As we get ready to step our mast, we are observing an old maritime tradition of putting coins on the mast step. Here we have a 1903 U.S. silver dollar, a Rhode Island quarter as part of the “State Quarter” collection with our RELIANCE on the back face, and a U.S. Naval Academy graduation coin. Bill’s grandson, Liam, graduated last May.
In addition, here are some more pictures of the RELIANCE model at the Frostbite Bash last month!
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.
First and Second Mates
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.
Please come and join the Herreshoff Museum and RELIANCE crew at the Frostbite Bash on February 6th!! There will be dancing, food, and the RELIANCE model set up in the museum in anticipation of opening day. It will be a wonderfully fun, two-for-one opportunity you can’t miss!
Great work session this past week; Keith and Sandy hung the rudder, Steve completed a dozen shackles, Herb completed several more splices, and Bill started the viewing stand. We’re on schedule to move RELIANCE to the Hall of Boats for the Frostbite Bash!
Please come and see our boat at the Bash! A sneak peek before we rig her.
PS: Enclosed is a picture of our new Executive Washroom; better late than never!