Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Exhausts, doors and a hole in my boat
Saturday, August 29, 2009
The skipper is going to hate this...
He's too modest.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
First thing is to get Heroine out of the boat shed, and she seems reluctant, modest almost. The tyres on the forklift were smoking by the end but then she was in position on the slip-way.
The deckhouse looks very big to me, and it never did before, I think it is because we are so used to seeing trawlers everday now that Heroine looks unusual. Not compared to Malahide trawlers though...
Now the superstucture is on, Heroine is pulled back into the shed, and we get a chance to clamber around and have a look. Suddenly H looks like a proper boat, and strangely, the yard seems to be taking us a bit more seriously now we have a bridge and deckhouse...
Monday, August 10, 2009
Deckhouse Going On...
The nearest converted trawler, our friend, the St. Britwin, recently had her decks oiled in this way, and I must say it did smell really lovely and look very authentic and traditional. Here is a picture of St Brit on the slip with us (she usually lies outside the Eyemouth Maritime Museum:-
The crane's job is to move the deckhouse from one side of the Eye Water to the other, where Heroine lies. Inbetween the start and finish position is a pontoon and a steel barge, the "Rosamund", so the structure will have to be lifted over these. The distance is not inconsiderable either, so, rather to our surprise the first task of the crane is to lift the deckhouse into the river, which is at low ebb, owing to good planning on behalf of Jim, no doubt. While as Coastal's Manager he has the power to levitate staff ("Jump!"), the tides and rivers are not under his command so the timing was important.
Coming into view (photograph taken from the "Rosamund") is the underneath of the deckhouse and the strengthening bars underneath.
Off topic: A note on the pantiles, these are very traditional in the area, but not a local product. Because of the centuries-long trade with the low-countries this kind of roof is often seen on the East coast and is present on some listed buildings too.
Back to the main business - this is all happening fairly early in the morning on a week-day, so there is no crowd gathered.
Although we know that the deckhouse will be sitting in the river for a bit, it is still un-nerving to see our new house being put in this position.
Two of the lads from Coastal Marine taking advantage of the task of un-hooking the crane to catch the sun and enjoy a new view of the town and the river.
The crane drove away back up the road and came back down Brown's Bank to take up the new position, to fetch the deckhouse from the river and put it onboard. The man in front would traditionally be carrying a red flag, but we are a more modern town now.
This shows the "Rosamund" on the left and the deckhouse approaching.
At this point, I was not sure where the deckhouse was going...
The skipper looking a bit disappointed on the deck. So near.