The Gift of a Ship
and being reluctant to pay the sum of $50 to a society (Union subs) in order to work in a shipyard.
He was therefore most willing to look at the "gift of a ship" from an old aquaintance. This whaling
captain had been the owner of a disused and antiquated sloop for some 7 years.
And for 7 years this sorry sloop had lain on land under canvas some distance
from her natural salt
Refit or Rebirth?
an oak tree felled nearby. White oak saplings were steamed and bent to make ribs. More white
oak for the new stem. Over this, the planking was of white Georgia pine one and a half inches thick.
The deck was 7/8" white pine over 6" x 6" yellow pine beams set at 3 ' centres. Bulwarks rose 14 "
from the deck to finish the topsides.
The hull was divided into three compartments.
The dimensions were as
cost of materials $553.62
To quote Joshua Slocum from his book Sailing Alone Around The World.