Shipwrights start next phase of Edna Lockwood restoration

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Boatyard Manager Michael Gorman reports that a major step has been made in the historic restoration of 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood, with her existing topsides lifted by crane to sit directly above her new nine-log hull. Edna Lockwood represents the last of her kind, as the oldest historic log-hull bugeye still under sail.

In mid-September, the topsides were successfully transferred to sit just above the new hull, which shipwrights finished shaping earlier this year. At the same time, Edna’s original 1889 hull was moved to the other side of CBMM’s campus, where it will eventually be put on display.

The next phase in the restoration will see shipwrights begin the process of marrying the two sections of the boat, and jacking the bottom up to meet frames. New stems, hatches, additional structure will also be installed this fall, and sails will be sent out to have new ones made.

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 through 2018, when Edna will be placed on the marine railway and launched at CBMM’s OysterFest in October.

Edna E. Lockwood: Top to Bottom!

For the past four decades, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MD has been maintaining and restoring the historic 1889 bugeye, Edna E. Lockwood. September 20, 2017 was a banner headline day in that process. Edna's hull, which was restored at the museum in the late 1970s, was taken off her original 128-year-old bottom and put atop a new bottom built by shipwrights at the museum. The old bottom will be on permanent display at the museum. Edna's restoration will continue until the fall of 2018 when she will set sail again during Oysterfest.

Video by Sandy Cannon-Brown

Edna’s new hull takes shape

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Boatyard Manager Michael Gorman reports work continues on the historic restoration of 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood, with each of the nine-logs making up her new hull pinned together and shipwrights fitting chunks in her bow and stern over the summer. Edna Lockwood represents the last of her kind, as the oldest historic log-hull bugeye still under sail.

It was a busy spring in the boatyard, with the hull flipped via crane in April and the two wing logs pinned to the rest of the assembled hull in May. In July, the hull was moved around the boatyard to sit directly next to Edna E. Lockwood in preparation for the next steps in her restoration. In September, Edna’s topside will be moved to the new hull so shipwrights can begin to marry the two, an important step in the restoration project. New stems, hatches, additional structure will be installed this fall, and sails will be sent out to have new ones made.

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 through 2018, when Edna will be placed on the marine railway and launched at CBMM’s OysterFest in October.

Flipping Edna's Hull

It was bottom's up on April 11, 2017, for the Edna E. Lockwood, the last historic bugeye to sail the Chesapeake Bay. Shipwrights at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MD, are replacing the hull of the grand old lady so she can once again sail the Bay. Restoration will continue until the fall of 2018, when she will be ceremonially launched during the annual Oysterfest.

Video by Sandy Cannon-Brown

Edna E. Lockwood: Bottoms Up!

Shipwrights at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MD are restoring the log-built hull of the historic bugeye Edna E. Lockwood. Built in 1889 on Tilghman Island, Edna is so important and rare that she was named a National Historic Landmark. The restoration will be completed by October 2018 when Edna sets sail again during Oysterfest 2018 at the museum. The public is invited to come watch her restoration in progress.

Video by Sandy Cannon-Brown

Nine logs identified for Edna E. Lockwood restoration

(ST MICHAELS, MD – January 17, 2017) Shipwrights and apprentices at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum have identified all nine of the loblolly pine logs to be used in on the 2016-2018 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 through 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. This fall, 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.”

Over the rest of the winter, shipwrights and apprentices will be preparing molds 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.

Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a world-class maritime museum dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and people of the entire Chesapeake Bay, with the values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. Serving more than 75,000 guests each year, CBMM’s campus includes a floating fleet of historic boats and 12 exhibition buildings, situated in a park-like, waterfront setting along the Miles River and St. Michaels’ harbor. For more information, visit cbmm.org.

Progress Update - Cutting and Shaping Logs

This fall, logs have been moved onto the sawmill and rough shaped as the crew begins to identify which will be a part of the Edna E. Lockwood's new hill. Over the winter, logs will continue to be shaped and pinned together with traditional tools, like the adze. By the end of 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. Visit CBMM in St. Michaels, Md., to watch as the progress unfolds. 

