Friday, April 15, 2011

Cape Ann Beacon Publishes a Great Story on the Whiskey Plank

This past Saturday, a group of friends and well wishers gathered together to help Harold Burnham of Essex hang the final plank — known to some as the whiskey plank — and celebrate this monumental stage in the construction of the new pinky schooner Ardelle. Amongst the crowd were former employees and owners of other Burnham-built vessels — including Gloucester’s own Tom Ellis, owner of the Schooner Thomas E. Lannon, and Mike Rutstien who owns the Schooner Fame of Salem.

“When I started this project, I knew that if I could get the hull planked then I would have something real before me,” said Harold Burnham, 43, who is the designer and builder of the schooner Ardelle. “Getting the hull planked is an important step in getting the job finished. There is an amazing amount of effort that goes into a project like this. I am deeply grateful to the many folks who helped me get here in numerous ways.”

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