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Dove-tailing frames ….

 

Previous photos have shown some frames which are continuous from one side of the hull to the other, passing between the keel and keelson. This ties both sides of the hull together for increased strength. Where the centre board cases prevent frames being continuous across the hull, the frames are formed with a half dovetail as shown and fitted to a corresponding slot in the hog timber alongside the centre board case. Iron knees are then bolted in to strengthen the frame to centre board case joint.

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More reclaimed wharf timbers ….

Reclaimed wharf timber is still available and is being used to make the laminated frames or the straighter frames sections. These pieces have large dumps or deck spikes that need to be removed. Chases are cut in the timber near these spikes and old dumps with heads are welded onto them. Removal of the metal pieces is then possible with the hydraulic puller and the timbers are ready to be shaped into frames. A metal detector will be used to make sure that the timbers are metal free if they are to be milled.

Old and new frames ….

Sound old frames lie side by side with new frames. Wherever possible existing frames or sections of them have been kept.  New frames often are situated next to the old sections and indeed are bolted and fastened to them.  An important part of the restoration is to preserve as much of the old timbers without compromising the integrity of the hull.

And the frames keep getting bigger ….

Several frames are being laminated to be installed adjacent to the bow thruster.  The length needed from keel to gunwale is approx. 4 metres. As can be seen, the frames are being laminated as one piece. This will maximise the strength needed for the fitting of the bow thruster.

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This bolt, probably between  the keel and keelson, at the bow was placed there during the 1970’s refit of the ship. It is in good condition and has been derusted, primed and painted.  It will however have frames rebated either side of it and therefore not seen again for maybe 100 years.

 

More frames ….

A special thanks to Ian Stacey, who will provide photos for this blog over the next few months.

New laminated frames being fitted on the port and starboard sides near the bow thruster frames.  Ceiling planks have been reinstalled in the bow section before the bow frames are completed. It is difficult area to work in and would be more difficult and confines if all the frames were in place.  More pallets of ex-wharf timber have been metal detected for metal bits before going to be milled.

 

Stern cover boards ….

The stern cover boards have been repaired and have been laid out on the deck for several months. The shipwrights have commenced laying the boards back to their correct positions. Notice the curved batten outside the stanchions. This batten sets the curve of the cover boards exactly where the shipwrights have determined they should be.

Old markings ….

Old markings on the inside of a plank that has been removed from the hull and is now being reused. As this is an original plank, I guess that these markings were made by the shipwrights who built the ship 114 years ago.