Caulking a Traditional Wooden Fishing Boat

Watch as shipwrights at the Hardanger Maritime Center in Noheimsund, Norway, put the finishing touches on the rebuilt hull of a 130-year-old traditional North Sea fishing vessel
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Fermand II's wood-planked hull.

Fermand II's wood-planked hull.

Built in 1888 in England, Fremad II has sailed under more than one name in her nearly 130-year life. Originally named Boy Jack, the vessel ended up in Norway in the early 1900s and was renamed Fremad, which translates to “forward” in Norwegian. She received her first internal combustion engine in 1920 and was renamed again, this time as Fremad II.

The historic ship is currently undergoing a top-to-bottom restoration at the Hardanger Maritime Center in Noheimsund, Norway. This video shows Hardanger shipwrights caulking Fremad II’s wood-planked hull using traditional tools and materials including mallets, caulking irons, oakum and pitch, while other team members fit our her interior and install her new power plant. Fremad II is expected to launch in 2020.