Rebuilding the Rhoda Mary

The Rhoda Mary Project will have significant public appeal both within Cornwall and beyond. The site of the rebuild is envisaged to serve as a visitors’ centre and provide revenue to support the project. In Rochefort, France, the site of the building of a replica of the Hermione, the frigate that in 1779 conveyed Lafayette to North America, has been open to the public with great success.

The rebuild site will be a weatherproof hangar big enough to accommodate the Rhoda Mary and positioned to allow the visiting public to appreciate her true size and shape. Adjoining workshops, for wood-working machinery and a forge will be needed. A spar and sail loft will also later be required.




Masters and apprentices

The core restoration team will consist of 4 skilled shipwrights and a blacksmith. The rebuild will start with 2 trainees, adding another 2 every three months, working alongside those that are already in the team until there is a complete team of 8 trainees built up over the first year.

These trainees will be given a variety of tasks, working through all aspects of the project – woodwork, metalwork, engineering, sail making and rigging. These positions will be partly supported by public funding.


Rhoda-Mary-shipwright

Rhoda-Mary-new-build-detail


The Rhoda Mary Project will have significant public appeal.

 


Original-Rhoda-Mary-planked

Original-Rhoda-Mary-hull-nearing-completion


The skills of the Ferrises found some expression in many of the schooners built on the south-west coast.


Basil Greenhill, The Merchant Schooners