Here are the
latest photos sent to us from Bob Coes, Project Manager taken on June 16th -
Project Manager, Bob Coes wants to welcome everyone back for another building
season on the Marco Polo Replica! We have been underway since early May. It is
now late June. Most of May was spent on start-up such as additional steel beams
and other materials needed to secure the hull to the I-beam platform.
Ocean Steel delivered the two beams required to complete
the centre section of the ship's platform. Armand Sonier and Terry Gaudet:
Steel Workers Local 842 volunteered their services to install the beams on a
Saturday morning, June 16/07. Thanks again to Ocean Steel for this additional
donation of I - beams and to Armand and Terry for their fine work in fitting
and welding the beams in place. The steel platform for the Marco Polo Replica
is now complete!
Be sure to check back often in the
coming months, we hope to have lots to show.
Just click on the pics for
I should also mention that
the first photo in this session shows the joint of the centre fore and aft beam
welded in position to the beams previously installed at both ends of the ship.
In the second photo one can see the beam positioned across the platform below
the beams on the centre line.Note the brackets welded and bolted to the 2x8
floors (joists) at the top of the photo. More brackets will be welded to the
newly installed centre beam shortly.
Bob spent some time
shaping the face of the frames on both quarters of the hull in May. Some
shaving and planing were necessary to acquire the proper shape of the frames to
facilitate the accurate hanging of the planks. The planks must seat securely on
the frames before they are fastened. Lining off and the temporary placement of
battens help in this process.
| The next group of photos show considerable work
already completed in the stern area. The first shot in this group includes
myself Bob Coes, on the left with Eric Thorne to the right, then Don Bangay and
Larry Cosman - all new volunteers. Another new volunteer, not in this photo,
Jim Henderson, comes in to help out on Tuesdays.
these men bring with them enthusiasm and a desire to help in any way that they
can. Specific skills and techniques they learn on the
I also want to acknowledge two other volunteers who
come in on other days and who have been with me since last year. Ken Sparks and
Lou Doyle have contributed countless hours to the building process and are
eager to continue volunteering their services again this year.
The second photo in this group shows Larry screwing a
plank to a butt block hidden behind. Don is preparing to remove the C - clamp.
In the next photo Eric is seen truing up the butt joint where two planks meet
on the bend.
In the next photo taken on the port quarter
one can see all the planks fastened in the rabbet joint on the horn timber down
to the top of the stern post.
| The following photo is of the same area showing the
planks running forward and meeting up with the planks in the bow section.
Next we have a stern shot showing the planks on both
sides of the horn timber and the uniform pattern they present. The following
shot taken on the starboard quarter shows Bob standing next to the stern past.
This photo gives a good comparison of the size and shape of the overhang in the
stern. The sweep of the planks appear to fan out as they turn towards the horn
The last shot in this session shows the port side
and the area we are working on at the present time. In the next few weeks we
plan to have the last of the steel work completed and the planks down to the
steel platform. The main deck beams and planking up to the sheer line will
follow. The two deck houses will be built at Simonds High School this fall by
students under the direction of Mr Mike Boyle, a long time friend and
colleague. Keep posted for more developments as the work progresses on the
Marco Polo Replica.
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