For two years I worked as a subcontractor on the restoration of the 1907 steam yacht Cangarda.
The original hull was stripped and replated in the '80s. It then sank and laid in the mud south of Boston. Fortunately none of the machinery or carpentry was on board.
So the current owner
purchased this basket-case from Elizabeth Myer of IYRS in Newport,
RI. He hired Jeff Rutherford to put it back together. Tri-Coastal
Marine had the original hull laser-scanned to gather a 3D
point-cloud from which we created a new fair hull model which
conformed well to the original. This new computer model was
then off-set for shell thickness, sliced-up into frames and
subdivided into floors, frames, hanging knees and deck beams.
These assorted pieces were CNC cut and sent back to the shop.
Most of the original hull was scrapped except the stern ring frame
and the forward engine room bulkhead. Jeff Rutherford hired me to
assemble the hull. I
laid the keel, set up and supervised the assembly and welding
of the frames, hung all the frames and bulkheads,
welded most of the deck structure, helped weld the shell, and then
spent another year on innumerable details.
Photo Journal of my work on Cangarda;
laying out some frames to be welded
hanging the frames;
driving the forklift to maneuver the bow stem into position.
The framing is just about complete except for the collision bulkhead and the forward ER bkhd.
woking on the deck structure
Contraption I devised
from a WWII surplus ballistics sight to provide minute control of laser
to check shaft alignment. The original stern frame and cutlass bearing
aperture had proved problematic in terms of achieving adequate shaft
alignment. I was able to solve this problem by having the
original cutlass bearing aperture removed and a new shaft log machined
which included the cutlass bearing and the water-tight packing system.
Once I had established the basic alignment, John Horton and I set
up a high tension music wire to provide a center line while he welded
the shaft log and the bearing supports.
After plating, we began fitting the engine room together, note the target on
the aft end of the engine to check the shaft log alignment.
Here Captain Cobb takes a much needed break behind the panel.
I TIG welded an aluminum substructure for the
foreward deck house.
The original bronze
port-holes were quite bent and cracked. I was able to
and make them water-tight again.