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Deck Beam Replacement

August 2, 2021
A new deck beam has been installed at the forward end of the aft deckhouse. The beam was made in the shed from laminated spotted gum boards left over from the hull planking stock. Weighing in excess of 600 kg, it was a massive task to lift the beam onto the ship and position it. Another five of these full width beams and associated smaller beams will be required in the replacement deck. Laminating the largest of these in-situ will reduce the work of transporting and lifting fully made beams from the shed.
Beams which may have looked sound from below the deck, here show significant iron degradation of the timber. The shipwrights have removed some surface material to expose the extent of damage. Where rot has not penetrated too far into the beam, a lamination of new material glued to the old may be sufficient to restore a beam. Failing this, the shipwrights will opt to install a new beam

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