Dave Grizwold and Pete Rust are restoring a 1930’s Navy Whale boat at Port Townsend Shipwright’s Co-op.  The boat was a service work boat for mine sweeper navy ships.  There were thousands of boats built like this, yet this is one of only two left in it’s original configuration and the last one with the original engine.  The owner, from Bellingham, began restoring the boat twenty years ago and is now putting it into the hands of the Shipwrights Co-op.  The project is a complete reframe, rebuilding the whale boat to it’s original state for use as a pleasure boat.  Martin Mills will restore the engine.  Pete has built and installed the new stem.  The stem, stern post and most of the keel components will be rebuilt.  Eighty percent of the backbone stem, stern stem, and keel baton will be rebuilt close to it’s original form.

The Whale Boat to be restored at Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op.

The Whale Boat to be restored at Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op.

The Whale Boat to be restored at Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op.

The Whale Boat to be restored at Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op.

The Whale Boat to be restored at Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op.

The Whale Boat to be restored at Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op.

Forefoot Stem roughed out for the Whale Boat restoration project at Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op.

Forefoot Stem roughed out for the Whale Boat restoration project at Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op.

Forefoot Stem roughed out for the Whale Boat restoration project at Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op.

Forefoot Stem roughed out for the Whale Boat restoration project at Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op.

Forefoot Stem installed in the Whale Boat restoration project at Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op.

Stem installed in the Whale Boat restoration project at Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op.

Forefoot Stem installed in the Whale Boat restoration project at Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op.

Stem installed in the Whale Boat restoration project at Port Townsend Shipwrights Co-op.