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Here were the previous posts, the last one being in April. On June 11, I took the photo below, and since then had not been back until yesterday. Note how far along the Bayonne Bridge was on that date, as well
Here’s a closer up of the rigging on June 11.
Now let’s jump forward to yesterday, August 15. Note where the crane barge
Claude G. Forbes started the morning, and
and check the progressing in rigging, compared with photo #2 above.
Yard tug Jay Bee V came out to
reposition the barge. Note the mizzen on the background.
Then the crane pivoted around and
the block was lowered and
straps added and
all systems checked and
then slowly tensioned. One end of the mast lifted from off the deck
BUT then it was lowered. I waited around for an hour more, but then had other places to be. I’ll have to pick up the Wavertree story another time.
Since I mentioned the Bayonne Bridge–its own process–here’s what the work looks like as of August 15 from over off the west end of Caddell Dry Dock .. . aka ex-Blissenbach Marina now known as Heritage Park, which in my opinion, should have foliage trimmed so as to be more user friendly for land-based photographers.
Thanks to everyone who braved the heat last night and came to the showing of Graves of Arthur Kill. Special thanks to those wizards who problem-solved our way through the technical challenges, except I had brought along an antepenultimate version . . . and sorry I didn’t have a chance to talk with everyone there. What you want–prepare for an explicit commercial message here– is this version, which Gary and I call “the director’s cut,” available for a mere $11.99.
While I’m doing “commercials,” here’s an opportunity for the right people to sail offshore on South Street Seaport Museum’s 1893 fishing schooner, up to Gloucester for the 2016 schooner races, or back, or some portion thereof. Click here for some of the many Lettie G. Howard posts I’ve done over the years.
All photos here by Will Van Dorp.
Below was she on March 10. While I was away, she was refloated.
Below is March 19. To my surprise, the masts had been unstepped.
And below was yesterday, April 17, the day when Executive Director of South Street Seaport Museum, Jonathan Boulware, conducted a tour of the work in progress. Any errors in this reportage are due to my having forgotten my pen and pad.
Since the masts–at up to 20 tons each, if I heard that right–were unstepped, their cleanup and refurbishment has begun.
The underside of the whaleback shows the details of work already completed.
This is the interior of the upper stern, looking to starboard.
Access to the cargo areas during the tour was forward.
I’m eager to see what work gets done to the bowsprit. Check out this post (and scroll) from many years ago when Frank Hanavan and I put fresh paint on that bowsprit.
Wavertree had a tweendeck back in 1895, when she called briefly in the sixth boro, which you can read about here (scroll). In the photo below, you are looking through a hatch in the tweendeck down into the main cargo hold.
And here is the main payload space, the cathedral of cargo, looking toward the stern. On a modern vessel, this would be divided into watertight compartments.
I can’t say this is the manufacturer, but this is the concept–as I understand it–for this ballast.
Mainmast will be restepped here.
Here Jonathan explains the spar work.
When the project is completed, all these spars will be aloft and potentially functional.
This cross section of a spar shows the lamination of the wood. Some of these products are provided–I believe–by Unalam.
Here are some of the finer spars, along
with the directions for re-assembly.
Work going on in the rigging shed included stripping off the old coatings and recovering the high quality old wire of the standing rigging.
Worming, parcelling, and serving protects the wire and produces such sweet smells of pine tar.
Many thanks to South Street Seaport Museum for offering this work progress tour. Any errors here are unintentional and mine.
All photos by Will Van Dorp, who thinks anyone who hasn’t read A Dream of Tall Ships by the late great Peter Stanford would really enjoy the saga of Wavertree‘s arrival in the sixth boro as told in that book.
Remember the logic in this series is . . . the first pic of the month and the last pic of the month . . .
Early September found me still along the Acushnet . . . Malena–as of this writing–is in Sierra Leone, having bounced around the Caribbean since departing New Bedford.
By September’s end, Wavertree was slathered in a beautiful red primer.
Early October . . . that’s North Star off the Orient Point, and Plum Gut, with Plum Island in the background.
Late October . . . a conversation led to an invitation to tour iMTT Bayonne and see Marion Moran at the tug fuel station from the waterside. I still need to post about that.
November . . . and Med Sea bound for the Sound and beyond.
Joyce D. Brown going back to the kills.
And late in the month, my only view of Patty Nolan, on the hard in Verplanck. Click here for some of many posts on the 1931 Patty.
Early December . . .it’s mild and I decided to experiment with some color separation on Margaret Moran. Click here for a post from seven-plus years ago with Margaret Moran . . .
And since December has not yet ended, I will post this in its incomplete state, with the promise of a “last December 2015” post yet to come.
