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Boat Making Apprentice program

On April 10, 2009 my son David and I went to the St Michaels Maritime Museum which is on the Chesapeake Bay. In their Boat shop they have an apprentice program where you build a boat on Sat and Sundays. As many people that show up work on the boat. It may take a period of months to finish the boat. You don't have to go every day in the weekend or every week.

The Museum web site.

The Apprentice program.

Notice the price on the completed boats.

The current boat under construction.

It is modeled after this boat.

This is another boat that is completed.

The row boat that was used in the movie "Failure to Launch" with Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker, where they were in a row boat on a small lake was made in the apprentice program at the museum and was sold to a buyer in California. It hung off the roof of the boat house for a couple of years before the buyer picked it up.
some day…i would like to have the skills to make a small boat…we have a nice litlle river with some great scenery in this little valley…sounds like a very cool way to learn and help…

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The Boat Yard

On April 10, 2009 my son David and I went to the St Michaels Maritime Museum, in St Michaels MD. It is on the Chesapeake Bay. As part of the conservation effort in the museum they rebuild wooden boats that have fallen in disarray. They rebuild them and may add them to their active collection or rebuild it for an owner.

Here is the current boat under restoration. The Caleb W. Jones. When completed it will return to an active boat to dredge oysters in the bay and also educate the public through fields trips on the bay.

The side planks are removed except for this one.

Holes were cut in the bottom to put in new bracing so that a new deck floor can be installed and keep rain from flowing into the the bottom when it gets started.

The bottom has these planks that will be replaced.

The nails in the sides are hand cut nails.

This is the top side of the boat as seen from the lighthouse.

A couple of boats that have been restored and are in their collection.

those are NAILS…wow…cool series…

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The lighthouse

On April 10, 2009 my son David and i went to the St Michaels Maritime Museum in St Michaels, MD. It is on the Chesapeake Bay.

They have a lighthouse that originally was in the bay but it has been removed. Because of the advances in boat electronics and GPS positioning, lighthouses are becoming obsolete.

This is the Hooper Straight Lighthouse that was in the Bay.

The only two pictures that I took in the lighthouse were the workbench and a table.

This is the lens that is in the top of the lighthouse.

It was lit by a flame from some mineral oil. It originally used fuel oil but in some testing it was determined that the mineral oil gave a brighter light.

Sorry I failed to take a picture of the lighthouse itself.

it had three water storage tanks that were made with wooden slats. The water to fill them came from rain water that ran off the roof. The spigot at the bottom dropped it's dripping water into a funnel in the floor that dropped the water into the bay.

Boats borough supplies once a month. Everything but food. The food was bought by the lighthouse keeper from a food allowance that was given to him and he had to bring it himself.
we stayed at Pigeon Pt. lighthouse near Santa Cruz CA a couple years ago--they turned the grounds in to a youth hostel…and it was great…

Good stuff karson!!!
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