For the first time in decades, there are schooners 'abuilding on the famed waterfront at Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada. Dawson Moreland & Associates are building not just one, but two 48' wooden schooners in the best of Maritime traditions. These 'twins' will be built simultaneously, frame for frame, plank for plank, alongside the historic Lunenburg Dory Shop at 175 Bluenose Drive. Follow their progress from keel laying to launch!

An artist's interpretation of the Twin Schooner Project

Friday, March 4, 2011

Deck planks

We've fallen down a bit on posts to this blog lately. Seemed to happen right after Captain Dan left us (maybe we all needed a holiday?). Actually a lot of it has to do with the weather and the fact that while our schooner builders are hardcore, enduring all manner of snow, rain and blood-chilling cold, our photographer is kind of wimpy and likes her nice warm office.

This last week has been particularly tough for the building gang. Monday afternoon brought a quick and dirty snowstorm, followed by desperate deep cold. "The worst week yet," says Dave. Not that he's complaining; he never does. You just see him rub his hands together a bit more often.

But today it's Friday, sunny and finally above freezing, and most of the gang is outside working on the deck planking; the exception being Jay who is building hatches inside The Dory Shop. The wood being used for the decks of these twin schooners is Determa, a very stable and durable South American wood.

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