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Deck beams ready for fitting ….

Two new deck beams have been made and are ready to be fixed to the beam shelves at the bow of the ship. The top photo shows 3 pieces of unpainted timber – the left and right pieces are to be scarfed together and fitted forward of the scaffolding shown in the lower photo. The centre unpainted timber piece is to be fitted further forward near the breasthook.

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Painting the stem ….

The stem has been sealed with an epoxy resin and then painted with an aluminium –  based paint from Hempel. Sections where graving pieces are to be inserted have been left unpainted. Further painting will occur after all repairs have been completed.

Another old frame removed …

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Photo above was taken on Saturday 25th August showing an old frame where the supporting timber blocks were situated, with the remnants of 3 planks attached. By the next Wednesday the frame has been removed to be repaired or replaced.

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Framing continues ….

This series of seven photos shows the process of making a frame ready to fit to the hull. Laminates of hardwood ( similar to fence palings in profile ) are stacked and sealed in a  vinyl wrap, steam is pressured into the vinyl bag and the stack is bent into a pre-determined shape. The blue steel jig holds the stack in shape as the wood cools after the steam is shut off. The shaped timber is glued and screwed together until the glue has set. This gives the shipwrights a shaped frame to fix to the hull. Final shaping can then occur.

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Some more ex-wharf timber has been obtained and is being assessed for where best to use it on the Alma Doepel. Photo below shows some already scarfed into sections of the foreward deck beams. Some sections of the beams needed replacing or repairing.

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Stem repairs ….

Some repairs need to be done to the stem – graving pieces are being made for the spaces left when some fittings were removed. Also the second photo shows many holes where small nails have been removed. There are many dowel ends visible where holes have already been plugged with dowel and glue.

Original breasthook ….

One of the original breasthooks has been removed, checked for any flaws, primed and repainted and is now ready to be refitted to the hull. With the foredeck lifted, it is easier  to inspect and maybe remove the timbers like deck beams and breasthooks.