Launching the Lewis H. Story

One thing about living where I do is the chance to photograph some really cool stuff! A few years ago I followed the building of the schooner Ardelle by master shipwright Harold Burnham. It was a great experience and it connected me with the heritage of our area like no other photographic experience ever has. The Essex Ship Building Museum has as it’s flagship the chebacco boat Lewis H. Story which is a replica of a traditional coastal fishing boat from the mid 1800’s. The museum and it’s volunteers started doing some much needed repairs a couple of years ago and they finished up the project this spring. Hence the launch this past Saturday. If I get a chance I will re-post some shots I made of them doing the renovation. Here is the take of images, warning there are quite a few. The first operation before the launch was to step the main mast.

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Master shipwright Harold Burnham, right, and lead shipwright Dave Brown look things over before stepping the mast into place on the chebacco boat Lewis H. Story before launching at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum Saturday, June 3, 2017.
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Volunteer shipwrights gather around the newly renovated chebacco boat Lewis H. Story before stepping the mast at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum Saturday, June 3, 2017.
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Volunteer shipwrights pull the mast into place aboard the chebacco boat Lewis H. Story before readying her for launching at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum Saturday, June 3, 2017.
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Harold Burnham checks the mast as it goes into place.

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Volunteer shipwrights load the mast onto the chebacco boat Lewis H. Story before readying her for launching at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum Saturday, June 3, 2017.

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Volunteer shipwrights steady the mast in place aboard the chebacco boat Lewis H. Story before launching at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum Saturday, June 3, 2017.

The next thing to be done was to organize 60 volunteers to pull the boat into place and line it up for launching.

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Lead shipwright Dave Brown directs sixty volunteers in pulling the chebacco boat Lewis H. Story into position for launching at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum Saturday, June 3, 2017.
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Sixty volunteers lend a hand in pulling the chebacco boat Lewis H. Story into position for launching at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum Saturday, June 3, 2017.
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Shipwright Zach Teal belays the chebacco boat Lewis H. Story as it makes it’s way to the water while launching at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum Saturday, June 3, 2017.

Rollers were placed under the cradle the boat was sitting on and then expert launching shipwrights like Harold Burnham used sledge hammers to knock them into the direction they wanted the boat to turn.

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Master shipwright Harold Burnham checks the direction of the chebacco boat Lewis H. Story while launching at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum Saturday, June 3, 2017.
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Lead shipwright Dave Brown makes sure the chebacco boat Lewis H. Story is lined up while launching at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum Saturday, June 3, 2017.
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Volunteer shipwrights push the chebacco boat Lewis H. Story into position during it’s launching at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum Saturday, June 3, 2017.
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Harold Burnham and Dave Brown let the crowd know the boat is about to hit the water and to clear the area.
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The chebacco boat Lewis H. Story hits the water after almost two years of renovation at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum Saturday, June 3, 2017.
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