Shipwrights and apprentices at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, USA, have identified all nine of the loblolly pine logs to be used in the log-hull restoration of the historic 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood.
“We’re very excited to have the final logs selected for this once-in-a-lifetime restoration,” said CBMM Boatyard Manager Michael Gorman. “Things are really starting to come together.”
The team is restoring CBMM’s queen of the fleet and National Historic Landmark Edna E. Lockwood by replacing her nine-log hull, in adherence to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Vessel Preservation. Shipwright apprentices working on the project are generously supported by the Seip Family Foundation and the RPM Foundation. All work takes place in full public view at CBMM’s waterfront campus on the Miles River in St. Michaels, Md., now and through until 2018.
In March 2016, 16 loblolly yellow pine logs measuring more than 3-foot in diameter and over 55-foot long were delivered to CBMM after a two-year search, thanks to a very generous donation by Paul M. Jones Lumber Co. of Snow Hill, Md. With transportation costs of the logs underwritten by individual donors, the pine logs were trucked to St. Michaels by Johnson Lumber of Easton, Md., and submerged in the Miles River for preservation.
In late 2016, the logs were moved onto the sawmill and rough-shaped as the crew began to identify which logs would be selected for the hull. “It was very important to us to choose the right logs for this project,” Gorman said. “We were looking for old trees with tight grain, and we’re really happy with our results so far.”
Shipwrights and apprentices are now preparing moulds for the outside shape of Edna’s hull, constructing her three cabins inside the boatshop, and continuing to shape and pin logs. The beginnings of the hull are on display now in the boatyard. Through spring 2017, the new log hull will be assembled and the original four frames present in the bugeye will be located and installed to reinforce the hull.
When the restoration is complete, Edna will be placed on the marine railway and re-launched at CBMM’s OysterFest in 2018.
Built in 1889 by John B. Harrison on Tilghman Island for Daniel W. Haddaway, Edna Lockwood dredged for oysters through winter, and carried freight—such as lumber, grain, and produce—after the dredging season ended. She worked faithfully for many owners, mainly out of Cambridge, Md., until she stopped “drudging” in 1967. In 1973, Edna was donated to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum by John R. Kimberly.
Recognized as the last working oyster boat of her kind, Edna Lockwood was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1994. Edna is the last historic sailing bugeye in the world. More about the project, including progress videos, is at ednalockwood.org.
Top: Shipwrights and apprentices at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum work on a spare piece of loblolly pine just behind 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood
Centre: All nine of the loblolly pine logs needed to replace the hull of Edna E. Lockwood have been selected and shaped at the Museum
Left: Museum shipwrights and apprentices use adzes to hand shape one of the nine logs selected for the historic restoration of the 1889 bugeye