Sunday, December 30, 2018

Manhasset restoration

Saturday April 6:
Finally get the port side board completely off.

side boards to the left, backbone to right. top side with handle. bulkheads still glued in place.

Want to know more about the glue that held the hollow backbone together all these years?  Some technical data on animal glue is here,  from the Ray Ruge collection.

Saturday March 16:  after a few weeks off, we are back in the shop; the starboard side board is completely removed. Today we commence pulling of port side board. More steam, more gentle prying. We get about 1/3 of the board detached.

bow of backbone; port side board is removed  slowly.

markings Buckhout put inside the box. This denotes the point to be
at the center of the plank.

Saturday February 9  no sailing, just steaming....      see current conditions via link on right column...

Julian's Steamer does more than wall paper...
it was essential to help  weaken the hide glue bonds; it's a tedious task. that glue held tight. 

Slowly, the starboard spruce board - 34' in length, is peeled off.

Interior blocking - bulkheads- are spaced every 4 ft or so, or at stress points ( at the plank, the mast step...)
The block is to the left; the one to the right was stuck in to prop up the board.

We work about 3/4 of the side board off. Hal digs inside for something he notices.. 
George Buckhout glued a card inside the backbone. He notes the "glue team".
Added mystery though..... 
It was always thought Manhasset was built in 1912. This notes the backbone being made in 1906
( or is it 1909? - I say '06)
Card was a bit soggy from steam.

I'll be steaming in Australia & New Zealand for the next 2 weeks.....

Saturday February 2: 
Chilly day at the shop: it got up to 32....

Removing the last of the bungs and screws; ready to
pry the box apart.
Beginning to pry off the starboard side. Glue still holds tight after 107 years...

We found hidden fasteners that made the separation challenging.

backbone - aft end. .. starboard side board on top - sitka spruce? - separating from the backbone.

Thats the block of wood - bulkhead - aft end of the backbone. Tiller post ran through this. We
got all the screws, but that old glue held fast...
Top plank to left, starboard plank at top.

Next time, steam the inside of the box as we pull apart the sideboards from top and bottom.

Saturday January 12:

Cold is here; we are watching the ice in several locations. stay tuned;
Meanwhile, restoration work on Manhasset continues:

It is amazing how many screws George Buckhout put into the Manhasset; Taking them out 107 years later is no easy feat...
Here is the cockpit of Manhasset. We are trying to get to the stick that is the backbone. This needs removal.

Underside of cockpit. Skeg will be removed.
This is tongue & groove  pine, screwed to the backbone.

We remove each piece of cockpit bed; this is the bow underside.

With no ice here in the Hudson Valley, and with the government shutdown in DC, which stymied a plan to set up FDR's Hawk at the FDR site in Poughkeepsie ( as we did 2 years ago), we are turning efforts to begin restoration of the ice yacht Manhassett. Find her story here. 

We plan to take apart the hollow backbone.  

Hardware is removed - beautiful bronze cleats Buckhout created in Poughkeepsie.
Bronze mast step is already removed - note the light patch at Doc's elbow.

Removing oak bungs to get at bronze screws underneath. 

Some screws came out easily, others not so much...

Nose of the backbone. 

Thanks to club member Jim Kricker for allowing us to use his well appointed wood shop!
See previous restoration posts from 2 years ago HERE.                  More to follow....

Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Original! First medal awarded for Ice Yacht Challenge Pennant Race recently rediscovered.

What a treat! At the recent annual meeting of the Hudson River Ice Yacht Club, Rick Lawrence brought along this medal he had found in a drawer among his mom's things. 
This is the original medal awarded to ice yacht Phantom after it won the very first race for the Ice Yacht Challenge Pennant of America, on March 5, 1881. Irving Grinnell created the Ice Yacht Challenge Pennant of America in 1875, to signify fastest yacht on ice.  A detailed history of the IYCPA can be found here.    The 30 foot long silk pennant was to ice yachting as America's Cup was to soft water racers (then and now). The pennant went to the victor until the next race. What winning skippers got to keep were these  custom silver medals.   

This medal has been in the Lawrence family for many years and somewhat forgotten for awhile. Rick noted that he knew of it but hadn't seen it for awhile until he came upon it this year. Rick's late father,  Bob Lawrence, received the medal from Captain Frank Drake, an experienced ice yacht racer who  won the IYCPA in 1922.   Drake likely acquired this original IYCPA medal from someone in the New Hamburgh Ice Yacht Club (founded by Grinnell and of which Drake was a long time member), as he was the bearer of the Pennant from the 20s through the 50s. The elder Drake befriended the young Bob Lawrence and at some point the medal came into Bob's possession.  Great to see that it is in good hands still. An amazing piece of ice yachting history!

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Ice Yachts sketches

I love the old sketches/drawings/prints of ice yachts from the late 1800s.  Magazines, Newspapers, and other publications employed illustrators to capture the action on the ice. Often the sketch was made from a photograph. Here are a collection of ice yachting sketches from the 1860s through 1900 or so.  Not complete, and I will continue to add to these as I stumble upon more.  Many of these are images I took directly from John A. Roosevelt's (JAR) scrapbooks, which are housed at the FDR Library in Hyde Park, NY.

Probably the oldest of these sketches - this dates to Nov. 1861 and accompanied an article in Scientific American.
This is John A. Roosevelt's Icicle.

The Slee Brothers were photographers based in Poughkeepsie. This is from the late 1860s, maybe 1869.

Well, it is JAR's scrapbook, so many Icicle references can be found. 
This is from a publication called "Spirit of the Times" from 1877. 

 Likely Avalanche - E. Harrison Sandford's lateen yacht.

 Sketch of Aaron Innis' Haze;  curious note JAR added - "Now Gracie - 1875"  -- appears Roosevelt acquired Haze & renamed it Gracie.
 Apparently Ice sailing was popular on lakes and ponds in Brooklyn!   More Brooklyn next:

 Ice Boating perils near Poughkeepsie!!

 Not exactly ice boating, but love this idea....