Friday, December 10, 2004

From the deck of Lady Jane

For those that are interested, here is a little more detail on the construction and layout of Lady Jane.

Lady Jane is a single engine, steel hull trawler. She is entirely welded (as opposed to riveted which is apparently not as strong) and divided by 5 watertight bulkheads into 6 classic trawler compartments which comprise of; steering room, galley with crew quarters, engine room with battery room and wheelhouse, fish hold, forward locker and the net locker. The stern is of the cruiser stern type, rounded to take heavy seas.

To give you an idea of the size of the boat, these are the approximate sizes of the various parts of Lady Jane. This picture was taken by the previous owners when she was out of the water last year.

Forward locker - 16ft wide, narrowing to bow and 7ft high
Net locker - 16ft wide, narrowing to bow and 12ft high
Fish hold - 20ft wide at widest, narrowing below, 38ft long, 14ft high
Engine room - similar size to fish hold
Crew quarters - 18ft wide, 20ft long, 12ft high
Steering room - 16ft wide, 5ft long, 8ft high
Galley - 14ft wide, 12ft long, 7ft high
Battery room - 14ft wide, 12ft long, 6ft high
Wheelhouse - 14ft wide, narrowing to 8ft wide, 10ft long, 7ft high

If you noticed their absence, and are curious, the heads (toilet) are next to the galley and the shower room is next to the battery room.

In terms of accommodation, Lady Jane was built to sleep 7 in total. There is generous crew space within the crew quarters, complete with 6 'coffin' bunks, so called because they have a restricted entry to the bunk, providing the occupant with a cozy, personal space, each with their own light and storage area. The coffin bunks are presumably built so as to prevent crew members falling out of bed in heavy seas! There is also a bunk in the wheelhouse for the skipper.

Lady Jane was built simple, but tough, for an extreme working environment in the North Sea. Because of her inherent strength, I have no concerns about taking her on any kind of voyage. In some ways I think she is the marine equivalent of the old style Land Rovers which seem to last forever.

This is a big project for me - at an overall length of 27 meters (90 odd feet), that is twice the length of my house, and at 6.2 meters (20 odd feet) wide about the same width as my house. With the wheelhouse, Lady Jane has 3 decks, which equates to three floors on a house. It should therefore be no surprise to the reader that driving the thing worries me a bit.

A final note, she draws approximately 9ft - in other words needs water at least 9ft (3metres) deep to stay afloat.


  1. Excellent stuff, Tim, very educational. Draft, heads, cruiser sterns... Wasn't the riveted hull part of the problem with the "Liberty ships" on the Russian convoys in WWII? I seem to recall that the combination of riveted hull, freezing temperatures then inevitable stress fractures led to numbers of the Liberty ships literally snapping in half!

  2. Thanks for that Lever.

    The liberty ships story is new to me, but it certainly sounds plausible.