Page 8. MAINE COASTAL NEWS September 2013 Waterfront News LEONARD WHALEBOAT EXPEDITION - ROCKLAND TO MYSTIC, CT
By Timothy A. Jacobus Beginning June 16, 2013 seven Ap- prentices and two Instructors from The Apprenticeshop, A School for Traditional Boatbuilding and Seamanship, located in Rockland, set out on an intrepid voyage in a 30 foot open Whaleboat. Their goal was to successfully navigate the northeastern coastline and arrive at the Mystic Seaport Museum located in Mystic, Connecticut, an approximate distance of 310 nautical miles. In August of 2012 fi ve students enrolled
in The Apprenticeshop began a challenging nine month project. Their task, to build a replica of a 29-foot 10½ inch New Bedford Whaleboat designed by Ebenezer Leonard from plans dated 1935. The whaleboat was one of seven ordered from different boat building organizations by the Mystic Sea- port Museum to compliment the CHARLES W. MORGAN, the last remaining whale ship, which was undergoing an extensive restoration at the Shipyard.
The student construction team consist- ed of second year apprentice Simon Jack with fi rst year students Chris Konecky, Dan- iel Creisher, and Kirk Folk. Assigned to lead the build was second year apprentice Tim Jacobus. In January 2013, during the course of the build, Jacobus and lead instructor Kevin Carney were invited to a whaleboat builders meeting at Mystic Seaport. Along with construction details were questions on how the various schools were planning to transport their whaleboats to Mystic. The accepted plan was to transport them on trailers; the Apprentices had a bolder idea in mind, travel by water. The idea of The Leonard Whaleboat Expedition was born. The Apprenticeshop’s whaleboat was completed early May, 2013 including a
full set of oars, and the student body then actively trained in the craft by rowing early mornings before classes and on weekends. Besides having the responsibility of com- pleting their own daily projects, the Appren- tices all had active roles in the planning and provisioning for the trip.
The voyage began at 5:45 am on June
departing The Apprenticeshop pier on the outgoing tide. The fi rst port of call was Portland, June 18th MA June 21st
16th ; then to Rockport, Cod Canal, June 23rd
; from there through the Cape ; to New Bedford, MA
June 25th; Newport, RI next; and then con- cluding at Mystic Seaport, CT by June 28th
arriving in time for the WoodenBoat Show. Accompanying the whaleboat on the trip was a chase boat, a 36-foot Bud McIntosh schooner, ADVENT, owned and captained by Anna Rich and her father Ken Rich, of Rockland.
The rowing, sailing, and maintaining of the whaleboat will hone each student’s abilities, providing lessons in crew and in- dividual character building. It will offer an opportunity for the build team to enjoy the results of their dedication and hard work, and offer all the students the experience to have an educational trip in a traditional open boat. A few topics for instruction include but not limited to; charts and navigation, sailing instruction, and boat/water safety The Whaleboat and chase boat crews
will include; Apprenticeshop Staff: Bryan McCarthy, Shop Director, Skipper, Course and Navigation; Kevin Carney, Lead In- structor, 1st
Matthew Dirr, Instructor, 2nd
Mate, Course and Navigation; Mate, Course
and Navigation; Apprentices: Simon Jack, Graduating Apprentice, Personal Gear; Timothy Jacobus, Graduating Appren-
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tice, Waypoint Coordination; Christopher Konecky, Tides & Weather; Daniel Creish- er, Safety and Boat Gear; Bridget Jividen, Fundraising and Accounting; Rachel Davis, Crew Provisioning; and Garrett Farchione, Contingency Planning.
This construction project and resulting expedition (in true Apprenticeshop spirit)
marked the celebratory completion of their proud addition to the CHARLES W. MOR- GAN restoration project.
The whaleboat was on display through- out the weekend of the WoodenBoat Show, June 28-30 and is now on the relaunched CHARLES W. MORGAN for visitors to the Museum to see.
PASSED OVER THE BAR: Leamon Chipman and Ted Hood Leamon Chipman
BIRCH HARBOR – Leamon Chipman passed away Aug. 1, 2013, at the age of 85. He was born April 30, 1928, in Milbridge, to Ed and Minnie (Beal) Chipman. Leamon was a 60 year member of
Winter Harbor Masonic Lodge No. 192 and worked for many years as a Pound Keeper and lobster buyer. Leamon enjoyed spend- ing his time lobster fi shing and working with wood.
He is predeceased by his parents, Edgar and Minnie Chipman; his wife, Kay Chip- man; sister, Mildred Crowley; brothers, Roger Chipman, Vinton Chipman and May- nard Chipman Sr. Leamon is survived by his son, John and his wife, Gerry Chipman; daughter, Barbara and her husband, Dana Rice; brothers, Avery Chipman, George Chipman, Herb Chipman and Bert Chip-
man; seven grandchildren, 10 great-grand- children, many nieces and nephews; and his dog, Skipper. In lieu of fl owers donations may be
made to the ARK Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 276, Cherryfi eld, ME 04622.
Frederick Emmart “Ted” Hood 5 May 1927 – 28 June 2013 Ted died 28 June and is survived by his wife of 58 years, Susan Blake Hood; his children Richard Hood and wife Carroll Mc- Grath Hood, Frederick Hood and wife Anne Vandromme-Hood, Robert Hood and wife Sarah Hood, and Nancy Hood-MacLeod and husband Norman MacLeod. Ted was born at Beverly, MA to Ralph Stedman and Helen Emmart Hood and
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