Latest news from on board.
|Posted by Allan Hickson (Mod) on August 7, 2017 at 10:30 AM||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...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Allan Hickson (Mod) on July 6, 2017 at 1:25 AM||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...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Allan Hickson (Mod) on June 5, 2017 at 10:00 AM||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...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Allan Hickson (Mod) on May 5, 2017 at 8:15 AM||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...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Allan Hickson (Mod) on April 5, 2017 at 4:20 PM||comments (3)|
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...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Allan Hickson (Mod) on March 17, 2017 at 2:15 PM||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...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Allan Hickson (Mod) on February 6, 2017 at 9:25 AM||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 ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Allan Hickson (Mod) on January 9, 2017 at 9:55 AM||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 ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Allan Hickson (Mod) on December 7, 2016 at 3:05 PM||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...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Allan Hickson (Mod) on November 2, 2016 at 5:00 PM||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...Read Full Post »
|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 »