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My last of several Onrust posts was in December.  My first was almost a year and a half ago.  And several happened in between.  Don’t take my word for it, but a unique community has grown in the process of building this replica, a really unique community.  And Onrust–meaning restless– is more restless than even, given that we find ourselves at T-minus nine days before splash.  So if you’re interested in volunteering a day or two . . . .  read the end.  The figurehead … the vessel … has outgrown its womb–or chrysalis.  The vessel is ready to be berthed!

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Splash day is May 20 in Rotterdam Junction, New York, Mabee Farm.  In less than a fortnight, this made-to-order shed will be empty, its raison d’etre having left for the fluid, and for a June 6 rendezvous in the sixth boro, Manhattan.

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To the right of the hull is the port leeboard–or zwaarde–ready to be made function.

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Anti-fouling paint covers the portion that’ll go underwater, and primer now covers the portion of hull to be polychromatic.

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The rudder measures about 10 feetish  top to bottom.  By the way, the clearing behind the volunteers was made as perch for the splash-crane on May 20.  Unseen about 50′ behind the volunteers is the Mohawk River.

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Vessel designer Gerald de Weerdt here takes measurements today to attach rudder to hull via pintles and gudgeons.

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And the figurehead, poking through the plastic walls of the chrysalis certainly communicates that Onrust IS restless, a kicking foetus.

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If you can donate some time in the next week and a bit, call Greta:

Greta Wagle
Onrust Project Director
C 518 -248 -1395
W 518- 439-2096
Fax 518 -439-4052
ghwagle@nycap.rr.com

www.theonrust.com

It’s an opportunity to become part of this unique community.  All fotos taken today by Will Van Dorp.

PS:  When Onrust splashes on May 20, a tug will be in the Mohawk to “receive” it.

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