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Gallery: Restoration of Helena


A shot from ~1980's in Brookhaven, NY

Back to Brookhaven

September 2012, Helena delivered to a neighbor's field. Hasn't been in the water in 27 years.

Building a Shelter

2 x 4 framing, followed by shrink wrap

Aft Cabin, Starboard Side

Butternut ceiling and mahogany trim

Main Cabin, Interior Removed

Assessing the extent of needed restoration. 80 of 100+ frames deteriorated or broken.
The planking is long-leaf yellow pine, still in excellent shape with the exception of one plank.
The old copper rivets/roves were cut off on the inside and driven out through the planking.

Main Cabin, Looking Forward

There had been poor attempts at patching and cobbling together repairs.

Port Side Forward

The lower stringer was cut out (~40ft clear Doug fir!) new white oak frames laminated in place using G-flex epoxy

Stern Post

The stern post and after-portion of the keel supporting the bronze shoe were badly deteriorated.

New Black Locust Material in Place for Keel & Stern Post

Josh Hermann, master shipwright, did the work- now shaping the stern post.
Bronze drifts, bolts, and tennon secured the new work.

Repairs Complete at Stern Post