Fitting Out plus Main Engine Reassembly

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Timber decking almost complete on the starboard forward sponson. Still to be caulked and finished. Starboard aft sponson decking well underway in the background.
Boiler room crown almost complete, one plate left out for lifting in smaller items.
Crankshaft installation now complete, I.P. and L.P. valve gear also complete, awaiting new H.P. valve half currently being cast and machined.
Aft deck shelter now connected to prom deck by the use of a TriClad strip, a sandwich of steel, non-conductive film and aluminium to prevent electrolytic corrosion.
The dining saloon linings fitted on the starboard side, they are of non-combustible boards with a varnished birch veneer finish.
The crew mess room has now been lined out and fixed seating is being installed with storage spaces below.
The boiler room viewed from the new doorway in the centre of the forward cross alleyways. Tops of the boilers, steam main and forced draught fans are clearly visible.
The sprayed on fibre insulation has been applied to the bulkhead between the lower bar and engine room. The refurbished original bar frontage will be fitted in this area, the old beer store beneath the stairs has been converted into a sprinkler pump room.
Lower dining saloon deck head has been stripped and now receives its first undercoat.
A new store is formed in the area of the officer’s table in the dining saloon, the partition formed acts as a fire division between the dining saloon and engine room alleyways.
The L.P. and H.P. cylinders are shown here with the L.P. piston positioned read for assembly.
Bilge pipework being installed in the lower engine room.
New deck seats all assembled ready for fitting on the new timber deck on top of the aft deck shelter. The new seats are an exact replica of the existing refurbished units.
A new greenheart spring beam has been prepared by drilling and painting ready for installation on the sponsons. The smaller section oak belting is seen alongside for protection around the sponsons.

All photographs by Gordon Reid.