Planks off ….
As the planks below the waterline are removed the condition of the frames is apparent. Many frames are in sound condition but others will need to be replaced or repaired. Repairs may entail sections being replaced or graving pieces inserted to replace soft areas of timber.
The pictured rope is supporting the weight of the plank. The plank would break as the timber is extremely dense and each plank can weigh up to several hundred kilograms. Four volunteers were needed to carry one plank during the week. Salvaged planks are being kept as they may yet be used in other parts of the ship.