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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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Back to the boiler strip down

Posted on 31/05/2015 by Stephen Attenborough


We've been busying ourselves over the past few weekends preparing the boiler for an inspection. Continuing the work started in March, there are now only four plates of the air ducting around the boiler left to be removed, but all the plates around the centre furnace are off. The plan is to remove the furnace fronts to enable easier access into the…

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Boiler investigations

Posted on 08/03/2015 by Stephen Attenborough


Alan F and Mark R have been busy today down in the boiler room removing access panels on the aft end around the furnace tubes. The plan here is to reveal as much as possible of the pressure vessel so we can determine if the boiler is serviceable. The panels are coming off well, with just the occasional sheared bolt. Meanwhile Stephen A has occupied…

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Gangway steps and engine room cleaning

Posted on 01/03/2015 by Stephen Attenborough


John A has been busy today with carpentry work, assembling and fitting new steps to the gangway platform. The previous steps were second hand when they came to the ship, the spacing of the treads were not best suited to its new location and they had started to deteriorate, so we were keen that they were replaced before the forthcoming AGM later this…

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Cable locker, part VIII and time on the boiler

Posted on 21/02/2015 by Stephen Attenborough


After those past few weeks away from it, John A, Stephen A and Mark R have been back in the cable locker again today, but not before a 5* bore (the largest rated) tidal bore had travelled up the Severn. Freshspring has survived this well, due to our more sheltered mooring. Down in the cable locker, the last floor plates were lifted and a couple of dozen…

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