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VIDEO: Ship’s bottom going up

Edna E. Lockwood, queen of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, is in the middle of a two-year restoration that will bring her back to her original condition.

A traditional bugeye, she was built in 1889 at Tilghman Island, Maryland, and worked the oyster beds for 78 years. She was donated to the museum in St. Michaels, Maryland, in 1973 and has been designated a National Historic Landmark. This Soundings article has more.

The project began in the spring and summer of 2016. A job site was prepared and the logs needed for restoring Edna’s hull were sourced and acquired.

During the fall the logs were moved onto a sawmill and rough-shaped. Throughout the winter the work crew will finish the final shaping of the logs and pin them together to form a new hull.

Here are sights and sounds from the ongoing restoration:

This summer, the museum is planning to cut away the original hull and replace it with the newly made one.

After another year that will include interior work and the application of paints and finishes, the museum said it expects to launch Edna at its OysterFest celebration on the last Saturday in October 2018.