By Zach Simonson-Bond
Alright everyone, here's the quick update: We're almost finished with Phase 1 of Adventuress' Centennial Restoration!
Last week, Haven Boatworks brought in extra calkers to button up Adventuress' seams. They were characters! One of the calkers, Moose, helped to build the tall ships Exy and Irving Johnson. He had all sorts of great stories, lots of good calking advice, and an awesome history. I believe his father sailed with Irving Johnson.
Last Saturday, a determined contingent of volunteers spent the day going-over the calkers work with seam compound and cement. The calkers filled the seams with cotton and oakum, a very traditional method of sealing the planking. For added protection, our volunteers went over the calkers' work with seam compound for seams above the waterline and cement for seams below the waterline.
As for the plan for this week, there is lots left to be done. Asa, our engineer, is working to put through-holes in the engineers locker; the shipwrights are testing the new anchor configuration; and we're putting new concrete in the forepeak. We may also put the bowsprit back in place and start painting the hull!
Looking back on this project, it is really amazing how much was accomplished. As an organization, Sound Experience could not operate without its amazing volunteers; the amount of work that was completed this winter is testament to our volunteers' dedication. So thank you, Volunteers! Whether this was your first year or 20th, whether you stayed for months or an afternoon, we appreciate every single thing you have done for us, and every moment that you've cared for Adventuress. It has been such an honor to work with you all so far, and I look forward to working with you in the future!