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Laminating frames ….

The following slide show illustrates how the frames for the hull are now being laminated. The timber is old wharf hard wood and is being sawn into various lengths and about 10 mm thick. These pieces are steamed into shape in situ using clamps, bolts, nails and anything else deemed suitable. The bent laminates or pieces are then glued together. More laminates are added by repeating the process. The final frame is planed smooth and painted and appears as if it was made from a single section of timber. All the glue and paint is supplied by our sponsors Hempel (Australia ) P/L.

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Adze marks ….

Original 1903 adze marks were “discovered” on the underside of the chain locker flooring.  Hopefully the timber is sound enough to be returned to the ship.

Further pinrail repairs ….

This section of the pinrail has had several graving pieces inserted to replace the damaged timber that was removed. The middle area and both ends have been repaired and with some final shaping and protection will be ready to be reinstalled on the ship.

Port planks removed ….

Work has progressed with the port bow planks, forward of the bow thruster frames, being removed.  This allows the frames to be inspected. Frames may need to be repaired or replaced. Some ceiling planks have been removed from the interior of the chain locker and crew cabin. The photos show the progress from 2/9/2017 to 16/9/2017.

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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.