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Recreating the Schooner “Independence" built in 1803 on Kangaroo Island.
Recreating the Schooner “Independence" built in 1803 on Kangaroo Island.

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Hi G+ folks,
Thanks for your support. Alas, we've decided to focus our social media efforts on Facebook. Please follow us over there instead.
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Earlier this week a number of VIPs visited the Boathouse. They were impressed with RIG's progress.
Photo #1: Andrew Boardman, Mayor Peter Clements, Jamie Briggs and KI Commissioner Wendy Campana
Photo #2: KI Council CEO Andrew Boardman, RIG President Tony Klieve and Jamie Briggs MP
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2016-04-28
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Don't miss the next Boathouse Bazaar this Saturday. All proceeds go to RIG.
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RIG held its first lofting workshop at the Boathouse yesterday, lead by instructors Bob Imeson and Andy Wood. Participants learnt about the fundamentals of lofting, which is the art of drawing up full-size outlines from plans for parts of a vessel. The second one will be held tomorrow Thursday 16th 1 - 4 pm, when Tuesday's lesson will be put to practical use in constructing a frame template.
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2016-03-15
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RIG was out in force to greet folks coming ashore from the Queen Victoria.
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Queen Victoria visit
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A mysterious timber post has been discovered under the beach outside the Deck Cafe during construction of the retaining wall by Steve Berzel and his crew. Initially it was dismissed as a nuisance to be cleared for the wall foundations. But it turns out to be more interesting; maybe very interesting. It is 5.3m long, between 350 mm and 550 mm in diameter and was felled by axe. It slopes gently down the beach above the high water mark. The original piles of the timber wharf at American River were made of turpentine from Fraser island but this log is made of a dense close-grained timber the colour of oak. Half way along its length on top is an iron spike which was attached to a stone wedge on the downward side. Samples of timber have been sent for analysis and a description has been sent to Flinders University which conducted an archaeological survey for traces of the Independence a few years ago. Council and the State government have been informed.
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- A stone wedge attached with tar to the iron spike to form a level ‘step' on the sloping log
- Tony Klieve showing the stone wedge on the mystery log
- Tony Klieve and Ian King, retired River harbourmaster, discuss the possible origins of the mystery timber which lies at the original beach level and perpendicular to the river channel
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2016-02-17
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Construction of the Independence replica is under way in the Boathouse based on the historic designs purchased from America last year. The plans are being adapted to meet Australian standards by a distinguished naval architect Howard Peachey and the build will be led by Bob Imeson, River resident and retired commercial shipbuilder. The plans are currently being ‘lofted’ to full scale. Initially the vessel is being built upside down on a 'jig’ or ‘strongback’. Visitors to the Boathouse will see that it has already been constructed.The plans have been on display since last September. Once the main timbers are in place the hull will be turned over for construction of the interior and deck timbers.

Photos: (1) the strongback, made of local timbers from Parndana, (2) the schooner plans on display in the Boathouse and (3) Steve Berzel, Tony Klieve and Brenton Whelan putting the finishing touches on the strongback.
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2016-02-09
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Hi folks,
RIG will be holding a Boathouse Bazaar in front of the Independence Boathouse on a monthly basis, beginning this Saturday 30th January, from 9am till noon. Have a browse through the selection of books, tools & sundry items as you head into the Deck Cafe for a coffee or lunch. Any contributions of goods, books, etc. are welcome & much appreciated. All proceeds go to the Rebuild Independence project. It is planned to make the Boathouse Bazaar a regular monthly event on the last Saturday morning of each month. Another great reason to make American River your destination for your weekend outing!
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STOP PRESS: RIG wins KI Project of the Year!
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2016-01-25
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