St. Mary's River project update

Scott Tucker is investigating this site as part of his doctoral work at the University of Southampton, England.  Scott has summarized the project and posted photographs on his blog at

Fort Elfsborg project report

An interim report on progress so far is attached.

Pedigree - Blanca, 07Mar2012

Exciting news!  I was doing my usual weekday time-waster: googling around for "motorsailer", "Ta Chiao" (the builder) or "Perkins" (the engines), etc.  and stumbled across a forum entry at by one Brian Eiland, a boat designer here in the DC area.  He had apparently seen Blanca (previously "Gypsy") on the hard at Tall Timbers, and wondered who designed her.Rhodes Discoverer AdRhodes Discoverer Ad

Cabin Progress - Blanca, 04Mar2012

I've been remiss again-- haven't updated this since last fall.  But I've been busy all "winter"  (Hardly a winter we had this year-- no snow and only a handful of freezing days.  But, who am I to complain!)

First, I finished the under-waterway compartments.  Here's a couple pictures of the completed product (except for paint).starboard waterway completestarboard waterway complete  

port waterway completeport waterway complete


another project for 2012, small to start

The Continental Navy brigantine Andrew Doria (sic) was a former merchant brig that was purchased by the Continental Congress late in 1775 and sas rerigged and converted to a warship at the Humphreys shipyard in Philadelphia.  She fought in the battles of Block Island and Nassau, received the first international salute to the American flag from the Dutch at St.

2012-2014 plans

IMH is initiating two big reconnaissance projects for the next two years.  Dates are tentative.

A lost Caravel lost in the sands of time

A lost Caravel lost in the sands of timeA lost Caravel lost in the sands of timeThe year was 1612, proudly three small ships were being keeled, three years later a turn of events will mark them in history. Little is known of the changes or modifications of what is referred to as the "Latin Caravel" similar in design to two of the three ships that Columbus sailed across the Atlantic to discover the New World in 1492, but changes in the course of the years did evolve.

Still Here - Blanca, 11Sep2011


It's been almost a year since my last entry here-- sorry!  Work has progressed on Ballena Blanca, even though I almost uniformly forget to take pictures of the results.  Finally, here's somewhat of a progress report.

Wooden pegs and Volunteers

Only late yesterday did we discover any definite fasteners on top of the keel. Attached is a close-up of a wooden peg, or treenail, in the center at the top of the keel. We only found two of them, both at the northern end of the vessel. Perhaps they attached a stem or sternpost.

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