Schooner Lavengro's Refit
On January 4, 2010, volunteers from the Northwest Schooner Society
hauled out the Society’s 55 foot schooner Lavengro and undertook a
substantial refit of the hull. Experienced volunteers showed the new
hands how to strip off the plywood sheathing that protected Lavengro
during her years in Hawaii. The sheathing, held on with several
thousand copper ring nails, hid some old bruises, some tired
fastenings, and buckets full of the sticky tar-and-paper mess known as
“Irish felt.” After spending two and a half weeks stripping the hull
down to bare wood, volunteers moved on to drilling for, and then
driving, more than a thousand new 3.5 inch #18 fasteners below the
While the volunteers cleaned up and refastened the hull, professional
shipwright Mark Lerdahl tore out several damaged planks and three
broken frames from the port quarter.
He shaped and fitted three new
ribs, installed new planks, then caulked them in. With the hole
repaired and Lavengro’s hull sound and fit for another 83 years of
sailing, volunteers re-established the boot top and painted the
bottom. Thirty six days after she hauled out, the Lavengro splashed,
ready to go sailing.
With the loss of the Metro Dock at the north end of Lake Union in Seattle, Lavengro has moved her main base of operations to Brownsville in Kitsap County, Washington. The Schooner Lavengro has been a frequent guest of the Port of Brownsville for two years now. She has participated in local events such as Kitsap Harbor Festival, Tall Ship visit to Port Orchard, The Annual Tall Ship visit of the Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain to the Port of Brownsville, Blackberry Festival at the Port of Bremerton and the Brownsville Appreciation Day as well as many other sailing opportunities. The Ship and Crew have received a warm welcome at every Port we have moored at and wish to continue serving Kitsap County locations. For more information, visit Schooner Lavengro's homepage.