After some time of planning and preparation we were ready to face the tuff job of reversing the lentless decay of the hull. Pine timber had been milled and slowly dried for planking. The timber were actually taken out of the same forest in middle Sweden as was the new masttimber of the proud ship Wasa. Oak timber of diameters up to 1 meter were sawed with a hired portable chainsawmill. Autumn 1993 Emma was taken into the Beckholmen drydocks in Stockholm. The project during the winter and spring was to change most of the framing, stanchions and planking astern.
The old frames were in miserable condition and could more or less be shoveld out like soil! In order to restore some of the sheer of the hull, a new keelson made from two long timbers, was fitted fore-to-aft. Support was given from an unemployment project that supported an employee, and the cost of material was financed by the Swedish state funds for the retoration of old Swedish sailships, administred by the maritime museums.
After leaving the docks, we continued the work on the deck, deckbeams and coveringboards abaft and the new davits och aft deckhouse. We also renewed the 4" oak coaming for the cargo lid. New waterboards in 6" oak, inside the covering boards, were fitted around the deck. Finally we finished new bulwarks around the hull, and inside she was equipped with loose cargo floor and a new timber box for storing her 4 tons of ballast.
Finally the hull was documented in drawings with special notice on small details like old holes in deckstructure and traces of colour left from before later rebuilds. This was necessary since by now most of the timber above waterline were beeing renewed.