Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Lewis fitting one of the deck beams, dovetailing one of the ends into the beam shelf.
The wood stanchions are being set out in order, ready for their first fit.
Inside the tent where the interior work is being done, Kawashima and Hashimoto are working on the restoration of the crew companionway hatch.
Now that the engine room bulkhead has been installed, Ben is able to work on fitting the generator bed.
It’s hard to make out in this photo, but the grey piece under the beam is a wrought iron knee that’s been fitted to support the beam.
The deckhouse is the next of the deck structures to get the attention of the restorers.
Friday, May 3, 2019
The old keel bolt holes had remnants of white lead and polyester that had been applied over the years. We ground them clean and round with a flat bottom to prepare them to hold the washers for the bolts.
Paul was under the keel making sure of the alignment of the bolts. The lead is so soft that if the alignment is off, the bolt can dig into the side of the hole and jam.
Monday, May 6, 2019
Paul often drops by the interior tent, to check on progress and to make new assignments.
Demetri is shaping a piece of lead to add to the ballast. Sometime in the past, the ballast had cracked at the keel bolt hole at the front tip, where it comes to a point. Someone had fixed it with stainless steel lag bolts into the timber to hold it in place. We cut this part off behind the keel bolt and had a new piece of lead cast with a scarf joint. Then we fitted it to the front of the ballast using the keel bolt and a bronze bolt running through the scarf joint.