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On deck, the schooner is fitted with its original steering gear and wheel, an 1891-cast "A.P. Stoddart, Gloucester" helm. The ironwork is all original, including the boom-bumper and horse, mastbands, and the two manual Edson diaphragm pumps. The windlass, a Gloucester-manufactured hand-cranked log windlass, is set forward. "Booby hatches" have been built and laid over the coamings of the fish hatches to provide all-weather pedestrian access below. Water barrels are lashed in place on deck, as are the ship's boats, along with two modern inflatable rafts. The radio antenna folds down and tucks alongside the aft-cabin deckhouse, minimizing the visual intrusion of the modern world. Firemains are below deck, but reach to the edge of the hatches, providing quick access to them in emergencies. Below deck, the schooner has a fully restored forecastle, with 12 varnished bunks, brass oil lamps, and the huge oak table. One feature of the forecastle is a steel truss rod, with turnbuckle, that was installed in the 1930s when the schooner began to loosen up with age.
The hold, subdivided into the midships berthing area and engineroom, accommodates 16 and two enclosed heads. Aft, and adjacent to the mainmast are four additional, enclosed berths. Between them and below, in the bilges are steel fresh water tanks and a waste holding tank. A watertight bulkhead with a water- tight door separates the accommodations from the engineroom. In addition to the engine and fuel tanks are two kilowatt generators, two flo-max, 3-inch pumps driven by 7.5-h.p. Baldor electric motors and the sewage discharge pump. The engineroom is completely modern, with aluminum diamond plates, fiberglass- wrapped exhausts, and welded steel pipe. The aft-cabin retains its original berths and varnished bird's eye maple and black walnut panelling, with a chronometer used aboard by Capt. Bob Bartlett during his Arctic voyages hanging on the forward bulkhead. The schooner is in excellent condition and retains outstanding integrity. The marks of a fire below decks in 1948, though painted over, are evident on some planks. Worn deck planks, and fittings evident in the earliest known photographs of the ship speak to the age of the vessel and retention of original fabric.
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