The Steam Tug Kerne Preservation Society Ltd


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August 2017

Posted by Allan Hickson (Mod) on September 7, 2017 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Attention on deck continued in August with the de-rusting of the anchor chain and the overhaul of the cat davit on the starboard side of the forward deck, which is used to lift and swing the anchor overside and to retrieve same when the anchor is lifted. The davit is not an original fitting for Kerne, but was salvaged from the 1936 former Isle of Man Harbour Board steam dredger ‘Mannin II’. Having been purchased for preservation in the 1980’s, she spent several years moored ...

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July 2017

Posted by Allan Hickson (Mod) on August 7, 2017 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Another busy month with our Tuesday/Saturday work parties as we strive to complete the various outstanding jobs scheduled for this year before the end of the steaming season. As with any piece of machinery of Kerne’s vintage, there is always something that crops up that throws a spanner in the works, and this time it is the condenser.

Last month I reported on our sailing out into the river – a most enjoyable trip marred only by a mysterious drop in condenser vacuum from our...

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June 2017

Posted by Allan Hickson (Mod) on July 6, 2017 at 1:25 AM Comments comments (0)

As reported in March, the efforts of our volunteer force aboard Kerne has once again been recognised by the Transport Trust in the form of this years Restoration Award, and our enthusiastic Mate, Paul Kirkbride, had the honour of attending the Presentation Ceremony at Brooklands Museum to receive the cheque and award from HRH Prince Michael of Kent. It was good to see that Paul had appropriately swapped his usual paint-splattered boiler suit for the kind of suit that comes with a collar and t...

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May 2017

Posted by Allan Hickson (Mod) on June 5, 2017 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

We left the month of May with a newly issued Boiler Certificate, coal aboard and all required documentation for a short trip from our winter home to Canning Half Tide Dock for the Steam on the Dock weekend. The few days lull until we were due to sail enabled us to get some cleaning done, particularly down below in the Engine and Boiler Rooms where we ‘bulled’ up the machinery, washed down the bulkheads and polished the brass to good effect.

A leisurely trip down Crosby Chann...

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April 2017

Posted by Allan Hickson (Mod) on May 5, 2017 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

With ‘Steam on the Dock’ on the horizon, April was a month of intense activity. This important event is the second since our return to steam in September 2016 following completion of the Lottery Hull Project, and whilst that in itself was something of a triumph, there was still a lot of do to get the vessel into the condition we would wish her to be in. Followers of this Newsletter and our Facebook page will have gathered that two-day volunteer working has continued throughout the...

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March 2017

Posted by Allan Hickson (Mod) on April 5, 2017 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (4)

Roll back the calendar to 1st March 1913, the day the Steam Tug Viking left her birthplace of Montrose for her delivery voyage to Chatham. The crew that day could hardly have believed what was in store for this lovely little ship over the next few short weeks and years to come, never mind that 104 years later, a current member of her crew would be writing about the last month of the ship’s continued operating life – but here I am, doing just that. Their first shock would be that o...

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February 2017

Posted by Allan Hickson (Mod) on March 17, 2017 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (1)

Firstly, apologies for the late publication of February’s News, my excuse being a busman’s holiday away from ships in Liverpool – by spending a couple of weeks on the Celebrity Eclipse in the Caribbean. This ship is a little under 122,000 tons and her three Wartsila diesel engines produce some 90,000 Horse Power, compared with Kerne’s 153 tons and our W.V.V. Lidgerwood steam engine’s output of some 300 Horse Power. This means of course that Kerne is more powerful...

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January 2017

Posted by Allan Hickson (Mod) on February 6, 2017 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Once recovered from the excesses of the Festive Season, it was back to work in the bilges.

The stokehold floor plates were lifted, and the hull plating and bilges were scaled as required and painted; the tunnel between the Boiler and Engine Rooms receiving similar treatment. Our enthusiastic volunteers then moved forward and attacked the platework below the boiler, and up to the deck. An additional job in this area related to horizontal stringers welded to the frames by Cammell Lairds ...

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December 2016

Posted by Allan Hickson (Mod) on January 9, 2017 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Happy New Year to All.

December’s workload carried on where November’s left off – bilges. This month we added Aft Cabin and Boiler Room to the list. The former is suffering from seepage from the Engine Room,  we had lying oily water instead of salt water, so it appears that the plug in the lower section of the bulkhead is not watertight, or the gland is leaking. Nothing critical, but another job to add to the list. In the Boiler Room, the bilges have been cleaned ...

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November 2016

Posted by Allan Hickson (Mod) on December 7, 2016 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

If October was a month of considerable achievements, November carried on where we left off as we reached a most important goal - the successful conclusion of the Heritage Lottery Fund Hull Repair Project. This came following many hours of work by the Projects ‘Admin Team’ for the submission of final documentation by Project Leader Peter Sutcliffe to the HLF. After several days of nail biting, we received the very welcome formal confirmation that our submissions were in order and t...

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October News

Posted by Allan Hickson (Mod) on November 2, 2016 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (7)

We will start this report where we left off the September News – at the Leigh Arms Steam Party.

Having arrived at Acton Bridge, we berthed upstream of the swing bridge, rather than on our usual berth for the last 40 years or so just below the bridge, in order to allow the Daniel Adamson to berth there on her first visit to the event. As it happens our ‘new’ berth has better access to the pub therefore making it easier for the public to get to the Kerne and us to get t...

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September 2016

Posted by Allan Hickson (Mod) on October 5, 2016 at 4:25 PM Comments 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....

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