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Ever Closer to the Finish Line

We’ve had snowstorm after snowstorm up here in New England, which has cancelled a number of volunteer days; luckily, we did manage to sneak in a Saturday and Tuesday along with some home work. Burr delivered 27 sail hoops that will be nickel-plated along with a number of the fittings and castings we’ve recently received.

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He also delivered the capstan winch located on the boom near the gooseneck. Interestingly, it is the same size as the deck capstans, but with a slightly different base to fit the circumference of the boom. We then tasked Burr to make a scale bowsprit retaining bar; it has to be made just like is was by the HM Co blacksmiths.

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A few hours later, Burr returned with a model to check fit the piece. Now he’s off making the whole thing, which we’re excited to see!

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Zach, our Roger Williams University intern, has helped out in preparing Mike’s bronze castings for plating. Zach’s also working on some exhibits for our opening day.

7 Zach prepares fittings for plating

Lastly, the boom and gaff have received final painting and are awaiting their fittings.

9 Final painting of metal spars

New “Bling” for the RELIANCE

Burr made and delivered teak pads and their accompanying capstans a few days ago. Zach the intern¬†admired them so much that we put him to manual labor; now, we’ve got the three capstans firmly in place!

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The fourth of the capstans, complete with a crank handle, will be mounted starboard side, on the forward end of the boom. Imagine that: a deck winch attached to a boom!

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Looking Into the Details

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Norene Rickson, Herreshoff Museum’s archivist, stumbled upon some photographs of the RELIANCE that prove very useful when zoomed in.

You can see, in good detail, the scuppers, deck capstan with a massive winch handle, and a bight of large manila line.