Hi again all our keen readers. Here we are 1/3 of the way through the long maintenance period.
In the last week a lot has occurred on the ship.
The deck house roof has all the first layer of ply fitted and the boys are rapidly bonding the second layer. Our biggest issue on this job has been keeping the water off the working area. Thanks to a gas heater we are able to dry the area out and warm it up to allow the work to progress at this time of year. Hopefully in the next week the deckhead linings will start to be replaced.
The hot galley is still a metal box with work hopefully beginning in the next few days to fit the deck and then the insulation. All the electrics have been removed and new cables are being run.
Work on the yards is progressing well the boys only had to use the kettle on one day to thaw the ice out prior to painting. All the nice new cordage has arrived and is being measured and spliced to the lengths required. The fore topgallant, fore royal and main topgallant were all collected today to go away for specialist repairs and strengthening. As I am sure those of you that have sailed on Lord Nelson will appreciate we always tend to be protective over the yards to stop people over bracing or hoisting the yards.
The chaps in the galley store have done sterling work with the area having all the white paintwork freshened up. We will soon be able to re-instate this area. That will free up more accommodation for all the willing maintainers that are waiting to come and help.
All for now Neil Duncan