|First Stages of Re-building||My grandfather, Col. Berkeley R.
Lewis, II, and his brother, Col. Robert Lewis, salvaged this boat off the
North Shore of Lake Superior sometime back in the early 1940's. And
as my Uncle Berk (BRL III) says "It was old then!" So, truthfully,
we have no idea how old the original boat really is. But it seems
reasonable to think that it could be as much as 100 years old!
When Berk and Robert salvaged the boat, they apparently
replaced several of the frames, but most of the hull planks appear to be
the originals. Old screw holes from the original frames were filled
with wooden pegs , and the new frames were placed immediately fore or aft
of the originals (see photo).
They also rigged the boat for sail. This required the addition of lee-boards, a tiller, and, of course, a sail. It was gaff-rigged, with a small jib. With the exception of some fiberglass sheathing that was added to stabilize the hull sometime in the 1950's, little or nothing was changed in the design of the boat from the early 1940's to the last time it was sailed in 1979 (see photos).
Comparison of the boat sometime in the 1940's (above) and in 1979 (below).
The photo above from 1979 shows the full sail rigging with the