On Tuesday May 22, Lincoln Academy’s Metal Sculpture class visited Washburn & Doughty Shipyard in East Boothbay. Washburn & Doughty, a local tugboat company founded in 1977, initially constructed fishing boats, later expanding into passenger vessels and its premiere z-drive tugboat. Since 2007, they have become one of the largest builders of the tugboats on the East Coast.

In 2018 the company was awarded the vehicle and passenger ferry contract to service Maine Department of Transportation.

After being greeted by Darla Jewett, Washburn and Doughty’s Director of Human Relations and safety, LA students toured the shipyard in small groups. The tour allowed the students to see the skills they had been learning in LA’s metal shop in a hands-on application in the shipbuilding industry, including the angle grinders, oxy-Acetylene torch cutting, and electric welding.

Students were also able to visit the engineering department, where boats are designed on a program similar to those used by LA students in architectural drawing, engineering and CAD class.

W&D Z drive tug

A Z-Drive tug at Washburn and Doughty in East Boothbay.

Each major phase of the shipbuilding was explained by tour guides, from computer design, to jigs and separate pieces, to fitting and welding, followed by finishing, which includes mechanical, plumbing, electrical, carpentry and painting, etc., until the completed vessel is ready for launch.

“As an art class, Metal Sculpture emphasizes the fundamentals of metal fabrication, starting at the beginning with heat control as a core skill for most metal applications,” said Kirsten Campbell, who teaches metal sculpture and art at Lincoln Academy. “By bringing my metal class to Washburn & Doughty, students get to see the same skills tools they have been working with all trimester, just amped-up and in real life building scenarios. I think it is also important to introduce as many kids as we can to local companies within areas of focus many different students may be interested in. We are grateful to Washburn and Doughty for being so generous with their time.”