We’ve been fitting the bowsprit collars to the bowsprit and on deck. Interestingly on the Original RELIANCE, the forward collar was cast while the after one was fabricated. Why we don’t know, seems to contradict NGH’s rule of simplicity and manufacturability??? Why didn’t he just cast  or fabricate both from the same drawing? Also, the forward standard cast part must be cut at the sides to match the taper of the deck edges. In the first picture you see Keith and “the guy upstairs” fitting our bowsprit into the collars to ensure tight fit and proper alignment, and in the second the collars have been drilled, fitted to deck, and the forward collar trimmed to the deck edge railing.

Mike Mirman and Harrison Casting sent us the five large bollards which we have buffed and polished and will now permanently fix in place. Four small bollards to go…

Many female visitors have been wondrous that 1892 fin keel boat Wee Winn was owned by Miss W. Sutton won 21 of 22 races in her first season at Cowes.  We recently had a visit from a British boat builder who built a turn-of-the-century fin keel boat on the Wee Winn design, and now understand that a replica of Wee Winn sails at Cowes. Coincidently with his visit, we had a note from a Dutchman with a picture of Wee Winn (or a knockoff, not sure) sailing in northern Holland. 

Wee Winn had a bulb on the bottom of her fin keel and any pictures of the bulb from replicas or knock offs or lines taken from her are appreciated. On an important side note, Wee Winn is a very important boat in the museum’s collection and needs to be restored ASAP as soon as funds for a museum historical boat survey are raised.

But back to Reliance, these same women then wonder about women on board Reliance; so much so Miss Barbie Bristol suddenly appeared on deck. Now the testosterone crowd is complaining that women on board are bad luck….

1. Keith working with the Guy Upstairs

1. Keith working with the Guy Upstairs

2. Collars fitted to deck and painted

2. Collars fitted to deck and painted

3. large bollards

3. large bollards

4. Barbie Bristol

4. Barbie Bristol

5. Wee Winn

5. Wee Winn

6. Wee Winn

6. Wee Winn

5 Large Hatch

Here are some photos of the rest of the work for the week.
Herb and Steve worked on the spare topsail yard and club to be stowed on deck. Tim H. worked on finishing the starboard toe rails, and Keith worked to bed down the mast partner plate and deck fittings and hoist Iselin’s private signal flag. Joe delivered the large hatch for a fitting but soon meandered over to ogle the bowsprit collars – Iselin’s flag overhead. Mike has been working to finish the two main sheet sheave holders and their brake mechanism. He also delivered several more large bollards.

Once again, friends of Reliance come through in a spectacular way!

Andrew and Paula Wright of AMA Engineering, Westport MA, machined Reliance’s bowsprit collars from our prints and them donated them to our project.
Wow! Awesome!!! Thank you so much…. When they arrived late in the day, we’d just about completed an arduous day where there was a lot of activity but not much to show you. Paula gave us a box  in which we found these. It stopped everyone in their tracks. All wanted to take pictures and make sure the bowsprit would fit. (It does!) So I culled through such a number of photos to give you a small sample.
Thank you Andrew and Paula from the whole Reliance team

Sometimes there seems to be a lot of change, but other times there is a lot of work but not much apparent change. This was one of the latter session, but with much progress. The toe rails at the stern have been fabricated and stained and pinned in place. The starboard handrail made and stained and also pinned in place along with accompanying toe rails. Steve has been working on the starboard pin rail and making sure the belaying pins are properly seated. The outboard belaying pins and center eye are actually part of the stanchions and have been tapped, threaded and glued into the deck. Chocks for the spare #2 yard and club stowed on deck were made and the #2 topsail club placed in its resting place. Herb has been gluing up the #2 yard. Meanwhile Mike has been finishing up three large bollards; two of which are seen in photo 4 in front of the hatch and one amidships portside in photo 1. More deck fittings should be arriving over the next weeks.

Image
1. final toe rails in place at stern

Image
2. starboard handrail, pin rail and belaying pins

Image
3. spare yard and club chocks

Image
4. #2 club in its chock

Image
5. #2 yard being glued up

Another productive time last week with the crew. We completed two of the three starboard toe rails, finished the second of three forward hatches, and progressed on the fantail toe rail. 

 

ImageImage ImageImageImage

Just sent a picture from our “guy upstairs” of Joe Bartram’s nephews Ford and Gris helping us lay canvas. As you can see we are not bashful about asking for help!
 
On Tuesday we began putting eight toerails and two handrails in place. By close of session we laid the two outer toerails down. On wednesday the port handrail went down.
 
 
ImageImageImage
 

Worked on toe and handrails on Saturday. The portside has been laid down. Will need some cleanup but it looks great!
Joe also brought his large hatch to work on.
 
ImageImage

Last week, we worked late for a visit from the USS Constitution Model Shipwrights Guild. We “dressed ship”, as you can see. With all her bling (most of the deck fittings are now in place) RELIANCE really shines and we can really imagine her now with her rigging!
Next we’re onto completing the toe rails, hand rails and spare #2 topsail yard and club to be stowed on deck. Meanwhile Mike has been working on completing the mainsheet traveler, remaining eight bollards, and capstans. 

 

ImageImageImage