The Steam Tug Kerne Preservation Society Ltd


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September 2018

Posted by Allan Hickson (Mod) on October 9, 2018 at 7:15 AM Comments comments (0)

September is usually a month of high activity and anticipation for the annual Leigh Arms Steam Party at Acton Bridge. Well, at least we had activity but the usual anticipation was sadly missing as we were unable to attend the event with the tug owing to the ongoing boiler work.

On this particular subject, work is progressing slowly but steadily, with some twenty tubes having now been carefully removed. It is hoped that the remaining tubes will be out by the end of October, but delays h...

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August 2018

Posted by Allan Hickson (Mod) on September 10, 2018 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

August marked the awarding of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service which turned out to be all we had hoped it would be and more.

Cleaning, painting and general sprucing-up during the first week of the month had the vessel looking very smart indeed for the award ceremony on the 7th August, but ahead of the event itself we had a marquee to erect, tables, banners and bunting to be put in place, food and celebratory bubbly to be arranged, and regional TV and radio interviews to be ...

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July 2018

Posted by Allan Hickson (Mod) on August 13, 2018 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (1)

This month was dominated by preparations for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service presentation held on 7th August, so it was all hands to make the Old Girl look at her best for the occasion.

Before we got too stuck into things, there was a change of scene and subject as some of us spend the first day of the month at the impromptu Road Run of Steam Engines around the lanes of Cheshire, loosely arranged by the Lancashire Traction Engine Club, which featured Kerne member George Co...

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May & June 2018

Posted by Allan Hickson (Mod) on July 17, 2018 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Firstly – apologies to our ardent readers who have wondered why things have been so quiet on the News front, and the reasons are-

I have been away on holiday (great), we have had serious family health issues (not so great), problems have been experienced with the Website (annoying), my PC ‘died’ on me (complete pain in the backside). The good news is that things are back to normal (hopefully!)

Undoubtedly the big news, as reported in our June bulletin and on Face...

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Queens Award for Voluntary Service

Posted by Admin on June 3, 2018 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (1)

We are extremely pleased and honoured to announce have been awarded The Queens Award for Voluntary Service.

This is an MBE equivalent and the highest award given to a voluntary group.

It is the first time a historic vessel preservation society has been honoured in this way.

The award was created in 2002 by Her Majesty the Queen to celebrate the anniversary of her Coronation and recognises excellence in voluntary service and activity carried out by groups in the community.

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April 2018

Posted by Allan Hickson (Mod) on May 9, 2018 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (0)

At last – a glimpse of sunshine, but only a glimpse!! However, this was enough to warm things up to enable us to complete the Aft Cabin painting and insulation. We can’t be accused of cutting corners on this, in fact so many coats have been applied that the headroom has been lowered!

Firstly, a coat of Granville Rust Cure (not to be confused with ‘Open all Hours’ although Dave does have a touch of Granville about him!), then 2 coats of epoxy primer, followed by a...

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March 2018

Posted by Allan Hickson (Mod) on April 9, 2018 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

It is fair to say that progress on the vessel during March is best described as ‘mixed’. 

At the forward end of the vessel we moved slowly towards completion of the cabin; the installation of the document cupboard is finally finished after a lot of messing around to get the thing to look right. That is the trouble with curved hull plates and benching at different angles and heights – but it now looks pretty good after final touches of paint. The boardroom table is...

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February 2018

Posted by Allan Hickson (Mod) on March 12, 2018 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Just when you think Spring is round the corner, with lovely sunny days at the beginning of the month, an Arctic blast swept across from the East, confining some of us who live away from the flat lands of Merseyside and the Wirral to barracks. Never daunted, work carried on by those who live nearby, despite the freeze.

A replacement for the corroded skum pipe that was removed from the boiler has been fabricated, leaving the small job of reinstallation. To achieve this task requires skill...

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January 2018

Posted by Allan Hickson (Mod) on February 13, 2018 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The New Year came in with work continuing down in the Forward Cabin, but now it was warm, with the new stove proving to be a very welcome and efficient addition to this refurbished area of the vessel. It is perhaps not to surprising how much easier fiddling jobs become with warm fingers, which brings us to the topic of the Forward cabin lighting. After much wasted time testing and re-testing what remained of the original 24 volt installation, a unilateral decision was taken to scrap the lot a...

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December 2017

Posted by Allan Hickson (Mod) on January 11, 2018 at 5:20 AM Comments comments (0)

With the year drawing to a close and thoughts moving towards turkey and the trimmings plus a small libation or two, our intrepid gang of volunteers pressed on to the bitter end (well, until 23rd December) when we allowed ourselves a short break to over-indulge and enjoy a bit of R & R.

During the month, work continued in the Forward Cabin, the most welcome element of which was the installation of our new coal-fired stove. In order to comply with the MCA recommendations, the stove si...

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November 2017

Posted by Allan Hickson (Mod) on December 6, 2017 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

As the days shorten, and the fingers get cold, Kerne’s intrepid team of volunteers carry on regardless with our winter program of maintenance and repairs.

Our first priority was to prepare the boiler for survey by the boiler inspector, so the cleaning of the fire, smoke and water spaces of the boiler started in October continued. Various valves have been removed as part of our rolling program of valve checking and refurbishment, during which we decided to remove and replace the co...

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October 2017

Posted by Allan Hickson (Mod) on November 7, 2017 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (2)

We moved into October with match in hand and furnaces to be lit ahead of our trip up the Manchester Ship Canal and Weaver Navigation for the annual Leigh Arms Steam Party at Acton Bridge. Warming fires over the next few days saw steam raised for a rather choppy departure from Canning Half Tide Dock into the Mersey on Wednesday 4th October. Unusually, there was a bit of traffic awaiting entry into Eastham Lock, Kerne finding herself fourth in a queue for entry, so we amused ourselves for an ho...

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