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We put a full shift in yesterday , fitting a hardwood coaming within the cuddy (cabin or refuge) roof and cladding the bulkhead with T&G pine.
The cuddy roof is now sanded down and is as smooth as... We have decided to have a canvas covering for authenticity.
The frame that forms the coaming is where the Vickers MG will be situated but covered otherwise.
The white socket is the paternoster for the mast.
Author Alaric Bond is a member of HMS - click on the image to see his personal website and for detail on his published work - featuring his 'Fighting Sail' series
HMS were honoured to be at this event at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire on 25th April
The event was very well-supported and included many Special forces veterans and also the last surviving member of the crew of HM Submarine TUNA, the sub that transported the crews of the Mark 2 canoes that were to carry out the raid that was popularised as "The Cockleshell Heroes Raid" - actually Operation Frankton - in 1942
If you are interesting visiting then see the following sites for details.
On the 25th April we will be supporting a dedication ceremony for a memorial grove that has been created by The Allied Special Forces Association at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire.
HMS has been asked to deploy its WW2 Mark 8 Canoe on the day.
The principle focus of the event will be to remember Operation Frankton, popularly known as the Cockleshell Heroes raid, yet the organisers asked us to show our boat as the Association is representative of a broad range of WW2 and post-war operations and units - including the SBS and SAS.
Please do come along if you can, it being a public event.
HMS members spent their Saturday playing roles ina film for Canadian TV following up on the discovery, last September of the remains of one of the ships of the ill-fated Franklin expedition of 1845. The Erebus and the Terror (both ex-bomb vessels) set off to find the North-west passage to the East Indies.
After becoming ice-bound off king William island, both ships and their entire crews were lost. The crew died from a combination of hypothermia, starvation, scurvy and lead poisoning. The lead poisoning is currently thought to be from the ship's distiller water system, not from the tin cans. Starvation was largely due to taking the wrong stores for such a voyage. Cannibalism is also supposed to have existed!
The last men seen to be alive were reported by local Inuit some time in 1851, 4 years after the death of Franklin.
In September 2014 the Canadian government announced it had found the well-preserved wreck of the Erebus.
The Erebus may yet provide some more information as divers and ROV's are sent down to it.
The film HMS was involved with aims to put some meat on the bones of this well-known story.
More work completed on Little Titch . All the noggins are in place in the cuddy. Most of the splines are glued in and sanded back on the SB side ... And a possible engine (another) sourced in Doncaster. Busy, busy, busy ...
complete splines on SB.
Fit all splines on Port
Make and fit comings on cuddy
Fit cuddy roof - Getting there!
Much sawing, sanding and gluing - followed by a fair bit of eating and drinking - saw Robert McClellan, Cris Jones, Bev Spence, Thomas Lloyd Spence and Neil Stott make steady progress on the new boat project last weekend - thanks too, Jean Spence, Mary and Lynne for the excellent victuals !
All of the deck beams are now in, forward refuge/cuddy 'roof' beams in and around a third of the inter-plank fillets glued in.
Ready for: plank decking, engine installation, cladding, steering mechanism (Yes - it's going to have a wheel Philip Dare!!)
All the boats are under cover now - our new project being secured in a large workshop. Those who have been to the farm to work on the launch would hardly recognise it now as the barns we have been using have been dismantled and taken away...
There will be another opportunity to do some work on all of the boats soon, ready for the new season, so please let Chris Jones know if you are keen to get involved as your help will be needed!
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