Sunday, April 10, 2011

Maine Boatbuilders Show : Part 2

My favorite boat at the show was the shallop that was built by some at-risk students at for the Maine's First Ship project named the Jane Stevens. "Maine Boats Homes and Harbors" magazine seems to have agreed - they named the Jane Stevens their boat of the year.

A shallop isn't a commonly known boat design today. From the Maine's First Boat website:

What is a Shallop?

In the 1600’s, the word “shallop” referred to an open wooden workboat such as a barge, dory or rowboat. Shallops were small enough to row but also had one or two sails. The shallop is a European-style boat of approximately 18 feet in length that can be outfitted to row or sail.

This was a traditionally built boat of cedar on oak that was fastened with copper roves and treated with "boat soup" and pine tar. (I must admit loving the smell of the boat.) This boat will serve as the tender for the reproduction of the Pinnace Virginia which was the first ship built by colonists at Maine's Popham Colony.

I like the boat for several reasons:
  • It is traditional in construction, materials and techniques.
  • It serves to educate students and the public in general at all levels.
  • It aids at-risk students
This boat was built by the 9th and 10th grade students at the Morse High School in Bath Maine. Quite frankly, they did a wonderful job, don't you think?

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