We are off to a
great start for the 2009 season. The turn out for repeat volunteers is
exceptional! The experience that they bring with them from past seasons working
on the Marco Polo Replica is helping to expand the amount of work we are able
to do. Bob tells us that since mid-May, he and his volunteers have installed
the sheer clamps and deck beams on the stern deck. They have also completed the
sub-decking and the stern planks. Bob scribed the deck lines along the bottom
of the deck houses and had them cut to fit the deck. They are now fastened in
Bob's photos, taken in late June, show some of the
progress during recent weeks.
Bob Coes Project Manager
We still need lots
of support to keep this project moving ahead, if you'd like to help us out with
a donation please contact Barry Ogden at 849-4650.
Just click on the pics for
|photo 1 Stern
shot with volunteers
||photo 2 Working
on deck beams
| photo 3 Stbd qtr
- view of deck beams and aft deck house - fastened in place.
||photo 4 P port
qtr shot showing detail of planking; forward end of sheer clamp and deck beams
fastened to frames
| photo 5 Checking
fit for deck beam on stern frame
||photo 6 Aft shot
of stern deck looking forward. Kevin Robertson (left) and Mark Brideau (right)
preparing for deck boards
|photo 7 Mid-deck
shot looking aft. Here one can see aft deck house fitted to stern bulkhead next
to stern deck.
||photo 8 Mark
Brideau (left), Kevin Robertson (right) in foreground. Ken Taylor (left),
Walter Colwell (right) at stern. They are setting up starting line for
| photo 9 Stern
|| photo 10 Jim
Henderson (left) and Dave Peters (right) at work on port side
|photo 11 Shot
from top of aft deck house looking over stern deck. Work on trimming deck
|| photo 12 Dave
and Jim are working on stern boards.
| photo 13 Boards
on transom completed.
|| photo 14
Starboard side shot showing stern area completed along with most planking.
Bob plans to
concentrate on the planking at the bow next. Soon, he and the volunteers will
expand their work to include the outer stem, rudder and cover board or bottom
Bob would like to take this opportunity to welcome
four new volunteers to the project this year: Ken Taylor Walter Colwell George
Goss and John Pickel They bring with them the enthusiasm and energy needed to
continue the success we are having in building the Marco Polo Replica. More
photos will follow in the next few weeks.
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