Torsk's Deck restoration

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TVA
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Torsk's Deck restoration

Post by TVA » Thu Sep 08, 2016 1:07 pm

One of the greatest things to happen to TORSK has been Rob. The folks who volunteer on lightship CHESAPEAKE think he's pretty great, too.
He's Historic Ships' Pier 3 manager. That's TORSK and CHESAPEAKE.

Few tasks on TORSK have been more daunting than its deck. Rob's wood-working skills have left TORSK with a deck worthy of entry into the Wooden Boat, boat show. His attention to detail around the deck's various fittings is amazing. Here's a sample of his work:

The project meant re-creating many of the metal hatch frames, in addition to fitting and fastening the wood. Here's Rob holding one:

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Here's some subtle detail around the port base of the sail, looking aft. The metalwork underneath was often a challenge as it was not uniform:

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Re: Torsk's Deck restoration

Post by TVA » Thu Sep 08, 2016 1:10 pm

Now, you'd think working around the cleats would be easy, but no....some of them were on a different level:

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Here's how it's done [temperatures were sub-freezing when this photograph was taken]:

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Re: Torsk's Deck restoration

Post by TVA » Thu Sep 08, 2016 1:14 pm

Now, I don't remember the woodwork looking this good on the boats when they were in service:

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Yardbirds rarely had the time/skill/motivation whatever [pick all appropriate] to do work like this. You have to have the skills and to be truly dedicated to the project.

"Well done."

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Re: Torsk's Deck restoration

Post by Paul » Thu Sep 08, 2016 3:43 pm

Rob's dedication and craftsmanship are unquestionable, but you make it sound like he singlehandedly did the deck project. Just sayin'...

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Re: Torsk's Deck restoration

Post by TVA » Thu Sep 08, 2016 5:20 pm

Broader credit, specifically Tim, is given credit, here:

viewtopic.php?f=2&t=1626&p=4530&hilit=greg#p4530

Folks can learn more about TORSK activities here:

https://www.facebook.com/HistoricShips/?fref=ts

TORSK history here:

http://www.historicships.org/torsk.html

And TORSK events here:

http://www.historicships.org/events_calendar.html

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