Here is a nice shot. The ship is getting re-planked. You can see the two new planks that were installed last week. Neither of them needed steaming even though they are nearly three inches thick. the hull shape here is generally constant so the planks didn’t need to be twisted. Note the batten, (the thin piece of wood above the two new planks.) that is being used to define the upper edge of the next new plank. When the yard crew took off the old planks they revealed the original plank lines scored into the frames by the workers in England. to make sure this line is fair, that is, it runs smoothly from frame to frame a thin batten is tacked up on the old marks. Everything looks sweet.
In this shot we can see, not only the two new planks on the port side but also the new plank on the stern. These planks are all straight edged and flat so they go only relatively easily. At least it seems so from the ground.
This shot is somewhat disconcerting to look at at first. It shows Danny using a welder to work on the stem.
What he is actually doing is welding a bolt head onto an old steel drift pin that would couldn’t get out of the stem.
Like the shipyard workers when removing hull fastenings, we next took a big pry bar to the head of the welded on bolt to draw out the old drift. It worked slick.
Speaking of welding and metal and such, this vessel is our newest neighbor on the railway next to Mayflower at the shipyard. It is kind of sobering to think this is the third such neighbor we have had while we have been in the yard this year.
To be fair they have all been steel hulled vessels and as far as I know they don’t need any crooked timbers to replace frames or special planking stock for their repairs. Sigh…