This is my last post for 2015. Happy New Year. May it be peaceful and safe.
Picking up this retrospective post with the beginning of May 2015, it’s a nearly 40-year-old and tired Barents Sea, waiting then as now for what’ll likely be a “fish habitat” future.
Here’s first glimpse of an early June trip I’ve never reported on via this blog. More on this vessel will appear soon–currently working in the Dominican Republic. The red vessel in the distance is F. C. G. Smith, a Canadian Coast Guard survey boat.
Eastern Dawn pushes Port Chester toward the Kills.
I’m omitting a lot from my account here;
The end of July brought me back to the south bank of the KVK watching Joyce D. Brown go by. July was a truly trying month . . is all I’ll say for now.
In early August Wavertree awaited the next step into its rehab, and I
made a gallivanting stop in New Bedford, a place I’d not visited in too long.
All photos by will Van Dorp.
Here are previous posts in this series. All photos below come compliments of Mike Weiss and were taken on September 24, i.e., about a month after Wavertree rose out of the water on Caddell Dry Dock No. 6.
Rather than a very satisfying sifting through the index above, you can read a short history of Wavertree here.
Many thanks, Mike.
Time to renew your South Street Seaport Museum membership?
It takes the right light to see things you don’t otherwise see, like raised lettering.
Pelham goes back quite a long time.
It’s good to see her at work.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
I got there JUST in time. A few minutes after I arrived, lines were cast off, and the yard tug moved the bow into the stream. What’s to comment . . . I’ll just put the times, to the nearest minute.
Here the yard tug–L W Caddell is moving lines from the dry dock to Wavertree.
And then it was lunch time.
Here you see the dry dock “ballasting” . . . or sinking.
Note the “wet” portion of the dry dock as it rises, or “deballasts.”
Note the size of the workers relative to the hull.
The next step is pressure washing the communities that traveled on the hull from the East River to the KVK.
Here Wavertree will stay through the winter as she goes through a thorough and exciting transformation. Become a member and send your own “bravo” to all the folks at South Street Seaport for all the strides in the right direction. See here and here.
Tomorrow I hit the road for New England for a while. I will try to post, but my laptop has become quite uncooperative.
First, notice the Tugboat Roundup logo upper left? Click on it for the schedule; I’ll be giving an illustrated talk “1500 Miles on the Erie Canal” Saturday and Sunday.
Also, if you are in Boston this Sunday, Maine Sail Freight will be at Long Wharf in Boston with pallets of products from farm and sea. Click here for a link to other sail freight initiatives around the world. Here’s more on that project; a change is that schooner Adventure rather than Harvey Gamage will be transporting.
Here’s a list of previous Wavertree posts. This post could be called Wavertree down rig, a slow and careful process that is best seen chronologically.
August 2. The rigging remained this way through the morning of the 14th.
August 14. Birk Thomas took the next two.
August 20. I got here while the osprey was still on watch . . .
and looking in control of his realm, but
a bit later, the riggers’ watch began and
the osprey left his station to them, who undid his perch
and on August 23, when I got there, el gran velero aka dirty dog aka Wavertree was stripped down and
a lot closer to being hoisted in dry dock.
I’m guessing triage of spars will happen and what goes back up will be refurbished before going back aloft.
Thanks to Nelson Chin for the photo below, showing a sampling of spars, now all labeled, waiting to go back up next summer.
Thanks to Birk for the August 14 photos and Nelson for the photo directly above; all others by Will Van Dorp.
Here are posts about Wavertree’s trip to the dry dock and before. And below are two photos I hadn’t used in those posts.
In the past 10 weeks, prep for the actual dry docking has resulted in loss of at least a foot and a half of draft. Mussels once submerged have lost their habitat.
Let’s descend into through the forward cargo hatch to see where a cavernous hold is getting even more cavernous.
Note the ladder beyond the foremast, as seen from standing to starboard of the keelson.
Looking to the stern from the ‘tween decks. As Mike Weiss said, “a cathedral of cargo.”
Looking astern from atop a makeshift block of ballast on the port side of vessel. That’s the main cargo hatch prominent in the center of the photo. My response to Mike’s quote is “an ark of angled wrought iron.”
This is how the skeleton of a 130-year-old vessel looks.
Looking toward the rudder post from the ‘tween decks.
Returned to the main deck looking forward at the cargo hatches.
Removal of extraneous and/or non-original weight has included belgian block and large concrete block ballast. This water tank may be original
And here are the credits.
Many thanks to Mike Weiss and South Street Seaport Museum for the tour; click on that link for membership info. August promises to be more prep work for dry docking.
All photos by Will Van Dorp.
Click here for CSM article about the 1983 initial and partial restoration of Wavertree.