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
Having removed the concrete ballast from the forward section extensive corrosion of the frames and hull plates was revealed. After considerable angst a decision was made to cut out the affected sections below waterline and replace the cold rivetted parts with welded ones. The photo shows progress on
Frame 37 being removed from the Wattle. This will serve as a template as we consider the options on how to manufacture new ones. Prefab welded frames is one option. Cost and availability of manufacturing capability are key issues.
The restoration program for the steam tug Wattle is proceeding. In this photo the cone has been removed and the propellor is being prepared for removal from the shaft - to occur most likely next weekend. All this work is performed by volunteers, most of us retired. Looking at a two year restoration
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
Steam tug Wattle (compound oiler) and Steve Irwin of Sea Shepherd. Wattle is a bit neglected and from other SN members I believe can no longer take paying passengers. For the present Steve Irwin appears to winter in Melbourne. In the background you can see the apartment and office development around
Australia Day weekend at Williamstown, Melbourne, Jan 2008. A gathering of local historic ships. The James Craig sailed down from Sydney, Windward Bound from Tasmania, Wattle is local. Schooner Enerprize is in another shot.