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Re-using hull planks ….

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Many hull planks are able to be repaired and used again but not as planks. The sound timber has all metal removed and the holes drilled out. A hardwood dowel is glued in each hole with the excess glue and dowel then removed. The plank is then sanded ready for priming. This timber can then be reused, generally in the interior of the ship. By spending the time and effort in repairing these planks much of the 114 year old timbers are being saved.


More frames ….

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Two large pieces of reclaimed timber being shaped as replacement frames.

Two new laminated frames – shaped and ready to be fitted to the hull. Photos taken on 4th November 2017 and these frames are already in position on the hull.

Three more frames ready for fitting to the hull – photographed Saturday the 11th of November.

Bow comparison ….

Two photos taken 3 weeks apart ( 7/10/17 and 28/10/17 ) illustrating the progress being made by the shipwrights and volunteers.  Several port bow frames and ceiling boards have been removed and the chain locker and forward crew cabin have both been refurbished while easily accessible.

Framing progress ….


Terrific progress has been made on the starboard bow with many more frames constructed and positioned. Further shaping of the installed frames has continued to show the final contours of the hull.

Several port frames aft of the bow thruster have been replaced with new laminated frames. Great to see the bow taking shape on both sides of the hull.

The last photo again shows the plain scarf joints that join the sections of the frame.

More recycled wharf timber ….

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Several packs of donated reclaimed wharf timber have arrived at Shed 2.  Each piece of timber is inspected by sight for any metal like bolts and nails and after any sighted metal has been removed, two people independently metal detect all sides of the timber with a scanner. Any missed metal is detected and then removed. This is necessary so that there is no damage to the saw blades at the mill.

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After the large timber pieces are milled, they return to Shed 2 as 20mm thick pieces similar to a wooden fence paling.

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These thin pieces of timber are then laminated into frames to be fitted to the ship.  The last photo illustrates the complex shape that the frames can be. Many need bending and some twisting as well.  These frames are fitted with almost millimetre accuracy to the hull.


More restored knees ….

When the stern decking was lifted to inspect the deck beams and the 2 carlings beside the Master’s cabin, several lodging knees were found the need repairing. These knees have bben repaired by the volunteers and are almost ready for the shipwrights.

Frame production ….

Frames being constructed to exact lengths, widths and thickness ready to be fitted to the bow section of the hull.