Please check this page often, as we will be updating it to reflect the work being done on Friendship. Updates are provided by John Pyndynkowski, the ship's carpenter for Friendship, with annotations by park historian Emily Murphy.
October 6, 2009
The final layer of planking is being fitted on the port side of the bow.
September 23, 2009
With fall beginning, foggy mornings require the use of lights.
September 16, 2009
A new oak stanchion is being installed on the starboard side, while the shaping of the hawse timbers and installation of a new oak bollard is happening on the port side.
September 8, 2009
Moving ahead with the planking, including the first couple of pieces of diagonal planking, and reinserting foam behind the repairs.
September 2, 2009
The Boothbay Harbor Marina crew continues laminations on the starboard side hawse timber. Laminations for the new beak and hawse knees are moving forward in the carpenter shop. NPS volunteer Glenn Anderson has been dismantling rotten timber atop the belfry.
September 1, 2009
Repairs continue; new planking is being put on the port bow, and new knees [Historian's note: interior supports for the deck] are being made.
August 25, 2009
(Top Photo) Repair work has commenced, with the staff of Boothbay Harbor Marina starting to laminate the port side hawse timbers. [Historian's note: the hawse timbers are part of the construction of the bow of a ship. There is one on each side of the stem, or timber at the very front of the ship]
(Bottom photo) Meanwhile, National Park Service staff and volunteers have continued to work on other needed repairs, including carving and installation of a new tiller.
August 11, 2009
Removal of damaged wood at the bow is nearly complete, and the repairs should begin shortly.
In the two photographs below, the planking has been removed from the bow.
Visiting Vessel Program
Salem Maritime occasionally hosts visiting vessels that are replicas, restorations, or traditionally built wooden vessels. During Friendship's absence, the following vessels will be visiting Salem Maritime.
Visiting Vessels usually dock on Central Wharf.
Kalmar Nyckel July 31 to August 2
A replica of the vessel that brought the first settlers from Sweden to Deleware in 1638, Kalmar Nyckel will be visiting during the Salem Maritime Festival