museum, in St Michaels MD. It is on the Chesapeake Bay. As part of the conservation effort in the museum they rebuild wooden boats that have fallen in disarray. They rebuild them and may add them to their active collection or rebuild it for an owner.
Here is the current boat under restoration. The Caleb W. Jones. When completed it will return to an active boat to dredge oysters in the bay and also educate the public through fields trips on the bay.
The side planks are removed except for this one.
Holes were cut in the bottom to put in new bracing so that a new deck floor can be installed and keep rain from flowing into the the bottom when it gets started.
The bottom has these planks that will be replaced.
The nails in the sides are hand cut nails.
This is the top side of the boat as seen from the lighthouse.
A couple of boats that have been restored and are in their collection.
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