December 2021

As we come to the end of the year we can reflect that despite all the delays forced upon us by Covid we have this year made solid progress in the construction of the Ship. The latest stage in this has been the setting up of the sternpost and the fastening of this to the…

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November 2021

After the great progress made last month, November has seen a return to the steady work of checking the bevel angles on the keel and underloutes and hollowing out the insides of these to give an inside surface parallel to the outside. This is so the roves attached the garboard planking sit square to the…

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October 2021

Having begun to set up the molds on the backbone last month, we have continued through October to work towards the completion of the backbone of the ship. Both the forward and aft underloutes (the extensions to the keel which begin the curve up into the stem and the sternpost) have been completed and the…

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September 2021

If you look into the river end door of the Longshed you will see a very different view to that seen this time last month, and it might seem that a great deal of progress has been made. However, this is typical of boatbuilding where months of preparation might be required and then, all of…

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August 2021

August has been a busy month and it has really begun to feel that we are back in business and progressing the build of the Ship on all fronts. This report aims to bring you up-to-date with the progress made so far.  A number of volunteers have returned to the Longshed, with more to come,…

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July 2021

This month we have continued to work on the keel and underloutes. The keel is nearly complete, just requiring scarfs to be cut on each end in order that it can be mated to the corresponding scarfs on the underloutes. Unfortunately, due to a large knot in the centre of the keel which was identified…

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May 2021

Following the successful delivery of the keel and available backbone timbers on 18th April, work has commenced to shape these in preparation for assembling and setting up the backbone. Covid restrictions, whilst now being eased, still require us to limit the number of volunteers in the Longshed.   The ‘molds’ – temporary softwood frames to…

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ladder for the chainsaw mill

March 2021

As we continue the behind-the-scenes planning to return to working in the Longshed we have, at last, been able to commence preparatory work on the timbers for the backbone of the ship. Some time ago we took the decision to saw blanks for the keel and posts (from the logs that were delivered in January).…

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February 2021

This month progress on the build has been very limited because of lockdown restrictions.  This report is about essential work that we are doing to source wood for the hull, frame and oars that will make the ship a strong, seaworthy vessel. Readers of previous posts will know that we already have already obtained a…

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January 2021

Unfortunately, lockdown has again slowed our progress.  However with the arrival of two logs for the backbone we are in a good position finally to begin the build of the Ship as restrictions ease. We have lofted (drawn full scale) the stem and stern posts which will enable new patterns to be taken for the…

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lofting and frames

December 2020

As the year comes to a close we are back in the Longshed and continuing to make progress, with restricted numbers of volunteers. Whilst we wait for delivery of the keel logs we have lofted the design stations of the hull to full-size (that means drawn out full scale plans) and begun making molds to…

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November 2020

Planking the 12′ section The floor for trying out rowing positions in the 12′ section Trying an oar in the 12’section Chopping willow 12 foot midships model Since we returned to operations in the Longshed at the beginning of August we have continued training and preparation to begin the actual build of the ship.  Covid…

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