How big?

Following the completion of the bowsprit section mentioned in the last post, we began exploring other ideas to show the massive size of RELIANCE. We came up with a particularly interesting idea, and began bringing it to life. For hours on end, Herreshoff volunteers could be seen with spray cans, painting the floor of Building 28. Soon, long lines were painted on the floor, but for what exactly? Three distinct lines can be seen, each representing a true scale shadow of a different portion of RELIANCE. Accompanying the wooden section cut of the bowsprit is a shadow of the full 41-foot, 14 inch diameter bowsprit. Alongside this piece is a shadow of the full 115-foot, 21 inch diameter boom, and the 112-foot 6-inch, 26 inch diameter mast. To look at these artifacts laid out on the floor, it becomes clear how large RELIANCE was. Even looking at it now, I still cannot believe the sheer size of RELIANCE, and the incredible length and diameter of her spars. If you would like to see the work for yourself, the best days to visit Building 28 are Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 9am until 4pm. You can also check in at the Museum store on other days to see if the Building is available for viewing. So make your way down to Building 28 to see all of the work as it happens!

The shadow of the bowsprit is laid out in front of the model with the section cut showing a three-dimensional representation of the 41-foot shadow.

The shadow of the bowsprit is laid out in front of the model with the section cut showing a three-dimensional representation of the 41-foot shadow.

The shadow of the 21-inch boom is in white, while the shadow of the 26-inch mast is blue. At 115-feet, this artifact spans the entire length of Building 28, plus some!

The shadow of the 21-inch boom is in white, while the shadow of the 26-inch mast is blue. At 115-feet, this artifact spans the entire length of Building 28, plus some!

-Aaron Towers

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