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The Diary of a Volunteer – September 2020

21.09.2020 There has been good progress in several areas made by the volunteers this past week. Much aided by the fine weather. The main engines were run and checked, with cutting & welding the new bench brackets.  Volunteers renewed the wood sill-assembly, retaining the starboard rear double doors - also improving the deck water tightness in that area. They also devised a method of bringing down the engine room Lister blocks for safekeeping in the engine room alley. Meanwhile, preparation, painting, varnishing...
Purser's office completed.
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The Diary of a Volunteer – August 2020

21.08.2020 Mopping up the leaks Varnishing the steps Starboard alleyway is clearer Having a think... Resting on deck Varnishing the pursers office windows Determining the thread size Son of Capt. Euan Waugh visits 18.08.2020 Searching for items to PAT test Fitting liners to the Generator Fitting a new Sewage Pump Something's funny... Taking a well earned rest Port side of the Pursers Office Sealing the decks Practicing ballet moves... Cleaning the Engine Casing Completing the Flywheel Barry & Louise Walsh visit Balmoral Starting the Generator 07.08.2020 A Meeting of Minds: Vice Presidents of the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society aboard Balmoral Today we received...
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The Diary of a Volunteer – July 2020

30.07.2020 Final day of the July work logs.  Next week, we will be running the Main Engines, together with all auxiliary gear. Lamps in the Britannia lounge Varnishing the Bridge Dodgers Britannia Lounge 28.07.2020 Today we had nine volunteers onboard, each taking on and achieving a great deal of work. In the Britannia Lounge volunteers refurbished the light fittings, while also hosting visitors to the ship. An excellent job has also been accomplished on the bridge deck, rubbing down the woodwork ready for re-varnishing. Work commenced on the...
PS Balmoral by John Nicholson
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On this day: Balmoral & Great Britain

On this day The Paddle Steamer Preservation Society (PSPS) chartered the MV BALMORAL from P&A Campbell for a 'GRAND DAY OUT' to Ilfracombe and Lundy from Bristol’s Hotwells Wharf, Clevedon, Cardiff, Penarth and Weston. In 1970 this was to be the second charter of the MV Balmoral by the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society. Earlier in the year she was chartered for a circumnavigation of the Isle of Wight. On this occasion, the charter was arranged by Pat Murrell for a voyage...
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Windrush Day Onboard MV Balmoral

Today the Balmoral will be stepping up to help re-imagine the Atlantic Crossings, faced by elders of the Windrush generation. The vessel will be delivering an innovative project by providing a setting for poetry workshops online. Our goal is to inform the youth on the contribution of our elders, while providing inspiring resources to help educate and inform. Together, we want to deliver an innovative project for Windrush Day that will be made fully accessible to children online. Young...
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The Diary of a Volunteer – June 2020

30.06.2020 Today the finishing touches to the engine room casing were applied, while volunteers continued work on sealing the decks. Down below volunteers continued to mop out the leaks from the dining saloon. Our trustee and director, Douglas Naysmith, attended to keep an eye on operations, while PAT testing was taking place in the lower bar. On Tuesday 7th July 2020 our new compressor will be delivered. Since the lockdown, it has been kindly stored at the home residence of a...