P.O. Box 91
Gloucester, North Carolina
Notes from the Field - "Cherokee" Huckins Restoration Project
December 12, 2001 No snowmonkeys have
been sighted near the Huckins site, as this is a globally warmed December if there ever was one. Brain-Stormin' Norman
obtained one third of a sawed-up jonboat, and fashioned it into a fine little dinghy after work one day. Not only
did it float, but was featured as part of the Blake Boatworks Zydeco float in the Down East Christmas
parade, cradling our hula-hooping triangle player Xoe Wise.
Norm in his Dinghy on Deck of the Cherokee
Bud Sanding a Bunk Piece
Bryan, Leonard, and Bill fired up the rosebud torches and are in the process of fabricating
the engine mounts. Once shaped, the mounts will be painted
and bolted to the engines. Then the engines will be placed in the boat.
Carrying a Torch for Engine Mounts, Installed Mount
Cherokee's interior is coming right along. The aft cabin now has both bunk
structures permanently in place. Here are shown two drawer cut-outs. The space to the
side and aft of the drawers under the bunk is also used for storage. An electric ram
will be used to raise the mattress and allow access to this area. The stairs, mocked-up and showcased
below by Casey, lead to the companionway. This will give access to the cockpit from
the owner's stateroom. Jeanette is continuing to sketch out interior designs for the master stateroom and the guest staterooms and heads.
Aft Stateroom Bunk and Mock-Up of Stairs
The decking behind the main staircase and over the guest stateroom had been
partially removed earlier to aid in placement of large panels into the interiors of these
rooms. Leonard and Jim are now gluing these decks in permanently. Fish Doc thinks the
light is nice below, and suggests the decking be replaced with skylights - sort
of the inverse of a glass-bottom boat.
Deck Removal above Guest Stateroom
New equipment has been getting delivered like Christmas gifts. That is not
Doctor Who below with his latest time-traveling contraption. It's Bryan checking out
the new S.K. water maker, which is a reverse osmosis system converting salt into fresh.
Also arriving was the Huckin's new Northern Lights generator, the power source.
Water Maker and Generator
In other Cherokee news, Tom Parker and Bud have been working on the pilot
house sides which were removed for sanding and painting. Leonard and Bill Brown have been
preparing the rest of the cabin for fiberglassing and painting. Everyone else is sanding,
sanding, sanding. Bill Davis is employing a board sanding mechanism to work on
the cabin roof.
Tom Parker, Working the Pilot House Sides
Bill Davis Sanding Cabin Roof
While driving through the Outer Banks on the way to a fish meeting, Fish Doc
learned how some of the communities came to be named. Frisco used to be called
Trent Woods. It was renamed after San Francisco by the settlement's first postmaster,
who had shipwrecked off Diamond Shoals years before and married a local girl.
Salvo used to be Clarks, until a Union ship commander spotted the uncharted village
and said, "give it a salvo" (simultaneous firing of cannons). The soldier wrote
"salvo" on the map and the note got picked up by other map makers. Avon was
Kinnakeet, famous for its big stands of oaks and cedars, used to construct the
equally famous Kinnakeet schooners. Waves and Rodanthe were both called Chicamacomico.
Most of the sandy OBX settlements received new names upon the opening of post offices
in the late 1800s when government officials decided the original names were too
confusing and hard to spell. They may be shorter and easier now, but what's more
musical to say than Chicamacomico? Signing off for now, Barbara "Fish Doctor" Blake
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