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    Here are the latest photos sent to us from Mr. Bob Coes who's incharge of the construction phase of the project. Bob will be suppling the site with photos on the project as it develops. We've included Bobs explanation of the photos below.
   Be sure to check back often in the coming months, we hope to have lots to show.

December /2005
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The four photos in the first group show 36 pairs of frames assembled and stored ready to be erected on a steel platform. The majority of assembled pairs are stored flat off to the left. A lesser amount are standing up against pulp bales, while one is lying on the framing platform. Ken Kincade volunteered to help me with the layout and assembly which took place in early November. Because of the assembled size it requires two people to do the work. Note that the 2x4 cross piece in each assembly is temporary. Only the two frames and the 2x8 which fits into the rabbit joints are permanent in each assembly. The 2x4's will be removed after most of the planks are fastened to the frames and just prior to the installation of the deck beams. For now the 2x4's add support and insure that the frame assembly maintains its proper shape.
The four photos in this email were taken today, Dec 20/05. The steel in the photos was donated by Ocean Steel. It was delivered just after 9:30 this morning and offloaded by Logistec, a stevedoring company at the Saint John Port. A special thank you to Ocean Steel for their consultation, fabrication and delivery of the steel required for the support foundation for the Marco Polo hull. Logistec has offered to assist with any lifting needed at the job site. Without the assistance of companies like these we would not be able to continue with the project. At a later date the steel beams will be assembled in the space in front of where they are now. They will be fastened in a manner that will allow them to support the 'floors' (2x8 joists) and to keep the entire assembly level. The beam sizes are 40ft, 20ft, 10ft, and 3ft. The combined weight is approximately 3600lbs. The steel foundation, when assembled will be 10ft by 58ft. The bow and stern sections will extend beyond the 58ft length to an overall length of 67ft on deck. The next stage of the project will begin to show the ship take on a three-dimensional shape.

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