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This spring 2018, Edna’s hull was finished and her whiskey plank installed. After that, attention turned to the deck, where the main and cargo cabins were rebuilt. Most of the deck planking was in good shape, so shipwrights only needed to replace roughly 12 feet of her king plank and less than 10 percent of her deck planks. The deck was caulked (with oakum on cotton), and coats of paint are starting to build up.
The hull was also faired, and coats of paint applied. The outer stems on both bow and stern were fabricated and installed. In the summer, shipwrights and apprentices rebuilt the gammon knee (chicken beak), caulked planks, and installed the rudder, steering gear, stepping masts, and rigging.
Above Edna’s log section sits 2-inch yellow pine planking fastened to 5-inch double-sawn white oak frames. The existing fasteners were steel square boat nails, which are very effective but are not conducive to future restoration work, as they are permanently installed. For this reason, it is common CBMM practice to fasten with Frearson head bronze screws for ease of maintenance.
- Image:Image Description:Shipwrights and apprentices work on Edna's gammon knee, referred to locally as her "chicken beak."