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The original drawings for relatively small boats like Peggy Bawn, with little likelihood of "after sales service" requirements, were destroyed by G.L. Watson & Co., as the press for storage space became acute in an office that had produced thousands of drawings, especially for huge steam yacht projects.

So, one of our first tasks was to meticulously measure her to create a new set of drawings, including full size on the loft floor. At the same time, and just as carefully, every detail of her construction was recorded in data books. This slow process paid off countless times in the eventual rebuilding of the hull using the same procedures and materials used in 1894, and in the reinstatement of as much of the rest of her as possible.

One of the most fascinating and sometimes exasperating elements was sourcing wood of the same quality and species she'd originally been built with; no easy task but, with the exception of suitable Rock Elm for her steam bent timbers, we succeeded. In some cases we even found better quality material than used originally, especially the Pitch Pine (Pinus palustris) hull planking.

With such high quality materials to work with, our team of skilled craftsmen, many of whom came together originally to build the famine ship replica Dunbrody in New Ross, couldn't fail to be enthused.

Photo by Iain McAllister
John Colfer & Brendan Madden fastening
Photo: Iain McAllister

Michael Kennedy Lofting
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Photo by Iain McAllister
Ready for deck
Photo: Graham Bailey
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