Balmoral arriving at Ilfracombe after a run down the Bristol Channel from Penarth and Clevedon. For the past 120 years this has been a favourite day out for anyone living in the towns and cities bordering the Severn Estuary. Passengers can now go ashore to explore this lovely Devon town, perhaps have an ice cream on the pier, watch the boats in the harbour or climb Lantern Hill to see the ancient church and light tower, or perhaps stay...
Volunteer Days have thankfully resumed, and progress continues apace. It's wonderful to see so many of our volunteers returning and their assistance is invaluable in repairing some of the damage to the Balmoral caused by the forced closure of the ship due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.
We celebrated the birthday of one of our volunteers, Neil.
In the engine room Phil continued doing a first class job rebuilding the Port Generator. Phil will be away for a while back to his...
Good progress in several areas continues to be made, with new wire warps being installed onboard the vessel. Throughout the ship stripping, varnishing and painting continues. Maintenance of rusty areas allows for their removal with new lengths being freshly welded. Once in place, they are being painted and protected with fresh paint systems.
Volunteers have been cleaning and polishing in the engine room, and it was also found to be necessary task on the Engine Casing due to the unfortunate...
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...
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
Searching for items to PAT test
Fitting liners to the Generator
Fitting a new Sewage Pump
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
A Meeting of Minds: Vice Presidents of the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society aboard Balmoral
Today we received...
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
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...