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Nine months has brought lots of progress to the Onrust project near Schenectady.  Onrust was first decked vessel built entirely in North America . . . and in Manhattan. Technically, it’s a yacht, which in original Dutch means “hunting,”  i.e., a fast pursuit vessel designed to chase pirates.

Compare the juxtaposed shots from January and October 2008.  New Netherlands Routes vessel is due to launch late spring 2009.

Above is January 08 and below is October.  Note the blackened wood:  curves in white oak result from fire-bending technique contemporaneous with original Onrust construction.

Closeup of a wooden scupper.  All 4000 metals bolts need to be replaced by treenails.

Bow in January 08 and …

October 08.

Deck looking forward in January and …

deck looking forward now.

Current deck looking aft and …

stern in January looking in.

The hold now looking aft, with Elizabeth showing scale.

If you’re looking for an interesting view of a fascinating newbuild/replica project, contact New Netherlands routes and go see, just west of Schenectady on the banks of the Mohawk.

All images here by Will Van Dorp.

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