Follow the restoration process
Roger Allen - Buffalo Maritime Center Director, is providing guidance in the restoration plan.
What has been done since the boat was moved to the center:
1. Engine removed and compartment cleared. This included the removal of the ice box refrigeration condensor, exhaust pipe, and muffler.
2. Leveling of the boat in its new location
3. Clearing of the aft cabin and deck area. Including removal of old fittings.
4. Removal of rudder and steering gear.
5. Removal of stern frames.
6. Removal of floor frames and gas tank supports.
NOTE: All of the above was necessary to get at 9' of the keel that needs to be replaced.
7. The 2 garboard bottom planks on either side of the keel have been removed to free the keel for removal and replacement. The planks each had 2 copper rivets per frame as well as being nailed with copper nails to the keel. All floor frames were riveted to the adjoining frame as well as nailed through the bottom. The nail and rivet construction made for a systematic and easy removal process. Much easier than past experience in working with broken and stripped screws. The rivet process has kept the boat held together tightly. I found this to be impressive for a boat of its age!