Traditional boat restoration and maintainance at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum boatyard

While at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum it is, of course, imperative that I cruise around and check out the fleet of boats there. There is a good deal going on with the museum’s collection of historically important working boats, and I thought I’d share a bit of that (for a fuller picture, follow the museum’s Chesapeake Bay Boats blog).

ROSIE PARKS, before workMost significant is the restoration of the skipjack ROSIE PARKS. I had seen her a few years back, looking pretty hard up. What a difference a top-flight restoration effort makes. She museum’s shipwrights have salvaged about 25% of the original timber and a breathing substantial new life into this boat, and she looks great. She has new planking, with some obvious scarfs showing on the unfinished hull. Decking is starting to go in and many major timbers are in place. Amazing to see.

ROSIE PARKS restoration, from astern

ROSIE PARKS restoration, topsides

Spar at eight-sided stage I suspect this is one of ROSIE PARKS’ spars, in the making. Makes me feel bad about feeling sick of 16-siding AL DEMANY CHIMAN’s 3 spars.

Elsewhere, the bugeye EMMA LOCKWOOD was up on the ways and a cute sharpie was getting some upkeep.

Bugeye EMMA LOCKWOOD Sharpie

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