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Some filming

Posted on 24/01/2016 by Stephen Attenborough


We were joined by Graham Sayers of Avalon Video on Sunday for his first bit of filming for a promotional video on Freshspring (we'll post the link when it is finished) but we also used the time to remedy a small water leak that was getting into the engine room. The problem was that water was running down the side of the galley, behind the door and…

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Priming the bulwarks

Posted on 01/11/2015 by Stephen Attenborough


After one day last weekend and both days this weekend, Christian HW, Mark R and Stephen A have now completed chipping back and priming all of the bulwarks up the the focle. We'll have to source the black top coat fairly soon so we can get a couple of coats on before the weather really turns. It could be the turn of the wheelhouse next to be smartened…

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A bit of paint on the bulwarks

Posted on 17/10/2015 by Stephen Attenborough


Now Freshspring is settled in her new berth we have been spending a little time to smarten her up. We've had to strip off the majority of the paint on the outer of the bulwarks as it appears to have been coated with some form of bitumastic paint that is not adhered to the steel very well and reacts with new paint. Fortunately it comes off quite…

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A change of berth

Posted on 30/09/2015 by Stephen Attenborough


There was plenty of activity on board Freshspring today as we had to move her from the inlet we put her in just over a year ago, back into the main flow of the river about 100ft from where she was previously. Fortunately she will be more sheltered from the bores than two years ago due to a pair of barges downstream from her, but we do still need to…

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Open day preparation and high tides

Posted on 31/08/2015 by Stephen Attenborough


There have been high tides on the River Severn this week, which means Freshspring has been afloat, giving us an opportunity to re-tension the mooring ropes and check that all of the compartments of the hull are watertight, which they still are. In preparation of the Heritage Open Day in just under two weeks time, John A has been busy fabricating a cover…

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Forward hatch painting

Posted on 16/08/2015 by Stephen Attenborough


On Saturday John A and Stephen A continued the superstructure painting, this time it was the skylight for the forward crew accommodation. As per the galley, we have just removed the (very) loose paint and flatted it back to take a coat of primer, but we took the option to remove the covers completely to get better access. While we were there with angle…

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Boiler lagging and galley paint

Posted on 12/07/2015 by Stephen Attenborough


Over the past few weeks we have been removing the remaining lagging from the boiler shell, it was preformed sections of CalSil, wired and nailed onto chicken wire, then plastered over and covered with fibreglass sheet. We now just have one end left to do before cleaning off and protecting the steel. Yesterday John A, Stephen A and Mark R we were joined…

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A look at the diesel generator

Posted on 22/06/2015 by Stephen Attenborough


Taking a break from painting in the boiler room and making more of the great weather we were having, we decided to have a look at the diesel generator on Sunday. The generator is mounted on the upper deck behind the funnel and was used to provide electricity should the steam powered set be out of commission for any reason. It's not been run up for…

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Quadrant painting and boiler chipping

Posted on 15/06/2015 by Stephen Attenborough


Updates from the previous week. On Tuesday, new volunteer John Cooper made sterling work of cleaning and priming the steering quadrant. Over the weekend the boiler room was tidied in preparation for a visit tomorrow and some time was found to chip some of the boiler frontage and the first foot or so of furnace tube. This was given a quick going over…

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One boiler furnace front removed

Posted on 07/06/2015 by Stephen Attenborough


After quite a bit of time in the preparation and planning we have been able to remove the centre furnace front on the boiler. The problem we had was that there is a lack of suitable points above it to suspend the lifting tackle and we did not want an angled pull incase the frontage swung free. To give us more room, the smokebox door was removed and…

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