Latest news from on board.
|Posted by Allan Hickson (Mod) on October 5, 2016 at 4:25 PM||comments (0)|
I will start this months report by referring back to August 2014. Having had our Heritage Lottery application accepted and ringing ‘Finished with Engines’ for the final time before strip-down commenced, we looked inevitably forward to the day we would be back in operational condition. We were under no illusions that there was a hard road ahead of us that involved the removal of the boiler and all other pipes, fittings and contents of the Boiler Room to facilitate the hull repairs....Read Full Post »
|Posted by Allan Hickson (Mod) on September 8, 2016 at 12:25 AM||comments (0)|
This past month has seen a lot of activity aboard (nothing new there) but our goal of completing engine trials remains annoyingly close but incomplete.
There are no major issues, but we have been frustrated by a number of niggling problems pertaining particularly to boiler valves. Whilst all the boiler valves were removed and the boiler ‘openings’ blanked off before the boiler was lifted from the vessel in June last year, this hasn’t prevented teething troubles when r...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Allan Hickson (Mod) on August 3, 2016 at 4:55 AM||comments (0)|
It is now 2 years since we started on the ‘hard graft’ element of the Heritage Lottery Project. On 3rd August 2014 we sailed into Sandon Dock, and raked out the fires for the final time before the strip down commenced. Whilst there has been any number of factors that have delayed the completion of the hull repairs and our return to serviceable condition, we had privately hoped that this could be achieved before the second anniversary of our last sailing - and we almost made it...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Allan Hickson (Mod) on June 30, 2016 at 4:05 PM||comments (0)|
Apologies for the lack of the May News, due to holidays, incapacity and the dreaded IT issues, so here is a combined report for the last two months.
The beginning of May saw our Exhibition Stand out over the May Day Weekend at Bolton Steam Museum which houses the Northern Mill Engine Society’s fine collection of large stationary engines. Sadly, we were not able to display Kerne in the ‘Steam at the Dock’ event in Liverpool the following weekend, as there w...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Allan Hickson (Mod) on May 5, 2016 at 4:10 PM||comments (0)|
At last, after what seems to have been the wettest winter for many a long year, spring has finally sprung. Whilst this is great news when it comes to painting the exterior of the boat, we just happen to be concentrating on the darkest recesses of the vessel.
Work has continued down in the Engine and Boiler Rooms, with painting being completed in the lower areas of the bunkers (albeit in our ‘spare’ white paint). Work then extended into the stokehold bilge area w...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Allan Hickson (Mod) on April 9, 2016 at 6:45 AM||comments (0)|
This month has seen steady progress on several fronts.
Whilst the boiler casing had been tacked in position prior to the re-floating, the gaps between the tacking welds had acted as gutters allowing the recent volumes of rainwater to cascade down into the Boiler Room and bunkers and onto our lovely new steelwork. This, together with the erected scaffolding in the Boiler Room, considerably delayed our program of repainting. The good news is that the casing is now firmly attached to the ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Allan Hickson (Mod) on March 2, 2016 at 3:35 PM||comments (0)|
After 265 days in dry dock, on Thursday 11th February Kerne once again took to the water.
The month started with plans afoot for the re-float to commence on 7th February, only for the weather to intervene once more, but time was not wasted as several crewmembers continued with valve and pipework refitting. The most significant event was the refitting of the funnel by the guys in the yard who craned the funnel down and tack welded it into position. What a difference – ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Allan Hickson (Mod) on February 1, 2016 at 6:35 AM||comments (0)|
As the New Year dawned and the mince pies and sprouts were consigned to history for another year, we optimistically looked forward to getting Kerne out on the water and refitted. Whilst the optimism remains, progress towards our goal has not been as speedy as we had hoped.
An opportune weather window allowed the hull painting to be completed, with the assistance of yard staff and a cherry-picker to reach the areas that we couldn’t reach. On completion, the access staging to Kerne ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Allan Hickson (Mod) on January 5, 2016 at 8:50 AM||comments (0)|
From all at the Kerne, we wish you a Happy, Health and Prosperous New Year.
For the second month in succession, the dominant topic has been the weather. Our problems with the incessant rainfall pales into insignificance when we see the terrible scenes in the North of England and Eastern Scotland. Having witnessed and been involved in similar events professionally over the years I feel great sympathy for those affected and am only grateful that-
a) I am a RETIRED Loss ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Allan Hickson (Mod) on December 5, 2015 at 12:05 AM||comments (0)|
The month of November has been dominated by one thing - WEATHER!!
When it hasn’t been raining it has been throwing it down and when the wind hasn’t been blowing, it has been howling. This is all very unfortunate when the main item on our agenda has been painting.
As previously reported, the steelwork to the hull has been completed, and two coats of two-pack primer had been applied to the outer hull. The internal surfaces have been similarly treated together with a topc...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Allan Hickson (Mod) on November 5, 2015 at 8:00 AM||comments (0)|
October started with a pleasant distraction from working at the yard in the form of the annual Leigh Arms Steam Party on the weekend of the 2-3 October.
This year’s event was well attended by over 20 traction engines and steam rollers and the public attendance was probably as good as any I’ve seen. The good weather does help, but hats off to Joanne and her staff who once again did a great job. Although that wonderful old tug Kerne wasn’t there, many of the crew attende...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Allan Hickson (Mod) on September 30, 2015 at 3:15 PM||comments (0)|
Work in replacing corroded hull steelwork continues in Cammell Laird’s yard. Apart from access holes that remain in the hull plating, the Boiler Room area is all but complete, with the new boiler seats being in the process of installation. It is a very different view from several weeks ago as the supports that spanned this area of the vessel have been removed and now lie on the quay, which allows us to appreciate the ‘new’ appearance of the interior of the hull. The focus of...Read Full Post »