November 11, 2011
The work on the quarter galleries has been strenuous, beginning back in April and totaling about 3,000 working hours.
Work on the quarter galleries began with carpenters installing different floors and cornices, followed by planking. Sheets of lead were placed on the ceilingsof the quarter galleries, termed the “upper sole.” Following, a frame was made to install faux windows, in which a single small square can be opened to provide light and ventilation. Finally, wooden ornaments, called pilasters, were placed on the woodwork.
The quarter galleries at the stern of the ship were originally designated to be the restrooms of the ship’s commander and officers. Today, they will serve the same purpose, with the addition of a shower at portside.
Frédéric Nobili, a sculptor from Breuil-Magné, will carve the solid wooden ornaments that will be installed under the quarter galleries. Frédéric Nobili is also the sculptor who led the organized initiation workshops for wood sculpting with the Foundation in 2010 and 2011.