HY Tyne Preservation Newsletter July 2014 Posted on 7th July 2014 by Mike Wade At the end of June, The Ship Wright, T.Nielsen, of Gloucester Docks, visited us. The purpose of his visit was to allow us to discuss with him the proposed work he will undertake to fully asses the vessel and provide us with a comprehensive costing and work statement for stage 2 bid. Having inspected the vessel once again, he remains concerned that the vessel’s hull in particular is in a poor condition and will need extensive work. With this in mind, they have committed to be on site with us from Monday 28th July. They will have a team of 4 people + a visit from the Surveyor and they will start to strip away the fabric of the hull to determine exactly what needs doing. The work is expected to take 2 weeks to complete with minimum disruption to Club Members. However, the Surveyor wants us to incline the hull, such that the wetted area is exposed. Once done part of her sheathing will be exposed to reveal one of the bronze pins which will be extracted for metallurgical inspection. We remain concerned with this and therefore during the week beginning 7th July, we are being visited by a Company who can undertake non destructive testing. If this is not successful, then we may have to incline the hull requiring probably two days of disruption to member’s access. We will keep you informed as our discussions progress and post in the usual way if we have to shut the vessel. Dave Morgan has completed full drawings and specifications for the metalwork refurbishment and these have been sent to four contractors for quotation. The lantern drawings are yet to be completed. We intend that the whaleback windows will be removed to reflect more closely her appearance when she was on station during her service.. During the week of the 7th July, we will be meeting with the contractors working with us on the outreach side of the project. These include Education, Interpretation, Archive and Marine Archaeology. Also during July, Signs advising the project is being funded by heritage Lottery will appear on site. So, what do we know of her presently? In the forpeak, which extended back past the present bulkhead lived a crew of 6 and a heating stove. `there was also storage cabinets for each crew member and a mess table. The crew all slept in hammocks slung lengthways. Notice the lemon squeeze cones in the saloon ceiling. These were deck lights to illuminate the forepeak. Removed from the saloon area in front of the present day bulkhead to the forepeak were windlass supports and the anchor chain lockers lay directly below. At night the anchor chains were roped to these supports to stop them rattling as the men slept. There is one deck light on the starboard side of the saloon which we believe we can reinstate Next month we will describe the progress of the contractors and some more about the features still present on board but not necessarily understood or known about.