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