The French oak warship, Hermione, sets sail for Baltimore tomorrow. The recreation of the original 18th century French frigate, instrumental in supporting the American colonial rebellion against England, spent the weekend in Boston where crew members hosted visiting experts in woodworking. Demos included: Ship Caulking: Making and applying caulking, demonstrated by shipbuilder Joe Chetwynd; Trunneling: assembling planks using wooden nails/rods, demonstrated by staff from
the Essex Shipbuilding Museum; and Oar Assembly with Graham McKay of Lowell's Boat Shop demonstrating the construction of an oar on site at the ship. After two days in Baltimore (June 19-21) the Hermione sales for an appearance in Castine, ME July 14-15; and then to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, July 18.
Another notable oak warship is the USS Constitution, "Old Ironsides," the oldest wooden warship in service. Currently in drydock, the USS Constitution is undergoing restoration using white oak set aside by Navy Foresters in Crane, Indiana.
The ship's dry docking repair involves replacing deteriorated 40-foot-long hull planking and supporting structures with the same kind of wood used to build the ship in 1797. The Crane, Indiana forest includes nearly 150 GPS-located mature white oaks set aside for future use by Constitution.
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