As reported in the current issue of Latitude 38, more than three years of labor by several paid shipwrights and roughly 600 volunteers have gone into the construction of the 100-ft LOD brigantine Matthew Turner — which was 100% funded by private donations.
Earlier this week, work crews performed a key step in preparation for the ship’s upcoming launch. It was a simple, inevitable gesture, a tiny milestone marking a huge step: The scaffolding came down, clearing the way for the Turner’s slow roll to the water’s edge — no doubt at a painfully slow pace.
The massive wooden ship is scheduled to be launched Saturday afternoon, April 1 at Sausalito’s Army Corps bulkhead. The Post-Launch Celebration is totally sold out, but there will be free public viewing of the launch from Marinship Park and the Bay Model parking lot. The ceremony will start at 4 p.m. and the launch will be at 5.(Look for our followup report here and in the magazine.)