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Schoolship Update

The below decks carpentry on the 1812 Gunboat Schooner Porcupine is mostly complete with all the fixed bunks, bulkheads, head doors, storage cabinet doors and drawers, sole, and ceilings in. The seven tanks are in place – two for water, two for fuel, and three holding tanks including one for grey-water. The rudder is installed. The two layers of plywood sub-deck are cut to fit and ready for permanent installation. The USCG Marine Safety Center inspectors were here recently with the shipwright and naval architect and they like the project, are pleased with the progress, and are very complimentary about the quality of the craftsmanship!

Below decks on the Porcupine, looking aft

The mahogany rudder has bronze rods in it running fore and aft. Stainless steel straps welded to the rudder post are riveted in place with bronze and let-in flush with the mahogany.

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