Edna E. Lockwood lifted from Railway

On Wednesday, May 4, 2016, the historic 1889 log bottom bugeye Edna E. Lockwood was moved by crane off of the marine railway and up on the hard in preparation of the historic restoration of her nine-log hull. Come see the queen of the fleet and the logs that will replace her hull at CBMM and learn more at ednalockwood.org.

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Edna Lockwood - Stepping Masts, Moving Edna

Highlights from the Edna Lockwood Restoration Symposium

On March 10-11, 2016, we hosted a symposium of historic vessel preservation experts, allowing a detailed examination of proposed procedures and recommendations for the restoration of Edna E Lockwood. Symposium experts were:

·      John Brady, President, Independence Seaport Museum

·      Todd Croteau, Historic American Engineering Record, National Park Service

·      Richard Dodds, Curator of Maritime History, Calvert Marine Museum

·      John England, Head Shipwright, Deltaville Maritime Museum

·      Quentin Snediker, Shipyard Director, Mystic Seaport Museum

·      George Surgent, Head Shipwright, Calvert Marine Museum

Our principal take-aways from the forum were:

1.     Fundamentally, our approach of assembling new logs separately, cutting the bottom off the existing boat, and marrying new with existing, is sound. This approach has a number of advantages: it maintains the historic continuity of the boat, as recognized in historic preservation best practice, so that even with 100% material replacement, we still have the historic vessel (as identified by Snediker). By assembling the new logs separately (as opposed to a piece-by-piece replacement), original fastening techniques can be replicated (as pointed out by Michael Gorman and vetted by others). And this approach also allows us to save a significant part of the historic material in an intact and recognizable form--something that is rarely accomplished in historic vessel preservation projects, unless the old vessel is mothballed to an interior space and replicated afloat.

2.     We were encouraged to make use of traditional sealants—raw linseed oil, turpentine, red lead—and to avoid epoxies and plastics.

3.     We heard an extensive discussion on fasteners, which steered us away from steel and toward a combination of bronze and locust or Osage treenails.

4.     We have unanimous support for attempting to remove the hog (drooping of the ends), but it comes with a number of cautions about how to adequately plan for this, which will mean a bit more with adjusting the HAER drawings and problem-solving with how the old is married to the new.

5.     The interior of the vessel provides little opportunity for interpretation, so the guiding principle should be to maximize air circulation below decks, an important factor in long-term preservation.

6.     We seemed to arrive at a consensus to select a mid-20th century date for the restoration period; that is, when the project is completed, Edna should appear much as she did at the end of her oyster dredging days, and that date should guide decisions about what to include when there are possible options.

Our plans for Edna through September—before we start work on the logs—have taken an interesting turn. She was to be put back in the water, to clear the railway for Winnie Estelle to be prepped for her Coast Guard inspection. Unfortunately, one of Edna’s logs has rotted out and she’ll need to stay dry. We have a 100 ton crane arriving this week to remove her masts and to lift her parallel to the waterfront container that is acting as her workshop. We’ll make this work on our behalf, as we plan to build access steps up to Edna’s deck, and from the deck guests will be able to see the logs being worked on.

-Kristen Greenaway, CBMM President

CBMM hosts March 11 forum on restoring Edna E. Lockwood

 

(ST. MICHAELS, MD–February 22, 2016) On Friday, March 11, 2016, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. will convene a panel of maritime preservation experts for a public forum on its planned 2016-2018 restoration of the National Historic Landmark Chesapeake Bay bugeye Edna E. Lockwood. The program runs from 9:00 to 12:00 noon in the museum’s Van Lennep Auditorium with a panel that includes specialists in wooden vessel restoration, maritime documentation, and historic vessel preservation. The forum is free and open to the public, with limited seating and advanced registration required.

Participating on the panel will be John Brady of Independence Seaport Museum, Todd Croteau of the National Park Service Maritime Program, Richard Dodds of Calvert Marine Museum, John England of Deltaville Maritime Museum, Quentin Snediker of Mystic Seaport Museum, and George Surgent of Calvert Marine Museum.

