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Rolling the Haven 12.5.  Photograph courtesy of Finger Boatworks.

And, She Has Rolled! The Haven 12.5 Goes Upright

Rolling the painted Haven 12.5 upright.  Photograph courtesy of Finger Boatworks.
Upright!  Photograph courtesy of Finger Boatworks.

Didn’t take too long to caulk the hull and paint it!  Then they began the process of lifting her, removed her from the mould, and then they rolled her.  They can do this “easily” with a pulley and winch system.  That is what all those chains are that are dangling around the boat.  I have included a few images for you to feast your eyes upon as it’s a pretty interesting process.  Now that she is righted and sitting on her bottom, they can begin to finish the interior, which includes the sole, the seats, lead ballast – all the finer details towards completion. 

More to come!

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.