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New samson post ….

In August 2018 the samson post was thought to be repairable ( refer to post dated 20/8/2018 ) but it has been replaced. The new samson post  – the large unpainted vertical timber  piece  –  has been constructed and installed. A feature of a sansom post is that it is visible above the deck but extends through all decks to the keelson. This creates the maximum strength for the post which can be used for handling anchors, mooring lines or a tow rope. Thanks to Peter Harris for the update and photo.

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The A frames ….

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In the last few days the starboard A frame has been lifted into position ready to be bolted to the hull. This frame is the support for the propellor shaft and is bolted completely through the hull.

The 2 photos below were taken in early 2013 and show the position and function of the A frame.

This photo below gives an idea of the size of the A frame. Both frames – port and starboard – have been cleaned of rust and primed and painted. Although not large each  would weigh well in excess of 100 kilo.

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Hull update ….

Planing of the hull has been completed and the first of many coats of primer has been applied. Photos dated several weeks ago – end of June 2020.

Port side progress ….

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The planing of the bow section of the port side has commenced.   Date – 28/5/2020

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Five days later the planing is almost finished.  Date  – 2/6/2020

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( Again thanks to Peter Harris for the use of the last two photos )

Bow and stern views ….

Several shots of the bow and stern showing the completed strakes and the graceful shape of the hull.

Fairing commences ….


The bare or unpainted timber showsthe progress with the fairing of the hull. All the timber was painted for weather protection but as the shipwrights plane the planks to the desired shape the paint comes off as well. The hull is to be protected with a coating of a water based adhesive like Aquadhere.


Port side planking ….

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Five weeks ago on the 14th of April 2020 the port side of the hull looked like the above photo.

The photo below ( taken 20th May 2020 ) shows the space is for the last plank to be fixed until the ship is ready to be floated.  Great work in the last 5 week


King plank fitted ….

On Friday 8th of May 2020, the king plank was fitted to the stern of the Alma Doepel.


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King plank being constructed or shaped in the shed from hardwood timber.

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The position the king plank will be fixed.

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The king plank fitted and painted for protection from the elements.

Last batch of spotted gum ….

The last delivery of spotted gum planking timber arrived at Shed 2 today – 27th April 2020.  The planks are required for the completion of the port strakes over the next few months. Some terrific fundraising and donations have made this possible.

Thanks again to Peter for the photos.

Port strakes ….

Work will now concentrate for several weeks on the port strakes – about 25 planks to be made and fastened.  There are five strakes to be finished.AD port side 14042020

Thanks again to Peter for the last 3 photos.