Apprenticeshop Whaleboat Project
Invited to participate in the restoration of the Charles W. Morgan in 2012, the Apprenticeshop will replicate the Leonard Boatshop's design. Apprentices Daniel Kreisher, Kirk Folk, Simon Jack, Tim Jacobus (project leader) and Chris Konecky completed the lofting phase of the whaleboat with help from the plans on loan from MIT's Hart Nautical Collection. These apprentices will see the project through to it's completion with an anticipated local launch in Rockland on June 14, 2013. The whaleboat's second launch, aboard the Morgan, is scheduled for July 2013.
Since winter break the Apprenticeshop completed; fitting the interior, forward and aft decks; installing all thwart sand support knees; completed main support timbers for the mast tabernacle, rudder and tiller; and poured the lead ballast in the centerboard. Projected completion of hull fittings is April 1, 2013. Spars, oars and sails are still to be fabricated.
See photos of the whaleboat progress here.
About the Apprenticeshop
Since 1972, the Apprenticeshop has been dedicated to inspiring personal growth through craftsmanship, community and traditions of the sea. Located on the waterfront in Rockland, Maine, the Apprenticeshop offers programming for youth and adults that ranges from two hours to two years. Students of all ages come to the Apprenticeshop from around the world to learn traditional boat building skills, sailing and maritime arts. Inspired by the philosophy of experiential Kurt Hahn, and his own experiences in education and Outward Bound, Lance Lee started the Apprenticeshop within the complex of the Main Maritime Museum, in Bath, Maine. Lee felt, as Hahn did, that education should encourage both thought and action simultaneously, not one or the other. Today, as a nonprofit organization, the Apprenticeshop is recognized as one of the finest and oldest traditional boat building schools in the country.