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Alma Needs New Nails – Campaign Update

THE  ALMA  DOEPEL  RESTORATION  SUPPORTERS  CLUB  IS  CONDUCTING  A CAMPAIGN  TO  RAISE  MONEY  FOR  THE  COST  OF  THE  NAILS  REQUIRED  FOR FURTHER  PLANKING.  PLEASE  GO  TO  THE  SUPPORTERS  CLUB  SEPTEMBER  NEWSLETTER  LINK  BELOW ,  SEE  THE  DETAILS  AND  CONSIDER  ASSISTING  THIS GREAT  RESTORATION.

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New work at the bow ….

The planks from the starboard bow section have been removed and the frames are being assessed for any repairs that are needed. One new frame ( 5th from the bow ) has been shaped and fixed in place.

Great planking progress ….

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Port stern planks about 2 weeks ago  …

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About a week later the planks have been steamed and shaped, fixed to the frames and painted.

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The number of fixed starboard planks is the same as the port side. These planks have given the hull the desired level of rigidity and strength while the lower planks are removed.

Pinrail repairs ….

A section of the aft pinrail had several soft sections of timber that needed replacing. All the soft timber was removed and graving pieces ( the new looking timber ) shaped to fit. When the shaped timber fits to within the millimeter it can be glued and doweled into place. Timber sections repaired like this are then stained, varnished or painted before being returned to their position on the ship.

Planking continues ….

These photos show how a plank that is straight and untwisted after having the plain scarf cut, is attached to the frames wrapped in black plastic. The ” steam machine ” pumps steam into the plastic bagging to heat the plank so that it can be be bent and twisted. After heating the plank is screwed, clamped etc to the frames and it will then maintain this shape as it cools.  It can be attached with bolts and dumps to the frames and hull beams only after the fit is checked by the shipwrights.

Planking ….

Starboard planking of the ship has continued and with the positioning of battens ( the small unpainted timber below the sheer strake ) more planks should be ready to be attached to the frames. The planks are attached initially with clamps and large screws and are only permanently bolted or dumped when the shipwrights are absolutely satisfied with its position and shape.

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Planking on the port side has progressed to the point that the sheer strake has been attached and the battens also lay out the exact position of several more planks. Note the bare timber of some frames – they had been painted but to get the precise shape for the hull further adjustment was made by planing the frames. The restoration of Alma Doepel has been fortunate to have such skilled and meticulous shipwrights employed.

 

Lodging knees update ….

Two knees ready for priming and painting. These knees have had the unsound timber removed and hardwood pieces doweled and glued in place. It would appear that the centre triangular timber is all that remains of the original knee. The laminate pieces have been glued in place to maintain the shape, size and strength of the knees.

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This photo shows the laminate pieces being glued to the rest of the knee. This usually takes three lots of gluing to complete – each time “attaching” two laminates.

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These 2 knees have more sound timber and will not need the curve laminate pieces to be glued to the original timber. Some timber has been replaced on the straight edges.