Wednesday, August 31, 2011
It was a big day at the Freight Shed today. The first two bents went up onto the knee-walls of the boat shed. With the help of many adult volunteers and Peter (student shipwright), Shipwright, Will West lifted each of the two bents, made up of two bows each and they were screwed to the knee-walls.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
|A knee-wall and a shovel|
|Part of the ditch|
|Courtney working on Maine Memory Network|
|Meggan with her new frame|
Blog post by Bianca and Courtney
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
|Trimming the ends of the bents|
|First Post Found at Pophan Colony|
(image from Maine Maritme Museum)
Vocabulary: Gusset- a bracket strengthening an angle of a structure.
Posted by Maine's First Ship VIRGINIA at 6:39 AM
Monday, August 22, 2011
|Transom for VIRGINIA|
Sorry for the lack of blog posts lately. Patti has been on vacation, many students began fall sports training which takes up part of the morning and we are trying to complete some demanding goals in the shop. Unfortunately, the progress in the shop has not been posted for a while, but I will try to catch you up to date.
|Floor of Two Frames|
We have four beautiful mid-ship frames all completed and ready to put on the keel. Will has been
|Bows Piled Ready to Construct Shed|
Courtney and Patti went crazy and got almost all of the twelve descriptions of the Popham artifacts written, which we will be putting on the Maine Memory Network. Courtney also presented some videos that have been made at the annual meeting on Saturday at the Freight Shed, which will be on upcoming posts.
Thanks for your patience,
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
|Trunnels in Frame|
|Getting the Measurements Correct|
For history today at first 120 people went to the new world. When December came around 70 people left. There were only 50 people by the time the VIRGINIA was built.
The vocabulary for the day is transom. It means the back of the boat.
Blog by Charles
Friday, August 12, 2011
Double sawn: When two pieces of wood are cut into the same shape and stacked on top of each other to make a stronger frame.
Loose futtox: a piece of wood nailed to planking so more planking can be put on.
History lesson: The original Virginia had a loose futtox design, but the new model will be completely double sawn.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
|The Busy Freight Shed|
History-Twenty people left on the Mary and John on October. Mary and John was the ship that brought supplies and many of the colonists. After the storehouse was finished the Mary and John was unloaded and she went back to England to continue with her work and go on another voyage. Yesterday, we said that 50 people left the colony in December to save supplies. Therefore, there must have been about 50 remaining colonists.
Trunnels- Trunnels are wooden nails that we are using in the frames. They got their name from "tree nails"
Blog by Mike
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
|Drilling Hole for Trunnel|
Vocabulary word for the day: truancy -Means to stay away from school or work with out permission. We’re not all showing up on time every day and that’s a problem so we brought up that subject today.
|Trunnel Up Close|
Blog Post by Kelsey Brick
Posted by Maine's First Ship VIRGINIA at 7:12 PM
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
|Curves of Frame #2|
There were people working on the frames for Virginia. One frame is completely finished, and another frame is almost done. Another group worked on the jig making more bows. We had visitors from our sister city in Japan. They came to the freight shed and were taught how to make grommets by Kelsey Brick.
History: A Bath built ship called the Cheeseborough was stranded in a storm off the coast of Japan. The
Japanese villagers saved them, creating our sister city. Every year
some people from Japan come to Bath, and some people from Maine go to Japan.
Vocabulary: Keelson-In wooden shipbuilding, a keelson is a piece of timber in a ship laid on the middle of the floor timbers over the keel, and binding the floor timbers to the keel.
Blog by Courtney Brooks
Monday, August 8, 2011
|First midship frame completed|
|Working on Second Frame|
|Twenty-eight Bows Completed|
Vocabulary: Stanchion Frames- The stanchion frames are a piece of the frame that will come out above the deck. We are going to run planks around them, which will keep us from falling of the boat.
Blog by Peter
Friday, August 5, 2011
|Cutting Futtock on Bandsaw|
|Futtocks for Frames|
The vocab of the day is clean up. We need to have a proper clean up every day. That includes closing and locking the doors. A lot of the tools need to be put up the correct way. If we don't, then the tools will get dull.
The history of the day is when Dr. Brian found the site he also found out how they made their huts. They used a method of waddle and daub. They would put posts in to the ground and weed saplings between the posts. Next they would cover it in mud. To top it all off was a thatch roof. That is just straw and grass woven together.
By Student Shipwright Charles
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
|Cutting Futtock for Frame|
|First Stage of Bow|
|Storehouse as shown on Fort St. George Map|
History: The first building that the colonists built was the storehouse for the supplies that the ship Mary and John brought over from England. Here is the drawing of the storehouse from John Hunt's map of Fort St. George, which was found in a Spanish museum.
Vocabulary: Futtocks- timbers forming the lower, more curved portion of the frame in a wooden hull.
Blog By Bianca D'Arcangelo and Patti
Monday, August 1, 2011
|Preparing to Cut a Frame Futtock|
|Rob Stevens, Shipwright, Making the Cut|
Everybody was very busy and working very hard today. One group of people worked on making more bows for the shed, others helped with frames for the Virginia. Another group was working on shaping the keel, which is an important step to building the Virginia. The first futtocks for VIRGINIA's mid-ship frames have been cut from some very large timbers. Everybody is working very well together and we are all getting a lot of work done. The media group made a preliminary plan for the Maine Memory Network Grant, which we received from the Maine Historical Society.
|Flipping the Keel for More Shaping|
Vocabulary: Tiller- A lever attached to a rudder to steer a boat.
Blog Post by Courtney Brooks