Ship keel logs secured

AHOY: Wanderer Replica Project publicity officer Jon Gaul with the massive logs from which the keel of the ship will be built. Picture: Liz TicknerThe Wanderer Replica Project has taken another big step forwardwith the arrival of two massive keel logs at the shipyard site atBoydtown.
Nanjing Night Net

The 15-metre hardwood eucalyptus logs, each weighing an estimated 6-8tonnes, will now be assessed for suitability by the Wanderer Replica Project’spresident and headshipwright, Morrie Lynch, of Eden.

The Wanderer Replica Projectis a non-profit, volunteer community body to build and operate a 25m full-scale replica of Ben Boyd’s 1837 topsailschooner.

The shipyard site has been established at Boydtown on Twofold Bay, adjacent to the historic Seahorse Inn, originally built for BenBoyd in the 1840s.

The keel logs were secured fromthe 730-hectareBoydtownproperty and thentransported three kilometres to the shipyard site usingloader machines on loan to the project.

This approachavoided issues involved with moving oversize logs by road transport fromforest logging locations such as Bombala.

“We’re pleased to obtain this coastal grey box timber for the replicakeel,” MrLynch said earlier this week.

“This is a good, durable hardwood for purposeslike shipbuilding, heavy construction and wharfage,” he said.

The construction phase will provide visitor educational facilities for visualinspection by school and tourist groups as the hull takes shape atBoydtown.

As the first tall ship built in Twofold Bay, Wanderer Replica willkeep the legacies of traditional shipbuilding and Eden’s nautical past alive.

The Wanderer Replica Project is looking for more volunteers, young and old, male andfemale, to work not only on the physical construction of the ship at theBoydtown site but also to volunteer for a wide range of other activities.

Help is needed for a range of activities includingfundraising, publicity,grant applications, event organisation, computer skills, food preparation, office administration, as well as education and visitor guiding.

Interested volunteers should contact Morrie Lynch on0438 805 684 or email [email protected]论坛

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