Monthly Archives: February 2016

The Big Move, Pt. 2

Finally, after an arduous and careful trip down Burnside Street, the RELIANCE entered the museum’s large doors to find a new home within the Hall of Boats.

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Then, it was on to rigging and mini-exhibits. RELIANCE will remain in this spot until opening day, when it is moved to its new temporary exhibit area in the back of the Hall of Boats and rigged with mast. Full rig will have to wait until the new atrium is built; it’s too tall by a dozen feet for this hall!

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The Big Move, Pt. 1

Before we show you our move to the main museum building, we thought it would be fun to remember the first move. We’d been working on wooden spars for about 8 months and wondering whether we’d be building our own hull, when from heaven and Halsey’s 2nd-floor shop there emerged a pristine white hull.

March 2013.

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You may remember that old, gray working cradle in which RELIANCE sat for all those years. Now, almost three years later, we’re taking the completed hull down Burnside St., past Halsey’s shop and to the Museum…

Fast Forward:

Early in the A.M., before the crew arrived, Sandy was completing last minute details to the fantail.

Soon, Capt. Trivia waved that he was ready and the crew slowly moved RELIANCE to the street where it was turned and positioned for the journey downhill under Keith’s direction. Note Sandy and Bill looking on their cellphones for the latest on weather, spiritual guidance, and whether Ford would show up for a promotion video: “F-150 prevents 169-ton boat from careening out of control.”

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Great luck on weather and spiritual support, but alas, no Ford promo.

 

Post-Frostbite Push

Denise has been working diligently on the uniforms for our toy crew, while John has been sculpting the faces of the crew to accurately represent their respective real-life personas.

4. Oliver Iselin

Oliver Iselin

2. Barlie Barr by John Forest

Charlie Barr

3. 1st and 2nd Mate

First and Second Mates

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Captain Nat

Meanwhile, Steve Thurston of Thurston/Quantum Sails–whose grandfather was a sail maker at Herreshoff–has been making period sails. Steve consulted his grandfather’s 1950’s notebook to make sure he got everything right; Steve was also able to consult Hathaway’s sail maker note book for construction details of this particular #1 stay-sail (Hathaway was head sail maker at the time). Observe the stay-sail construction. Missing are the last steps where the outlines of the panels and battens were added, but you can see the effect when it was hoisted for the Bash.
Stunning!

 

 

Exodus to the Museum

Monday was RELIANCE’s last night in Building 28. As of now, she has been transferred down to the Hall of Boats for debut at the Frostbite Bash.

Here’s Captain Trivia’s last cruise while Sandy cleaned up. This is the community’s last time with the spirits of 28.

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