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Last plank installed on historic skipjack

Last Wednesday, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum shipwrights and apprentices placed the last plank, or “whiskey plank,” on the 1955 skipjack Rosie Parks, which has been under restoration since 2011.

Following maritime tradition, the plank was splashed with whiskey before installation, followed by a celebration among shipwrights, apprentices, volunteers, and descendants of the boat’s builder and captain who participated in the restoration work.

The skipjack was originally built in Wingate, Md., by Bronza Parks for his brother, Capt. Orville Parks.

Click here for information, including a photo of the milestone.