Port Paddle Wing Block Bearing Housing

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The port paddle wing block bearing housing is prepared for machining at AK Diesel in Lowestoft, the engineer is ‘clocking up’ the radius for final line up prior to skimming the housing.
The first cut is taken, removing 1mm of material, a final 0.5 mm cut is all that is required to clean up the housing in preparation for a new bottom bearing to be cast and machined to suit. The shaft sits on a bottom bearing only with merely a top cover with tallow box covering the top half of the shaft.

All photographs by Gordon Reid.