A side-wheel steam tug is seen here steaming on River Danube near the Iron Gates.
Judging by the flag abaft the wheelhouse the vessel could be a Czechoslovakian one, but the postcard itself was issued in Romania in the 1950's.
As part of the restoration program we have to replace hull frames and plates where they are corroded. Having completed the forward section we are now faced with accessing the frames and plates in the boiler compartment. In order to create enough space to get a person in under the boiler we have had
While work proceeds on the forward compartment engine room restoration continues. A major step forward has been the removal of the prop shaft from the stern tube and thrust block and then its removal from the ship. Another looming job is the jacking up of the boiler to work on rusted plates and fram
Currently up on blocks for a two year restoration program. Other slides show issues with corrosion associated with concrete ballast placed inside hull when built in 1933. Any interested volunteers can PM me.
Late in 2009 Wattle was lifted out of the water so that thin bottom plates could be removed and new ones installed. This is part of ongoing activity to bring the Wattle back into survey. A new group, Bay Steamers Maritime Museum Ltd has been formed to bring the ship back into a working state. The ph