When you get to be a centenarian you can be expected to look and feel your age. That goes for ships as well as people.
From late last year until the middle of this year, the 109-year-old barkentine Gazela quietly underwent a major restoration at Baltimore's Locust Point shipyard. Time and wear had weakened the 177-foot former fishing ship that is now the sailing ambassador for the city of Philadelphia. Fore and aft, its frames had rotted.
Shipwrights combined contemporary and age-old crafts to restore the tall ship. The hull work called for specialized knowledge. Peter Boudreau, who built the schooners Lady Maryland and Pride of Baltimore II, and Peregrine Woodworks signed on for the project. For six months, they labored with the ship's crew to achieve a seamless blending of their newly built portions of the hull with the old -- to retain Gazela's fine lines and character.