replica 19th century square topsail sloop has been coated with products supplied by Akzo Nobel.
The vessel, called Friends Good Will, is a modern replica of an old actual trading sloop—built in 1810—which sailed the Great Lakes in the United States.
Built without plans—in common with the original—the new craft was coated stem to stern, inside and out, with the company’s Interlux® finishes, including Toplac®, Brightside® and Micron® CSC.
Put together using wood epoxy laminate construction, Friends Good Will is the result of three years’ work by the Michigan Maritime Museum, from inception to design and specification. She was designed and built by Scarano Boats of Albany, New York, who have built several replicas in the past.
The tall ship will now be used by the museum as an educational floating classroom, tourist attraction and regional ambassador, as well as being made available for charter.
(Released: January 18, 2005)