National Geographic : 1997 Jun
hull, which ranged from two tc enemy cannonball in the 1812 bounced off Constitution'sside declared, "Huzzah! Her sides ai PAINTING BY RICHARDSCHLECHT "This ranks with being a stonemason working on Notre Dame," says ship restorer Mike McBride. As if moving a massive stone, he levers an 1,100 pounrdtandard knee into place. Made of laminated white oak, it supports overhead beans and cannon on the upper deck. Restorer John Shabo checks the fit of a diagonal rider, The originals, removed during earlier overhauls, stiffened the ship's hull and reduced hogging, or bending, of the keel.