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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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Back in the boiler room

Posted on 08/02/2015 by Stephen Attenborough


Buoyed by our success last week with the concrete patch in the cable locker, today we have been working in the boiler room. As we waited for the tide to drop, dried silt was swept up from the bilges and the area around the patch cleaned off as best as possible. Once the tide was low enough, the temporary patch was removed and we were encouraged…

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Cable locker, part VII

Posted on 01/02/2015 by Stephen Attenborough


Yesterday two volunteers spent the afternoon in discussion with people who can help us with the major fundraising and it is looking positive, but today it was back into the cable locker once again. Since we were in there two weeks ago there have been a number of high tides, which have been enough to float the ship and a little water has found it's…

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Time to tidy

Posted on 24/01/2015 by Stephen Attenborough


We didn't have enough volunteers on board today to safely work in the cable locker so instead used the time to finish off some jobs we had already started and tidy up in preparation for the AGM visit in a few weeks time (an official announcement will be made soon) While spending a little time to asses a job I took a rather unusual photograph, can…

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