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VIDEO: Shipwrights: The Next Generation

A young shipwright works on Vincent, a replica of an 1852 Falmouth Pilot Cutter, in Cornwall, United Kingdom. 

A young shipwright works on Vincent, a replica of an 1852 Falmouth Pilot Cutter, in Cornwall, United Kingdom. 

A couple of weeks ago we posted a video about an organization that’s building a replica of an 1852 Falmouth Pilot Cutter named Vincent. The group, called Working Sail, is using traditional methods and materials to craft the 68-footer, which will be launched as Pellew in spring 2019.

This weekend we found a more complete video about the project filmed by none other than Leo Goolden, who in the November 2017 Soundings wrote Tally Ho, Adventure. The story is about his quest to rebuild 1927 Fastnet winner Tally Ho, a 47-foot, Albert Strange-designed, gaff-rigged cutter that had been dying a slow death in a Washington state boatyard.

The video finds Goolden catching up with the leader of the project, shipwright Luke Powell, who says the project is about more than preserving history. “It’s all about sustainability,” Powell says. “We want to create the next generation of shipwrights.” The full 20-minute video has some unique insights into traditional boatbuilding methods and how young people are coming into the wooden boat fold. If you’ve got some extra time, you can also stick around for a tutorial in planking toward the end.

Powell already has his sights set on his next project, a Falmouth Freight Schooner he will begin once Pellew launches early next year. You can keep track of Pellew’s progress by visiting the organization’s webpage



Handcrafting Pellew

Working Sail is a British organization that is working to keep the art and craftsmanship of traditional wooden boatbuilding alive. Their latest project is Pellew, a recreation of a 68-foot Falmouth Pilot Cutter named Vincent, which was launched in 1852. This video shows some of the methods and materials being used to build her.


Head: VIDEO: The Home Stretch

Launched on Oct. 5, 1889 at Tilghman Island, Maryland, the bugeye Edna E. Lockwood is undergoing a complete restoration at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland. Among the work completed to date was the total removal and replacement of her nine-log bottom. This video has an update about the wrap-up work being done before Edna is relaunched later this year.

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VIDEO: Mast Hoop Loop-The-Loop

In the golden age of sail, a ship’s sails were attached to the masts with wooden hoops. Today only a few artisans have the tools and know-how to craft sailing tackle for traditionally rigged ships and other vessels. Ralph Johnson is one of them.

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VIDEO: Of Mouse And Mayflower

The Mayflower II, a 1957 reproduction of the original ship that brought Pilgrims to the New World nearly 400 years ago, is undergoing a complete refit at the Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut. Among the upgrades she is receiving are all-new stays for her three masts. This video from the museum shows how a rigger fabricates a mouse — an elaborate work of marlinspike seamanship — for each stay.

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Chainsaws And Chisels

Built in 1910, Tally Ho is an Albert Strange-designed, gaff-rigged cutter being rebuilt in Sequim, Washington, by Leo Goolden, who recently acquired two massive purple heart timbers to replace Tally Ho’s tired old tea keel. This video shows Goolden using chainsaws, chisels and reciprocal saws to scarf the two long timbers together.


Building Arabella By Hand

Plenty of people might call friends Stephen Denette and Alix Kreder crazy. The two are building a 38-foot Atkins ketch in their backyard — from the keel up, using trees they felled and milled themselves.


VIDEO: Working The Water

If you’re a regular reader of Soundings, chances are you’ve seen Chesapeake Bay photographer Jay Fleming’s work. Always willing to go to the extreme to get the best shots, Fleming uses scuba gear, kayaks and a custom fiberglass skiff to get as close as possible to his subjects.


VIDEO: The loveable catboat

Those who appreciate catboats – with their beamy, rounded hulls, un-stayed masts, gaff rigs and ultra-long booms – find that these traditional sailboats are hard to beat, when it comes to practical design and pleasurable sailing.