In the meantime, in the month of May, Apollonia is partnering with the Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston to offer classes in creating and restoring parts of a working sailing vessel. The museum will be offering three classes as part of the series: Wooden Block and Mast Hoop Build; Wood Finishes: Varnish and Oil; Ropework: Splicing, Whipping, and Making Grommets.
Apollonia will be at the Hudson River Maritime Museum docks for several weeks in May as crew members and volunteers work to finish rebuilding her traditional sailing rig. “We are so excited to team up with the Hudson River Maritime Museum this spring to build many critical parts of the rig, including blocks, mast hoops, and running rigging,” says Sam Merrett, of the Apollonia. Visitors are welcome to watch the work and learn more about the boat. Those interested in learning about traditional vessel rigging and how to repair and maintain their own vessels are invited to register for any of the three courses offered this spring.
In Wooden Block and Mast Hoop Build, students will work with two lead instructors and three assistant instructors to shape and construct rope-stropped blocks and wooden mast hoops for Apollonia. In Wood Finishes: Varnish and Oil, led by Riverport Wooden Boat School instructor Brian Donahue, students will explore various techniques of wood finishing and will get hands-on experience varnishing spars for Apollonia, using traditional schooner varnish. In Ropework: Splicing, Whipping, and Making Grommets, students will work with experienced sailor and knot enthusiast Christin Ripley to learn how to make eye splices, lay a grommet for rope strop blocks, and make proper whippings and seizings. All student-made products will be used on board Apollonia.
The Wooden Block and Mast Hoop Build class meets Saturday and Sunday, May 12 and 13. Wood Finishes and Ropework classes run concurrently on Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20. Click here for more information and to register.COPYRIGHT 2018 CAROLE OSTERINK