Thanks to our generous donors, dedicated volunteers and crew, construction on Matthew Turner is full speed ahead. The planking is half way completed and we are close to installing two full strakes per week. Our Goal is to set the last plank (whisky plank) at our Annual Gala June 18. Last week we fitted the bronze 5.5″ x 13′ rudder post which is now ready for attaching the oak rudder blade, thanks to volunteer Dan Higgins. This week we will set and weld the 1800 lb water tight doors to the bulkheads. On deck the bulwarks are planked and ready for the 3″x10″ cap rail.
Seeing the progress is infectious, inspiring our crew and bringing in new volunteers. This is one of the last times viewers will be able to see all parts of the construction process at once. We are averaging over fifty visitors per day. Which takes a lot effort from our team to show them around, answer questions and keep them safe in our work environment. We are all happy to share details of construction, ship’s history and mission and learn about the visitors themselves. This is part of our efforts to build a community as we build the ship. Visitors are interested in following the construction and to be able to sail on the ship when completed and send their kids or grandkids on an educational program. Feel free to visit and bring a friend, this is one way we attract new donors and volunteers. Please consider helping complete the ship in any way you are able. It takes a village to build Matthew Turner.
Seaward is scheduled to begin her passage home March 19th. She is in top shape and ready to go with Captain David McGregor, Mate Madelyn Freedman and a volunteer crew of 9 very experienced sailors. Because of the El Nino and how it may effect usual weather patterns we are using a professional routing service suggested by Stan Honey. ‘The Weather Guy’ will advise on regular basis the best course to set for a safe and fast passage throughout the journey. We are all anxious for her return and begin her very busy home port schedule. Regular updates on Seaward’s progress and position can be found at
Fair winds,
Alan Olson