An important frame has been completed and it happens to be the fifth frame that will go up this week, complete with a watertight bulkhead. I won't go into the details of how the bulkhead was constructed without consulting Harold first but these fotographs by Dan Tobyne give a good sense of the thickness of it. This is a crucial element to complying with Coast Guard regulations which is the intent as Harold plans to charter the Ardelle to passengers. Nice work, and this frame is going to be a heavy one to put in place!
Harold Burnham bears a family name that is virtually synonymous with Essex, the birthplace of approximately 4,000 schooners. He is the 28th Burnham to operate a shipyard in Essex since 1819,
Growing up in a family of shipbuilders and a town where shipbuilding is a tradition handed down over the generations, Harold has learned the standards of the past and traditional techniques. Harold Burnham has carved out a place in history as a master boat designer, shipwright and sailmaker. Like his ancestors before him, Harold has a holistic approach to vessel design, construction and operation which makes him uniquely efficient. In addition to holding a bachelor’s degree in maritime transportation and fisheries from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, he draws upon extensive experience at sea, and of course, techniques learned in the famous shipyards of Essex.
The author of this blog is Laurie Fullerton. Go to www.burnhamboatbuilding.com or www.schoonerardelle.com for a look at Harold's website