Here are the
latest photos sent to us from Bob Coes, Project Manager taken on September
24/06. Bob and his volunteers are continuing to make progress in preparing the
ship's framework for planking. His photos and descriptions continue to keep us
up to date on current developments.
Be sure to check back
often in the coming months, we hope to have lots to show.
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| The first two pictures focus on the bow area
showing the completion of the remaining frames on the bow stem. With some
temporary battens in place, one can get an indication as to where the planks
will lie at various waterline heights. The third photo, taken from the
starboard side, is the first shot showing the complete framework - stem to
| This next group of photos were taken upon delivery
of the mast steps, mast collars, hull support brackets, and welding supplies
from Comstock Canada Ltd. Dave LeBlanc and Bill are shown unloading these
materials. Bob prepared the drawings for their fabrication at Comstock who in
turn supplied and fabricated these items as a contribution in support of the
Marco Polo Project. Barry Sullivan, the pipe fitter superintendent at Comstock
oversaw the building of these assemblies. The mast and hull components are very
important to the structural integrity of the replica.
| The next group of photos generally describe work
taking place on the faces of the ship's frames.This shaping is necessary in
order to allow the planks to lie properly on the frames when they are hung.
"Facing off' the frames is tedious work which requires careful attention to the
changing contours of the frame's faces.The shape of the hull, along with the
rise of the planks both contribute to the complexity of this process. The first
photo in this group also shows the hull support brackets welded to the I beam.
Gary LeBlanc, one of our volunteers, did the welding. Ken Sparks chipped the
welds and primed the assembly. Joseph Poirier assisted in fastening the
brackets to the floor timbers (joists). In the second photo, one can begin to
see the shaping of the frames as they progress towards the stem. The steel
beams supplied by Ocean Steel form an excellent platform upon which to build a
land based model. The third and last photo in this group is an overall shot of
the hull where one can see by the wood chips on the floor that the
concentration of the work is for the most part at both ends of the boat.
| The last group of photos shows the assembly of the
steam box and boiler. These photos were taken while it was in operation in a
test situation Sept 22/06.
Notice the dark object in the
first photo on top of the steam box near the centre. That is a thermometer used
to monitor temperatures throughout the box during operation.Small holes were
drilled near both ends and at the centre to allow the probe to be inserted for
temperature readings. The second photo shows the whole assembly including the
remote water supply in the blue barrel. The water level in the boiler is
maintained automatically by a gravity feed from the barrel. One need only check
the water level in the barrel to insure an adequate supply to the boiler.
Because water seeks its own level, the open line permits the water in the
boiler to continually adjust to the water level in the barrel.
The third photo is a close up of a thermometer with its
probe inserted in the box. Notice that the reading is approximately 200° F.
The acceptable minimum is 180°F. The peak operating temperature approached
210 degrees f. Excellent results for this design! The last photo in this group
shows the thermometer inserted near the end of the box closest to the front of
the picture. During normal operation the steam box will be raised at one end to
allow any water due to condensation to run off through a drain hole into a
| The final shot shows the mast steps and collars
all primed and ready for installation at a later date. The three assemblies
with the longer plates are the mast steps which will be positioned on the lower
deck. The remaining three collars with the smaller plates will be fastened to
the upper decks respectively. These plates have drilled holes to aid in their
installation. All of these assemblies had the pipe welded to the plate at
angles of 4 degrees, 5 degrees, and 6 degrees. The angles describe the rake of
the masts when stepped on the ship.
Bob reminds us that
there are many details to be considered with a project as unique as a land
based replica of a tall ship. With the help and support of the various
companies and volunteers we are able to make progress and realize a sense of
accomplishment. The pace at which we progress is directly linked to the amount
of support that comes our way. We are almost ready to begin planking. As soon
as the frames are faced off we will begin. This phase of the project is
expected to be even more challenging and exciting, and we are all looking
forward to it.
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