The schooner Ardelle was launched on July 9, 2011 into the Essex River while spectators watched from the Essex Shipbuilding Museum. The Ardelle, a 50-foot double sawn frame wooden schooner, built by Harold Burnham, was launched using the side launch technique.
Time for the christening!
The Ardelle is leaned on one side and the blocks are removed.
Gravity overtakes friction.
She starts to move!
(And after more than one hour, sitting in the front row, you picked this moment to stand up?)
Time to push. She needs just a bit more persuasion.