Bowdoin Hull Restoration Project

In November 2018, the schooner Bowdoin was hauled out of Penobscot Bay’s wintry waters to undergo a hull planking and framing refit in Boothbay Harbor, where she was built 97 years ago. Maine Maritime Academy is pleased to be working with Bristol Marine at The Shipyard in Boothbay Harbor to complete this work.

MMA’s decision to complete hull work on Bowdoin will ensure that the vessel is able to continue her mission of training MMA students through rigorous training voyages to remote areas of the Canadian Maritimes, serving as the State of Maine’s official vessel, and upholding her status as a National Historic Landmark. The work to be completed includes bottom planking and possible frame replacement. The extent of the work will depend upon what is found once plank removal begins. Read the blog to learn more about our progress, or follow us on social media!

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Week of March 11, 2019

Posted on: March 14, 2019

We made great progress this week. Our main focus was meeting with the Coast Guard inspectors to finalize the frame repair and replacement plan. We had a good meeting with our USCG inspectors and came up with a plan to replace 33 Futtock sections and make nine repairs to the frames. The completion of this plan allows the shipwrights to move ahead quickly and get new frames into the ship. Lots of patterns were made of the old Futtock sections this week and the lead shipwright can spend some time this weekend cutting out new frames. MMA grad Willy Leathers has joined the team working on Bowdoin and Willy was able to make many of the patterns this week. We have reached the zenith of the project’s demolition work and most of our efforts going forward will be put towards reassembling the vessel.

All the best,

Captain McLean

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