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Important events in the development of Independence.

Preparing for its long journey

8th September 2019 - Visit to Stonington, Ct, USA

Stonington is the town from which the American Sealers, lead by Isaac Pendleton, who built Independence hailed.   American River resident...

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Arrival on a cloudy morning

7th August 2019

Delighted to report that the planking which will form the hull of Independence has arrived in American River. Three large and very heavy packs of...

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Keel in place - from above

11th July 2019

The great day when the keel is finally in position.

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Greg, Paul and Sean putting up the seats

29th June 2019

Build evenings, which are normally held on Thursdays, have been suspended until the weather warms up.  However, that doesn't mean that nothing...

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The partly finished and shaped keel

31st May 2019

Your webmaster has been travelling the world so apologies that there have been no updates for a while.  In my absence, the keel has been taken...

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Some adjustments needed!

28th March 2019

The keel is being prepared for positioning on Independence.  This is likely to be a process of a number of iterations, changing the shape...

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Greg and Grant start lining up the frames ready for final positioning

17 November 2018

Today, we removed the lofting table on which the frames have been built as all frames have now been built and the space is needed to erect the...

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Half a boat!

01 November 2018

All the ribs have now been constructed and as many as possible are in position.  Soon, the lofting table will be removed so that the remaing...

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Peter and Greg discuss the finer points of boat building

30 April 2018

RIG was honoured to be presented with a model of Independence. Peter and Joyce Chapman, from Noosaville in Queensland, visited RIG last year. Peter's...

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Tony and David with John Ayliffe who made the carving

18 January 2018

The first of the Thursday evening workshops was held on 18 January and was enjoyed by the 10 people who took part, despite the high temperatures.

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Josephene joins the group

21 November 2017

John Noble of Kingscote has kindly donated the “Josephene”, together with trailer to RIG. “Josephene “ is a Roberts 32’...

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High up here

Late October 2017

Most of you will know that there is a model of Independence at the junction of Hog Bay and American River Roads. This model attracts much touristic...

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Drawing the winning ticket

30 September 2017

RIG had a stand at the annual Adelaide Show and sold raffle tickets in aid of the project. The prize was a holiday on Kangaroo Island for which...

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Moving a frame

22 July 2017

Each frame needs to have a "floor" added to which the keel will eventually be attached. The photos show Greg bolting the floor in place under the...

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Peter, Tony and Bob

20 May 2017

Today the seventh frame was installed. This will be the last for a wee while as other parts will now be constructed and prepared for installation.

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Tony presenting a RIG pennant to the President of TSASA, Steve Lewis

Early May 2017

Tony and Greg went to the big city on a mission to inspect some hoop pine which has been donated to RIG by an arborist at Smithfield. The timber was...

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Planks starboard side

25 March 2017

The Rebuild Independence Group has instituted a “buy a plank” scheme since its inception. This scheme has proved to be very popular with...

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David Churchill explains the finer points of building a schooner

15 March 2017

We were delighted to welcome Rebekah Sharkie, Member for Mayo and Tony Smith, Speaker of the House of Representatives. They spent some time in the...

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3 Frames in place

11 March 2017

3 frames are now in place and you can see clearly the shape of the vessel. The front frame is considerable narrower because it is close to the bows.

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This may tell us.

14 January 2017

Ian Moffat, Flinders Uni Archaeology Dept., is working on creating a grid pattern to help in determining where the original Independence was...

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