Here are the
latest photos sent to us from Bob Coes, Project Manager taken on July 30/06.
This group of pictures focuses primarily on the forward section of the ship.
Bob Coes and his volunteers have been busy working on the bow stem, forward
frames, and steam box. As well, other important details must be addressed prior
to the planking process. It is our goal to begin planking the hull in two to
Be sure to check back often in the coming
months, we hope to have lots to show.
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photo shows Brad Matthews standing next to the newly raised bow stem. The
vertical height is just under 12 feet. The stem was cut from a piece of clear
tamarack with a cross-section 8 inches square. This stem weighs approximately
The next three photos show various
perspectives of the stem and the space left to be framed in. The last shot in
this group, taken below deck looking forward, shows how the frames steadily
close in on the stem near the waterline. The previous photos show these frames
at almost the same width as the beam near the 14 foot waterline.
|This photo shows
Ken Sparks standing next to the steam box which he built over a two day period.
The planks for the box are a full 2 x 12 inches by 16 feet long. Ken built
press fit covers for both ends to allow for easy access and to eliminate the
need to turn the box around. He also built the stands and the extensions for
raising the box from either end. The hose attachments and pins for the planks
will be installed later.
||The next shot was
taken at a distance to show for the first time the approximate on-deck length
of 67 feet from stem to stern. The following photo, while including the whole
framework, focuses mainly on the bow area.
|Gary Le Blanc is
shown checking the procedure for chiseling the rabbet joint on the after edge
of the stem. This process will take place prior to the stem receiving the plank
after fitting. Bob Coes, along with Gary and Brad, raised the stem into
position August 11. Klaus Klausen, of Wolseley Industrial Products Group, was
present to witness the event.
our most senior volunteer, drops by our work site often to check on our
progress and to offer valuable advice. As a young man in his thirties, Joseph
worked in boatyards on the Gaspe' building fishing draggers of approximately
the same size as our replica. He has experience planking, caulking, and
rigging. Joseph is shown in this photo with a ship's wheel which he made of
solid oak. He is donating the wheel for the helm of the Marco Polo. On behalf
of all those involved with the project, thank you very much Joseph.
|Gary LeBlanc is
shown in the centre of this next photo. On his right is his brother Dave who is
the Mechanical and Millwright Superintendent for Comstock Canada Ltd. in Saint
John. On his left is Barry Sullivan. Barry is the Pipe Fitter Superintendent
for the same company. They became interested in our project after listening to
Gary describe some ideas which both he and Bob were discussing regarding the
support for the hull and the masts. Bob Coes contacted Dave and invited him to
visit our work site. Both Dave and Barry dropped by August 17 to see the hull
and to look over the plans and our ideas. Barry has offered, on behalf of
Comstock Canada Ltd., to fabricate and donate the mast steps, mast collars, and
hull brackets for the Marco Polo Replica. These components play a crucial role
in the support of the hull as an integral part of the steel platform. The mast
supports will provide the same function when the masts are stepped after the
ship is moved to its permanent location. The drawings needed to build these
supports will be prepared by Bob Coes. Thanks to Barry, Dave, and Comstock
Canada Ltd. for their interest and support.
|| The posters in
this photo represent several of the companies and organizations that have
contributed to the realization of the Marco Polo project. Although not shown on
our display board, Gary Quigg, representative for North Safety Products Ltd.,
recently donated hardhats, safety vests, first aid supplies.These products,
used daily, are greatly appreciated.
Les Jones, representative for Irwin
Industrial Tools, also marketed through Wolseley Canada in Saint John, stopped
by August 9 to present us with twenty 6" C-clamps. These clamps are needed
especially in the planking process, but will prove to be very useful in other
procedures as well. Thanks to Les and Irwin Industrial Tools for their support.
| The next bow shot was taken August 18. It shows
frame assemblies #42 and #43 installed. #43 is the first assembly to be
installed on the bow stem. Gary and Ken both assisted Bob with the installation
of these frames. Only frame assemblies #44 and #45 are left to complete the
framing process. They will also be fitted to the stem at progressively higher
| The last two shots in this group of photos are
close-ups of frame assembly #43 at the base of the bow stem. Here one can see
the slot cut in the bottom of the stem. This feature allows the stem to set
over the beam as opposed to on it. Once the stem is joined to #42 assembly it
will have longitudinal stability as well as the lateral stability provided by
the slot in its base.
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