CONSTRUCTION UPDATES2018-08-23T22:15:31+00:00

Tall Ship Progress, August 2018

Construction for Matthew Turner is sailing ahead with major accomplishments being made to the running rigging, carpentry and anchor system and so much more! With the enormous task underway to set roughly 100 lines and to trim and take in all 11 sails on Matthew Turner, the running rigging remains an exciting focal point. The rigging crew is busy connecting this four-mile network; some lines will require splicing, whipping, blocks, fair leads and tackle, and they’re doing an amazing job. The crew loves every day up high in the yards.
The vessel of Matthew Turner now includes handcrafted furnishings and fine carpentry (made largely by volunteers) that are integrated throughout the entire vessel. With the deck carpentry almost complete, we are starting to generate momentum for the interior carpentry. There is still much to be done, and our team is excited to visualize the finished product, as well as bring to life to the ship through the beauty of fine craftsmanship.
We are dreaming of the day when Matthew Turner nears an exotic tropical island, and we hear the call, “Let go the port anchor!” Dan Higgins, who designed and installed our chain pipe, will soon be securing our windlass and getting our 500-pound anchors and chain aboard. The enormous anchor motor will lift two 300-foot chains with anchors attached!
We are now focused on installing the propulsion system, which requires one-inch and ¾-inch specially manufactured heavy gauge wiring. Next will be hundreds of small gauge wires that connect all the sophisticated components of our state-of-the-art hybrid propulsion system. More details about the eco-hybrid installation to come soon. Full speed ahead!
Fair Winds,
Alan Olson
Generous capital funding provided in part by the California Coastal Conservancy
California Coastal Conservancy

Matthew Turner’s new windlass
Rigging Lines

The ship has almost 100 lines
Berth Installation
Fine carpentry of the berths (beds)

Tall Ship Progress, May 2018

The running rigging is in full swing now! The construction team now has miles of rope and well over 100 blocks to weave together. Once complete, all the lines and rigging controls systems will operate a complex system of eleven different sails. Our rigging team is growing and highly motivated. The core rigging team of Noah, Kiel, Adrian, Bruce, Dennis and Randall are receiving a boost of energy from our newest rigging volunteer Eleandra…. we will be bending on sail in the next couple of months, anxious to get off the dock.
Exterior carpentry is almost complete and “looking great” in the Sausalito sunshine.  There is just enough bright work to highlight the beauty of our ship without major effort to keep it up.  Any day the windless, anchors and anchor chain are due to arrive adding 5000 lbs to the bow, to bring her closer to her designed water line.
We also have a newly organized sewing team: Barbara, Pam, Karen, Peter, Benson, Margie, Jenny, Michael, Susie and new volunteer Ingrid. They work on Fridays and Saturdays, making Lee Cloths, designing curtains for Matthew Turner’s bunks, and soon they will be sewing bunk covers, dinghy covers, and sail covers!
Hooking up the eco-hybrid propulsion system, vessel electronics, plumbing and instrumentation remains a herculean challenge before we can get Matthew Turner off the dock. Our big challenge is to fund the lithium batteries (more than $100,000). We have high hopes our funding will keep up with the construction schedule.
Thank you all who have helped us get this far. It is amazing!!!
Fair Winds,
Alan Olson
Generous capital funding provided in part by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation

Snap shot of the complex rigging system

Snap shot of the complex rigging system
Snap shot of the complex rigging system
Matthew Turner’s rigging team
The sewing team in action
The sewing team in action

Tall Ship Progress, April 2018

Aloft: To look aloft from the deck is amazing! Seeing the forest of masts, yards, and booms with the web of standing rigging tuned and ready to receive sails. Next, weaving the five miles of rope through 100+ blocks and pulleys to set, trim and take in 7200 square feet of sail. Our rigging crew of professionals and volunteers has their work cut out for them!
On Deck from Stem to Stern!
At the Stem: Two 6-3/4 inch by 4 foot holes are drilled through Matthew Turner’s gorgeous deck and out the planking which will be filled by two 6-1/2 inch anchor chain pipes that can haul in and house the anchors. These pipes are making way for an anchor windlass that will drop and lift two 300 foot chains with anchors that are estimated to weigh over 500 pounds. Oh my!
Stern: Davits are being installed to haul and store our shore boat. A bronze boom crutch is being mounted for the main boom. We’re also building a helm station around the steering wheel that includes a railing and a step platform for visibility and safety for operation. The steering wheel and platform and sure to a be a memorable experience for the thousands of youth who will once day learn how to “steer the ship” full speed ahead!
Mid Deck: Beautiful varnished hatches and skylights are being constructed and installed from a team of mostly volunteers. The fine craftsmanship is a sight to be seen. Please check out the woodworking when you visit the ship next. You won’t be disappointed.
Below Deck: The Matthew Turner team is busy at work: carpenters are building out the interior; plumbers are hooking up the heads, showers and galley; and our mechanics and electricians are connecting the complex hybrid propulsion system and ship’s electrical.
Fair Winds,
Alan Olson
Generous capital funding provided in part by the Mary A. Crocker Trust
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Foremast with flag
Foremast with flag
Main boom with crutch
Main boom with crutch
Volunteers and works on deck
Volunteers and workers on deck
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