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The Repair

27 July 2010 | Cartwright, Labrador, Canada
We asked around about lifting equipment in Cartwright. People here are quite helpful, and, being a long way from cities, were used to making do with what is available. There were no cranes in the area, but the town council owned a small excavator. We had a look at the excavator, and it looked capable of lifting the mast, but, before we found the operator, Yann said he could do the repair with just hydraulic jacks.

I borrowed a couple of screw jacks from the local service station and we tied the bottom of the mast to several winches to control its movement. Then, as seen in the picture, Yann raised the mast with the jack and cut the bottom 5cm off. The mast was then lowered into its step, and I started work on replacing the broken shrouds and checkstays and tightening/shortening the other wires.
Vessel Name: Issuma
Vessel Make/Model: Damien II, 15m/50' steel staysail schooner with lifting keel
Extra: Designed for Antarctica. Built in France by META in 1981. Draft 1.3m/4.5' with keel up, 3.2m/10.5' with keel down. More details at
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