Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Back bit

Back bitIt's a bit of a blurry picture, I know.

Maybe time for a new camera????

Anyway, here you see the first of the tiers of pine cladding going in at the back of the stern accommodation area.

Not long now & it will all be done.

Most of the time was spent working out just how I was going to do it, then building the supports for the cladding to go onto.

You can see the supports for the next tier in place there.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

More woodwork

More woodworkThe cladding down below is not finished yet.

I've still got these tricky bits to go with the pine tongue & groove.

Not the hardest thing done here, but not completely straightforward either.

Sometimes this seems like a never ending task.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Nothing happened

Gale force winds and rain.

Obviously not much has happened, work wise, on Lady Jane as a result!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Down below

Down belowNow it's fast approaching winter, and the weather has gone into a steady decline, it's time to continue the good work down below.

On odd days, when it's been miserable, I've been doing some stuff in the stern accommodation space. Not much.

Now it's time to see if I can get this space finished off at last. At least in terms of the overall shell.

After reading posts elsewhere, looking at pictures of other boats and thinking it through, I'll probably paint the wood white instead of varnishing it.

The varnish would probably make the place darker and less appealing.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Arklow Rebel

Arklow RebelA few weeks ago, I took this picture of the Arklow Rebel as she slipped past Lady Jane.

On her way to who knows where, with a load of scrap steel from the yard further up the river.

What always amazes me about these huge boats is how little noise they make, at what must be a relatively slow speed for them, as they cruise on down the river.

Look at how calm and bright it is in the picture - nothing like that now.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008


TorrentThe other week I posted about the Sand Serin listing, now it's Torrent's turn.

Torrent is a regular visitor to the wharf immediately opposite Lady Jane, she brings cargos of sand. Not dredged, but sand from elsewhere, which the cranes in the background offload one bucket load at a time.

Anyway, look at torrent's bow - it's completely out of the water there. I've never seen that before, so I suppose an uncomfortable night for that crew as well.

On the subject of boats with their bows out of the water...

I had read, on the Internet though can't find the article again, of a ship that had lost it's propeller mid Atlantic sometime in the early 1900's.

The crew made a new propeller in the on-board workshop and by flooding the bow so the stern was out of the water, managed to fit the replacement one and so continue the voyage to England.

If I remember correctly, the makeshift propeller is still displayed in some museum in the north of England.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Steelwork progress

Steelwork progressThe ruddy/brown patches are evidence of progress on the 'filling in the holes on the starboard side' project.

The replacement scupper was just one part of this much bigger project.

When we originally painted the starboard side, I had simply filled any 'rusted through' holes over with duck tape.

Now it's time to fix all that properly, else the underlying problem will just get progressively worse.

The port side, I hasten to add, has no holes where they shouldn't be.

I'm learning that welding and wet really do not get along!

Really windy weather is not good to weld in either.

Definitely a job for the dry, calmer, days.