In April of 2008 the last plank in the stern, or “whiskey plank,” was put in place. Traditionally, the boat builders would have received a bottle of whiskey and their first draw of the payment for the boat when the hull was completed.
Then the Crockett restorers “faired in” the planking to the final shape of the new fantail stern, working by “rack of eye,” as the old boat builders would have done.
The new wood was primed and painted and a new water line was struck.
Then the shaft, propeller, and rudder were reassembled and a new coat of bottom paint was applied.
The boat is back in the water, ready to return to the museum.
Originally published by Vera England on 28 Nov 2009. Published on WordPress after The Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park moved to http://deltavillemuseum.com/