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THE BUILDING OF THE SAN JUAN IN 2019

30/3/2020

THE BUILDING OF THE SAN JUAN IN 2019

Last year was a significant milestone in the construction of the San Juan; in 2019 the structure of the hull and of the castles was completed... well, except the sterncastle, as we have reached the roof of the shed! We managed to finish the forecastle, with only a few centimeters to spare, so now it's done, except for some minor details.

We also finished the top deck, which is transversally divided in the middle by the dale, a substantial wooden gutter in which the bilge pump will pour the water extracted from the bilge in order to evacuate it out of the ship. About one metre forward there's the main mast partner, a solid frame meant to support the main mast, with its two great wooden blocks. From there forward there are the ship's hatches, all the way to the forecastle.
The forecastle's lateral bulwarks are reinforced by the 'postareos', for which there's no translation into today's English, meaning vertical reinforcements that also support the channels of the foremast; these 'channels' are external structures where the shrouds, or thick ropes that keep the foremast upright, are made fast.

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The sides of the hull above the top deck have been planked with planks and wales. These wales are strong ribbands with a thickness more or less double than the planks; there's usually one wale for every one or two planks.

The beak of the ship is also made; its strong structure projects itself proudly from the bow of the ship. Nowadays the beak, the forecastle and the channels form a beautiful set that shows us that the completion of our dream is getting closer.

Like now you cannot go to the museum to visit San Juan, we will share these days photographs of the construction process during 2019. Below are the most significant works of JANUARY.

ENJOY!