Volunteer boatbuilders help vessel take shape

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When construction started last spring in Portsmouth, N.H., on the new gundalow — a type of flat bottom cargo vessel once common on New England rivers — a team of professional boatbuilders was assisted by experienced and novice volunteers of all ages.

Whether it is spinning cotton and oakum, staining the planks, sanding, sealing bolt holes, or manufacturing the 'trunnels' or wooden tree-nails that peg much of the boat together, volunteers have been a critical part of the boatbuilding team.

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