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Progress with planking ….

Strake N has 2 planks ( 1port and 1 starboard ) to be attached to be completed.  Twelve planks have been attached at the bow and stern as part of the strakes O and P.

 

Completed strakes @15/11/2019

The total completed strakes is 17 with strake M completed during week ending 15/11/2019 and strake N has several planks attached – the unpainted planks in the photo are part of strake N.

Planking – great progress ….

The photos not only show the progress being made but give an indication of the size of the planks and the amount of work needed at the stern of the ship. ( It also appears like a Laurie at work photo shoot )

Completed strakes @6/11/2019

 

The total completed strakes is 16 and the number of planks fixed to the hull is now 211.  Strake L has been completed during week ending 6/11/2019 and strake M has several planks attached.

Steaming planks ….

Planks at various stages of being steamed to the required shape. Planks are wrapped in a heavy vinyl, taken to the ship and clamped at one end to the hull. After a few hours of having the vinyl bag filled with steam  the plank can be gently bent and clamped to the hull. The plank is then allowed to cool and maintain its required shape. Next step is to attach it to hull with bolts, dumps and spikes.

Completed strakes @19/10/2019

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The total completed strakes  is 15 as at 19/10/2019.  Strake K has been completed during the last week. The shipwrights have been busy laying out battens to position the next 8 strakes ( between K and T ).

View of the engine room ….

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The planking has now prevented access to the engine room directly from the barge.