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Maritime Museum Looking for Logs to Restore Unique 125-year-old Workboat

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The Edna Lockwood (Photo: WBOC) The Edna Lockwood (Photo: WBOC)
ST. MICHAELS, Md.- On the surface, the Edna Lockwood appears to be in good shape.  She's afloat and her paint is in good condition.  But it's not the upper decks that are the problem, it's what's hidden below the waterline on this 125-year-old "bugeye".  The Edna Lockwood is the last of her kind.

Pete Lesher, chief curator for the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, and assistant curator Richard Scofield told WBOC about the problems plaguing the unique boat.

"The logs are held together by pins.  Galvanized drift rod.  Where those rods are rusting at this age, rust expands the wood and blows it apart.  When metal rusts it expands ten times it's size, so it just blows the wood apart, moisture gets in and rots the wood in that area," said Scofield.

Museum staff is now looking for new logs to replace the 125-year-old originals.  The specs?  At least 3 feet in diameter, 55 to 60 feet in length, and it must be yellow pine.

"What we are looking for is the heartwood.  If you think of when you cut a tree, there's the darker wood in the center.  That's the more durable.  that's what we're looking for to find something that's got that much heartwood a pretty sizable tree," said Lesher.

Hard, but not impossible to find.  The search for the perfect 150-year-old tree continues.

Museum staff say if you have a good lead on an old yellow pine, to contact them at (410) 745-2916.
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