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Balmoral arriving at Ilfracombe after a run down the Bristol Channel from Penarth and Clevedon

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...
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The Diary of a Volunteer – April 2021

17.4.2021 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...
New Wire Warps
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The Diary of a Volunteer

02.10.2020 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...
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The Diary of a Volunteer

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

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

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...