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Hooping it up: Ship repair demonstrations to be held Saturday at Mystic Seaport

Mystic — Mystic Seaport Museum shipwright Tom Daniels worked with members of the crew of the schooner Roseway to bend new mast hoops Friday at the Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard.

The 2-foot-diameter mast hoops, crafted from a 21-foot piece of white oak, steamed and then bent around a custom-built jig, are how the schooner's sails are fastened to the mast.

Daniels is making about 30 hoops to replace worn ones on the schooner and will be demonstrating the process to museum visitors from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Roseway, operated by World Ocean School, has stopped in Mystic for several weeks of maintenance, including replacing a hull plank, re-caulking seams in the hull, and sanding and painting, in addition to crafting the new hoops.


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