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Haven nearing completion.  Photograph courtesy of Finger Boatworks.

Almost There! Haven 12.5 Update

A closer view of the coamings.  Photograph courtesy of Finger Boatworks.

I must apologize.  Not only have I not updated you on the Haven, I have not been posting too much lately.  With a fulltime+ occupation and a 2 ½ year old, time is not my own!

But I am happy to report that a lot has been done.  And, I think you can see that from the images that are included here. 

As of July 27th, the aft bulkhead and deck have been put in place and are painted.  Half of the cockpit coamings have been steamed and bent on the jig.  The forward deck beams are in and the forward bulkhead is being fitted.  Even the forward portion of the boat has been painted with the owners recently chosen paint scheme – nice choice owner!  The Haven is promised for October and we hope that it will be completed before that.  Finger Boatworks is about to get more busy too with another much bigger boat about to be started.


The Nation of Nantucket

The “Nation of Nantucket” was coined by Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1847.  It was used by Edward Byers as the title of his 1987 publication on Nantucket society and politics from 1660 – 1820.  Both men spoke of the isolation and uniqueness of Nantucket and that such a title was fitting for our tiny spit of land far out at sea.  I, too, feel that it is appropriate – on many levels.  I use it as the title of this column because here I intend to regale you with all sorts of stories about Nantucketers, island life, island institutions, and the history (good and bad) of a small island that had an enormous influence on the world.  My focus will be mainly on Nantucket women, of course, but I will add some other things of interest to me – and I hope you – as well.  Stay tuned and to read my blog for the Maria Mitchell Association go to “Maria Mitchell’s Attic.” And to read more about Nantucket's daring daughters, check out my new book The Daring Daughters of Nantucket Island: How Island Women from the Seventeenth through the Nineteenth Centuries Lived a Life Contrary to Other American Women available at island bookstores and on Nantucket Chronicle's Marketplace.

Jascin N. Leonardo Finger has served as curator of the Mitchell House at the Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association since 1999.  She holds a Master’s in History.  Her passions are her family, all things Nantucket, good food, weaving, and photographing historic architecture.  The island has been a part of her life since she was introduced to it at age 1½ by her parents.  She lives year-round on the island with her husband, a naval architect, their son, and their Siberian Husky who takes them on long walks from one glorious end of the island to the other.