Friends of the Phoebe have found new kindred souls in the volunteers of the Brigantine Inc., a charitable organisation that offers youth sail-training on the well known, Kingston-based St. Lawrence II tall ship at the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour. They contribute their well honed skills and professional experiences to the major annual maintenance tasks to get the St. Lawrence II “ship-shape” for the summer season.
From the left: John Page, Ron Lees, Bruce Shaver, Bob Campbell, Ken Williams holding a print of the ship, Danny Qullet, David Shurtleff, Captain Chris Chafe, Roland Boegman and Paul Jeffrey. Bruce Shaver is the volunteer coordinator. They show heavy mahogany and oak boards, value of $1260, donated by Goodfellow Lumber from Delson, Quebec. The print was donated by local artist Jim Keirstead. It now graces the offices of Goodfellow Lumber as a token of appreciation.
The St. Lawrence II moored at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour on a misty morning. The Kingston Penitentiary is in the background, the future home of the St. Lawrence II if the vision of making the penitentiary a new historic development becomes a reality in the distant future? Guess when: 5-10-15-20 years from now?
Inside the St. Lawrence II workshop at the Portsmouth Olympic Harbour the volunteers are like a buzzing bee colony. They make light of many tasks. If you are recently retired or you are young and want to learn some useful skills, come an join us on Tuesday mornings, 9-12.
Ron Lees, John Page, Paul Jeffrey and Roland Boegman, painting the pine boards that will be the new sole in the ship.Bruce Shaver cleaning and refurbishing the windlass that lowers and raises the anchor.
Danny Qulllet, Roland Boegman, Paul Jeffrey and Gerrit van der Zwan’s right hand and arm only he inspects the efficacy of clamping and gluing the gunwale on the tender.
Pine floorboards, mahogany bulkheads, and much more, ready or being prepared for installation in the ship.
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