The session opens at 9:00 a.m. with an introduction to the 1889 Tilghman-built oystering vessel, Edna E. Lockwood, which has been a floating exhibition at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum since 1967. Later in the forum, the panel will review the recent documentation of Edna’s hull through photogrammetry and laser scanning, followed by an overview of what lies ahead in the restoration project. The panel will address a series of questions and technical problems anticipated in the restoration, with the public invited to ask questions and offer comments.

Built in 1889 by John B. Harrison on Tilghman Island for Daniel W. Haddaway, Edna E. 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 E. Lockwood was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1994.

“This type of boatbuilding is specific to the Chesapeake Bay,” said CBMM Chief Curator Pete Lesher. “Just as Native American dugout canoes were formed by carving out one log, a bugeye’s hull is unique in that it is constructed by hewing a set of logs to shape and pinning them together as a unit. Over the next two years, museum guests will have incredible opportunities to watch the restoration progress and to see a boat built in a way you can find nowhere else, and in full public view.”

Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a world-class maritime museum dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment and people of the entire Chesapeake Bay, with the values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. Serving more than 70,000 guests each year, the museum’s campus includes a floating fleet of historic boats and 12 exhibition buildings, situated on 18 waterfront acres along the Miles River and St. Michaels’ harbor. To register for the March 11 forum, email aspeight@cbmm.org or call 410-745-4941.

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The 1889 log-bottom bugeye Edna E. Lockwood, shown here, is the queen of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s fleet of historic Chesapeake boats and will be the focus of a March 11 public forum when CBMM convenes a panel of maritime preservation experts to discuss Edna’s planned restoration. Recognized as the last working oyster boat of her kind, Edna E. Lockwood was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1994. The March 11 program runs from 9:00 to 12:00 noon in the museum’s Van Lennep Auditorium, and is free and open to the public, with limited seating and advanced registration required. More photos of the bugeye are atbit.ly/ednarestorationphotos.

Aerial View of Logs Delivered to CBMM for Edna Project

The 1889 log-bottom Chesapeake bugeye Edna E. Lockwood's loblolly pines logs have been secured after a two year search, thanks to a very generous donation by Paul M. Jones Lumber Co. of Snow Hill, Md.

On the morning of March 5, 2016, delivery of the loblolly pine logs needed for the restoration of the nine-log bottom hull of the 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood— the last historic log-bottomed bugeye still under sail—took place at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.
With transportation costs of the logs generously underwritten by individual donors, the pine logs are being trucked to St. Michaels, and will be submerged in the Miles River for preservation until the restoration project continues later this year.

Johnson Lumber of Easton, Md. is delivering 16 logs—allowing overages if needed for the project—with the logs averaging 55-feet in length, and a 10-foot circumference.

Logs Delivered for the Edna E. Lockwood

The 1889 log-bottom Chesapeake bugeye Edna E. Lockwood's loblolly pines logs have been secured after a two year search, thanks to a very generous donation by Paul M. Jones Lumber Co. of Snow Hill, Md. On the morning of March 5, 2016, delivery of the loblolly pine logs needed for the restoration of the nine-log bottom hull of the 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood— the last historic log-bottomed bugeye still under sail—took place at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.

With transportation costs of the logs generously underwritten by individual donors, the pine logs are being trucked to St. Michaels, and will be submerged in the Miles River for preservation until the restoration project continues later this year.

Johnson Lumber of Easton, Md. is delivering 16 logs—allowing overages if needed for the project—with the logs averaging 55-feet in length, and a 10-foot circumference.

Getting Ready for Edna E. Lockwood Restoration

On February 29, 2016, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum had the pole shed demolished in the boatyard. The building has to be removed to make room for the historic 2016-2018 restoration of the 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood. Shipwrights and volunteers salvaged as much of the wood before the demolition. The building was built as a temporary structure more than 30 years ago, and suffered rot and termite damage in much of the timbers. Learn more about the historic restoration of the log-built 1889 bugeye Edna E. Lockwood, a National Historic Landmark as the last of her kind, and the queen of the Museum's fleet at bit.ly/ednalockwood.

Taking down the Pole Shed - February 29, 2016