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Placing the Keel

With the slabs back at the shop, the morning of the keel laying, Capt John with the help of Alexander, cut the stems into shape and cut the scarf joints to join them

Capt John cutting the stems


Stems being shaped

The rough shaped pieces were then transported to the site and with a group of volunteers they were muscled into place and guyed and braced for the ceremony. A “Record” reporter and photographer were in attendance to record the process.  See the March 23 edition for details.

Keel and stems on site


Keel pieces in place on the stiff back


Keel with stems ready to be inaugurated