Happy New Year Ernestina-Morrissey! We look forward to exciting progress in 2017.
Happy New Year! credit Harold Burnham
Phil Smith, a longtime friend of the ship visited the Shipyard last month. He shared some great photos.
credit Phil Smith
Looking forward from the transom at the level of the weather deck. The aft "deck beams" are just temporary bracing. credit Phil Smith
Work is proceeding on the frames in the forward part of the ship. Here port and starboard parts of frames are ready to be installed. The bulkhead between the fo'c'sle and the engine room is helping support the deck. credit Phil Smith
The frames are assembled from the futtocks on the work table next to the hull with trunnels used to fasten the sections together. credit Phil Smith
Meanwhile the work continues in the stern. The transom frame as well as the rudder post has been painted. credit Phil Smith
The floors have been fastened to the cant frames and you can see the stern post forward of the rudder post. credit Phil Smith
Lower section of rudder post shaped to fit rudder shaft photo credit Phil Smith
Cant frame floors from side. credit Phil Smith
Floors and frames looking aft to transom credit Phil Smith
Patterns for shaping floors credit Phil Smith
About a week later photos from Harold show the bulkhead between the fo’c'sle and the engine room has been removed and the new frames are now resting on the keel and supporting the deck.
From the new stern you can look forward all the way to the stem now that the bulkhead has been removed. credit Harold Burnham
On the port side you can see the gap that still needs to be filled with new frames. credit Harold Burnham
The frames forward to the stem will stay in place. The new frames are easy to notice. The vertical beams support the deck with the bulkheads and steel I beam gone. credit Harold Burnham
The raw looking wood is an old floor, the grey painted area with debris on it is the new keel. Above the floor is the original keelson, still supporting the deck. credit Harold Burnham
This diagram shows the keel, floor and keelson. credit How a Wooden Ship is Built: Fig 2
During December work continued on the forward part of the ship.
A section of the original keelson. credit Harold Burnham
The crew is getting a frame ready to raise, Notice the jack and timber holding up the deck. credit Harold Burnham
The square hole held the I beam that was supporting the forward section of the ship. credit Harold Burnham
Check the Heavy Lifting post for what it looked like.
New frames forward. credit Harold Burnham
Starboard side new frames forward. credit Harold Burnham
A wonderful accomplishment for 2016 credit Harold Burnham
Thank all of you who have made this possible. The SEMA board members are working hard and will have exciting news in the New Year. Consider helping this work to ensure a SAILING future for Ernestina-Morrissey. Please DONATE.