Here are the
latest photos sent to us from Bob Coes, Project Manager taken on Oct. 19th -
Project Manager, Bob Coes, and his volunteers have had another busy season with
the construction of the Replica of the Marco Polo. As mentioned in the June
article, preliminary work in the area of steel supports and the fairing of the
frames in the stern were the first order of business.Soon to follow was the
planking on the sides as well as the stern area of the hull. The planking in
these areas was the main focus of construction this
Plans and materials were put in place for the
upper decks. This included a detail working drawing for the deck beams and
their assembly as well as the lumber for the deck beams, sheer clamps, and
stanchions. The master deck beam pattern has been constructed as well as the
assembly of the sheer clamps for the main deck. Since this deck is over 40 feet
long, the 2x6's were scarfed together to make one single continuous member.
Each member is made up of three separate pieces. Needless to say, there are
always considerable "behind the scene tasks" that must be seen to to insure
progress with as few delays as possible.
Bob and his
volunteers are extremely pleased and proud of what they have accomplished so
far. More work on the ship will begin again next spring. It is expected that
the exterior will be completed by the summer of 2008. This will include the
hull, deck, and deck houses. There is considerable work left to do to achieve
this goal. However, with planning, hard work, and a little luck that goal is
Bob wishes to acknowledge and thank the
volunteers who came down to #8 shed week after week to work on the replica.
Don Bangay, Mark Brideau, Lino Celeste, Larry Cosman, Lou Doyle, Jim
Henderson, Ken Sparks, Ken Steele, Eric Thorne, Gerald White
It should be noted that these men generally worked the
same "day" each week. This type of schedule provides flexibility, but at the
same time presents a challenge in that we have different volunteers each day of
the week. This demands a high level of cooperation - to be able to pick up
where someone else left off the day before. This is not always easy to do. A
special THANK YOU to all of these gentleman for their much appreciated
contribution to the Marco Polo Project. I look forward to working with you all
again next year.
Bob Coes Project Manager
Tom Creamer and
Barry Ogden will be busy all winter raising funds and anyone wishing to
contribute should contact them as funds will be needed to keep the project
Just click on the pics for
|The first photo
shows Jim Henderson fairing the frames near the stern in preparation for
||The next photo
shows how rapidly the frames change shape. It is
important that the frames are faired accurately so that the planks fit well
| This photo shows
the port side from bow to stern. Note the smooth rise of the sheer line as it
continues under the counter.
||This is a shot of
the main deck looking forward. Here one can see the 40 foot sheer clamp lying
on the 2x4 supports awaiting installation on the ship's frames.
next shot shows the starboard sheer clamp.
|This is a photo
of the starboard side looking aft. Here it is easy to see the fine lines
towards the stern post below the waterline and how they broaden out as they
rise to the transom area.
|| This is a
close-up of the lines in the stern and the amount of overhang and breadth of
the ship as the frames rise. The next shot is a similar view on the port
this stern shot we can see that most of the planking has been completed on the
underside. Next we see that several of the transom planks have been fitted for
installation at a later date. They help to enhance the appearance of the stern
where the various surfaces meet.
next three photos above further describe the fine details in this part of the
| The deck beam
shown in this shot is set up on a pair of saw horses. This one is the master
pattern to be used for the layout of all the deck beams for the upper decks. It
is designed on a 3 inch camber over a 13 foot span. The beams will be assembled
in pairs on each set of frames.
||Looking aft on
the port quarter the dramatic change in the shape of the frames is most
apparent. The width at the top of the photo is just over 12 feet while at the
stern post directly below it is only 6 inches.
photo with Bob Coes standing next to the stern presents a good relationship
with respect to the size of the replica at approximately 1/3 that of the full
size Marco Polo. The waterline is just below where the horn timber and the
stern post meet.
next three photos give a good overall view of the appearance and progress thus
last photo includes a display of posters that represent most of the sponsors
and contributors for our Replica of the Marco Polo. Their support and
contributions are greatly appreciated.
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