Reference Image Restoration of Steam Cutter SC26 (of HMS Falmouth Battle of Jutland 1916)

Here is a Boat under restoration at portsmouth Historic Dockyard Boathouse 4.

the boat was ordered in 1910 and delivered to the Royal Navy the following year, she was assigned to HMS Falmouth and during a close action at the battle of Jutland The Falmouth was struck by a Torpedo on three separate attacks, The crew were ordered to abandon ship and SC26 towed the lifeboats to safety.

here's the official Boathouse four information board on SC26, I've split it up to make it easy to read
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Volunteers are actively encouraged to get involved with hands on restoration work, here two volunteers fit port bow new planks.
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The boat was left by it's private owner on it's Port side, unaware of the boat's part in history, as such the port side has suffered rot damage, the Port side was bent inward,
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this is the area I was working on today, removing the boat nail heads and knocking them through with a drift, the x mark notes a condemned plank.
 
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so here are the missing images
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the domed headed boat nails have to be drilled off to allow the condemned
plank to be replaced with new timber. The bloke who fitted that nail in 1910 is long passed, bet he would be astonished to learn that a boat only built to last 20 years is still with us
 
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X marks a condemned plank marked by the shipwright, Rotted out and being released for renewaL, But that means a volunteer has to drill out every rivet head and knock through the nail out the other side, with someone holding the outer timber so it doesn't splinter the wood.
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Truxx

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Wonderful stuff. I was kicking around the south coast when Phil Clabburn was restoring HSL102.

Not sure what your funding arrangements look like but in terms of recognition and financial assistance this set up is excellent www.transporttrust.com.
 
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the area of the Stern I was de nailing, left of frame you can just make out the hole for the propeller shaft.


below, P45, 45th internal skin plank from the bow, marked for removal, here I've drilled out and punched through some of the nails holding it in place, viewed on the port side looking toward the Bow.
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port side stern from outside. The brace is slowly pulling the port stern side out and back into shape
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the rivet heads are domed, so the drill bit kept skidding off and digging into the condemned board, not a worry as it's going anyway, but as I drilled off more I got better at it, Centre punch deeper and drill slowly to begin was the better technique.
 
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Which stage of the refit will you choose for the scale diorama you're going to do when you're finished with the real job.
 
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packed up and cleaned down our work area, , the volunteers return the loaned tools to the store. I'm not able to give many days as a volunteer as I work full time, but I will update this thread with continued progress shots of how she is progressing. And If you're in Portsmouth, drop by Boathouse four, there's a great viewing gallery you can see all the boats. No charge to walk around it.
Boathouse 4 Exhibition, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Hampshire
 
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Volunteered today, working on SC26 again, surprised at the changes since I last saw it 14th Feb. Several outer planks replaced on the Port side stern.
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I was de rivetting P45, since then that plank as been renewed
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here is today's project, chopping out this plank top where it's partly hidden behind the Gunwhale
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after it's been removed, ready for a fresh teak plank to slide in there
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here's a graving piece ready for nailing in
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I'm enjoying this,but I find i'm on my chinstrap at the end of the day.
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another day of Volunteering on the SC26, quite some improvements since last time, here's the Stern portside. The final inboard timbers are fitted. Now for the outboard planks...

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View from inside SC26 showing recent arrivals at boathouse 4, off the Bow is Landing craft Foxtrot 8, a falklands Veteran. The Admirals launch to the left of the picture is new In, I know nothing about this except it's another restoration project for someone.
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The Bow minus it's ramp, F8.
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Neatly sprayed and ready to fit parts for F8
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this large blue grey building in front of HMS Warrior's Bow sprit, is boathouse 4, massive Isn't it, built in 1939, and comes complete with Blitz damage.
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the nail and collet look like this, the nail goes in from the outside, on goes the collet and the nail is clipped off before the stub is mushroomed (Peined) over using the Ball of a ballpein hammer.
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the order of restoration to come
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plans of the CS26
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The removed inwhales.
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the tops of the hull clamped closed ready for the inwhale timbers
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the Ballistic protection steel plates being hung on the side of the Falklands veteran landing craft F8.

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Chef

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Reminds me of the work put in restoring the Southampton flying boat. I seem to remember they had to have the nails (copper, I think) specially made, tens of thousands of them. Bearing in mind the age of the boat, do you have the same problem with spares

I expect your project will look as splendid when finished.

Good luck with it




ETA It was used as a house boat before being restored, beautiful joinery.
 
Reminds me of the work put in restoring the Southampton flying boat. I seem to remember they had to have the nails (copper, I think) specially made, tens of thousands of them. Bearing in mind the age of the boat, do you have the same problem with spares

I expect your project will look as splendid when finished.

Good luck with it


cheers Chef, they need so many of the copper nails I guess they get a bulk order in, but there doesn't seem to be a shortage or difficulty in procuring them, the steam engine will be put on display as a static exhibit and the repro one will be fitted to steam her around the Port.
 
Reminds me of the work put in restoring the Southampton flying boat. I seem to remember they had to have the nails (copper, I think) specially made, tens of thousands of them. Bearing in mind the age of the boat, do you have the same problem with spares

I expect your project will look as splendid when finished.

Good luck with it




ETA It was used as a house boat before being restored, beautiful joinery.
What I'd give to see one of those pre WW2 flying boats in the air, just so majestic!
 

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