The week began, as every week does, with Paul going over the schedule with everyone. He sees everything, and he gives advice to newcomers, even on how to sweep, telling them, “As you sweep, take a good look at what each person is doing.”
The hole for the rudder tube leading up to the deck was completed, and Monday saw Graham and Richard trial fit the rudder tube in the hole to check the clearances. The tube was placed in the hole again and again until the fit was perfect.
By Wednesday, the rudder stock was in place, the next step before installation of the quadrant, the steering gear and finally the ships wheel which will steer the ship of almost 100 tons with no power assistance whatsoever, quite a remarkable feat.
Mattis and Richard continued work preparing the caprails for installation atop the stanchions. The teak planks which will be used as the wash-strake (the lowest plank in the bulwalk) are steamed in order to bend them to a graceful curve as they attach to the stanchions.
Feargus, the project manager, arrived on Wednesday evening. He was here through the rest of the week, and a lot of time was spent confirming the schedule, the arrival of parts and the situation of the restoration with Paul and Ben. On Thursday, there were meetings regarding the ship inspection and also how to move Cynara from her tent to the water’s edge.
Today, two holes for the anchor chain or hawsepipes were drilled through the knightheads chocks (the heavy bulwark timbers either side of the bow). Once again, the boring bar came in handy.
The same day, two UK electrical engineers arrived to check the wiring diagrams and discuss how to proceed.
And, varnishing the masts continues.
Checking the fit of the rudder shaft tube in the hole.
Graham carefully boring out the rudder shaft tube hole.
Mattis cutting a rebate in the knighthead chock.