The last section of the new covers was fitted on Saturday 26/11/16. Most of the framing and the covers were replaced after the storm about 6 weeks ago. A good deal of volunteer time has been put into this task. The ship and workers are now protected from the elements – both hot, sunny and stormy wet weather.
Thought I would share a few photos that I came across when looking at the information for the Petersville Regatta. The Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron has the first photo. as part of its promotion for the 2016 Petersville Regatta in December. It appears, from the caption, that the photos are from the 1984 Regatta.
New starboard beam shelf at the stern.
New port beam shelf at the stern.
The two beam shelf sections at the stern have been replaced. The 2 large timbers were shaped in the shed and inserted through the bulkheads from the engine room to the Master’s cabin at the the stern. This procedure is itself difficult considering the weight and dimensions of each timber piece. Once clamped in position, the timber is wrapped in plastic or vinyl and steamed for several hours. As the timber softens the clamps are used to bend and shape the timber to an exact fit to the frames. Bolts and dumps are used to permanently fix the shelf in position. The two beam shelves have beam photographed from the Master’s cabin.
The new covers have arrived and are currently being installed on the refurbished framework. This is a very labor intensive job given the weight of each section that has to lifted onto the frame and stretched and attached securely.
A section of the margin board has been removed from the ship for repairs. A large section of the outer edge has been removed and a graving piece shaped and gluedin place. The end of the margin board also has several cracks that mean the end will be repaired as well. While the end was not rotted or soft the cracks will allow water to penetrate the timber and rotting would commence.
The pieces of last layer of the spar have been shaped and scarfed ready to be glued.
The rudder post has a semi-circular shape to accommodate the rudder stock – see top 2 photos. The rudder post removed from the Alma Doepel is not considered repairable. The flanges that create the “roundness” on port and starboard are to be attached rather than shaped as part of the rudder post. The new flanges are therefore more easily replaced or repaired as they wear over the next decades. The flanges have been shaped and primed – ready to be fitted at some stage.