Header photo (detail) courtesy Michael Eudenbach

Thursday, June 20, 2013

the Apprenticeshop's Ambitious Adventure

Matthew Stackpole, lead historian at Mystic for the CW Morgan restoration.

Matthew presents Tim Jacobus with an award for his work as project leader for the whaleboat build'

Obligatory champagne ritual 

And she's in!

Sail on!

A truly archetypal scene, man going to sea.

Sunday morning preparation for setting off.

Heading toward Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse, outside Rockland Harbour. At the helm is Bryan McCarthy (shop director/skipper) with apprentices: Rachel Davis, Garrett Farchione, Simon Jack, Daniel Creisher, Tim Jacobus and Christopher Konecky.


 June 18: Day 3 --The apprentices had another fantastic day on the water. They rowed clear across a very clear and calm Casco Bay, from Small Point to Portland, averaging over 3 knots.

Sailing, from Portland to the Kennebunks


Up the river...

To a warm welcome.

Safe haven and breakfast aboard support vessel 'Advent'

all photos courtesy The Apprenticeshop and
John Snyder/MarineMedia

In keeping with the true spirit of Lance Lee, the Apprenticeshop of Rockland, Me., has not only completed their whaleboat build but are also rowing and sailing their boat to Mystic, hopefully in time for the Woodenboat Show. They're on schedule to make it by the 28th, if not before. A noble undertaking to say the least, hats off to them all. Splashed their boat on Saturday, took off on their adventure Sunday. As of Thursday morning they were in Kennebunkport, shooting for Portsmouth NH.
Matthew Stackpole, lead historian for the Morgan restoration at Mystic, was on hand to send the crew off, after giving a second lecture on the design of the Morgan in Rockland last Thursday. The whaleboat project has generated such an outpouring of scholarship, craft, collaboration and education, as well as learning, adventure and generosity, it is truly amazing. I count myself fortunate indeed to be a small part of it.
Every institution involved could still use some help with funding, so if you have the pockets, please do.

Follow the progress of the expedition daily at the Apprenticeshop blog

I'd like to thank the folks at the Apprenticeshop for their aid to me, and in particular Sandee Havunen, without whose assistance I would have been lost. 

copyright Thomas Armstrong

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