The Masts are Down.

Friday morning dawned cold and clear but more more importantly, calm.  The crane from N.C. Hudon, Inc.  arrived promptly at 7:30.

Shipwright Leon Poindexter’s crew was ready. A sling was put on each mast in turn and the rigging was detached from Ernestina then the masts were expertly lifted from the ship and placed on blocking on State Pier.

The shrouds were secured to the masts and the crew was done by lunch.

The masts and rigging will be evaluated and maintenance and repairs will be made.  The hardware will be removed from the foremast and readied for the new mast on order.  The SouthCoastToday posted an article.  Check later for more pictures of the process.