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St Michaels Maritime Museum MD #2: The Boat Yard

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Blog entry by Karson posted 04-11-2009 02:33 AM 1189 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Boat Making Apprentice program Part 2 of St Michaels Maritime Museum MD series Part 3: The lighthouse »

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.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †



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itsme_timd

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#1 posted 04-11-2009 02:38 AM

That is amazingly cool Karson! Have you and your son ever assisted with the boat building?

I love anything related to the sea and maritime history.

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#2 posted 04-11-2009 02:56 AM

My wife keeps telling me to go for a couple of times. the museaum is about 60 miles from the house. So I wouldn’t want to go every day. But it woulds be fun for a few times.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#3 posted 04-12-2009 05:49 PM

Wow;

That’s all, just wow.

Lee

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#4 posted 04-13-2009 03:12 PM

Cool! and thanks.

-- Bob Lance, DE

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#5 posted 04-16-2009 03:53 AM

those are NAILS…wow…cool series…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#6 posted 05-08-2009 06:45 PM

That is fantastic to see and a top job on the restorations.
Could spend many happy hours there.

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#7 posted 05-13-2009 05:47 AM

cool

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#8 posted 05-13-2009 05:48 AM

It’s interesting to go back every so often and see the changes.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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