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We finally got the engine running today - top work by Bev. It was really gratifying to get to this stage after such a lot of work, by many, over an extended period.
The Guardian reports
"The long-lost ship of British polar explorer Sir John Franklin, HMS Terror, has been found in pristine condition at the bottom of an Arctic bay, researchers have said, in a discovery that challenges the accepted history behind one of polar exploration’s deepest mysteries.
HMS Terror and Franklin’s flagship, HMS Erebus, were abandoned in heavy sea ice far to the north of the eventual wreck site in 1848, during the Royal Navy explorer’s doomed attempt to complete the Northwest Passage." continues....
Bevan applies more (and more) paint on 'Little Tich'
2 Coats of marine undercoat applied to topsides. At least one more will be required.
Undercoat applied to benches, bulkheads, bulwarks and part of hull interior. More to do + second coat to wearing surfaces.
Engine ignition timing set-up but engine not yet started because we forgot the petrol !
Installation of Porthole underway.
Manual Bilge pump installation complete.
"With its elegant colonial buildings and whimsical charm, it is hard to imagine how the Western Hemisphere's only working Georgian dockyard was once described by Lord Nelson as a "vile hole"."
Miserable, wet weather couldn't deter HMS and the Captain Cook Memorial Museum from putting on a successful event again this year.
The Wives and Sweethearts theme included a lecture by Jen Kaines from HMS on womens' fashion and fabrics from the C18th which was held in the evening on Saturday, in the museum's newly established education room.
Elsewhere in the museum over the weekend, the living history presentations included; the Master, genteel entertainment and pastimes, the surgeon, carpenter and some activity making ropes and cordage - where younger visitors made their own rope to take home.
All-in-all a pleasant and very well-attended event in this, our 21st year at Whitby with our friends at the Captain Cook Memorial Museum.
Wives and Sweethearts....
"How did Elizabeth Cook, Elizabeth Bligh ('my darling Betsy') and the wives of other officers and seamen cope with the long absence of their husbands or promised sweethearts?
What were sailors favourite love tokens? How did women with children manage on their own? Our exhibition explores these questions with some rarely seen relics of Elizabeth Cook and other women. They shine a light on the varied lives and loves of voyagers’ wives, their pastimes and networks, as well as some of their personal tragedies.
And then there were some whose ‘Returning Hopes’ of their promised sweethearts were dashed by broken promises, one example being Sir Joseph Banks. And there were always a few of the crew who hoped to stay in the South Seas and live a life with their Polynesian sweethearts!"
HMS will be involved in this exhibition at the weekend 3rd-4th September - along with our other representations of naval activity from the C18th -19th. We will be inside the museum and outside in the yard.
"Think of the First World War at sea and a number of big ship actions spring to mind. However, the real history of the war at sea is a much richer story, with vessels used in a variety of different ways including requisitions by the Navy, the development of new technologies, and transporting supplies to troops on the Western Front.
At National Historic Ships UK, we maintain the National Register of Historic Vessels featuring some 1,200 vessels over 50 years old that still survive today. More than 60 of these participated in the First World War in some way. This website has been set up to tell the stories of these maritime veterans."