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Earlier this year after many years of discussion, the shipwright team finally started work in earnest on HMS Victory in Portsmouth. T. Nielsen and Company partnered with BAE Systems to win this prestigeous contract for the extensive renovation of the world famous ship.
So far one third of the deck has been recaulked, a number of beam ends have been scarfed with new hanging and lodging knees fitted - weighing in at 200kg each! Alongside this a very detailed survey report has been written to help identify priorities for the ongoing work.
Massey Shaw nears completion
The 1935 London Fireboat Massey Shaw is very near completion, having been completely rebuilt and restored over the past year. This involved 3,500 hot rivets and a new teak deck - all achieved by our in-house team.
The main engines will be installed in January and she will be launched in April for manoeuvring and pumping trials.
At short notice our engineering team installed and commissioned all the mechanical and electrical systems, including drive motors, in Gloriana – the Queen's Row Barge. We've also helped keep her on schedule for the busy summer leading up to the Olympics.
We designed and built a barrel, made up of 21 native species of timber, which housed the gas bottles and served as the mount for the Olympic cauldron, which happily burned on top for the last day of the Torch relay from Hampton Court to Tower Bridge.
The Hereford Bull
The Hereford Bull – a replica of late 18th and early 19th century River Wye Trows was built in our yard from trees felled and donated by Hereford landowners. We built her in a completely traditional way, scaling down from the original size so that she could be transported by road.
On the day of the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant she carried the Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire in style down the Thames rowed by oarsmen from Hereford.
Working in Oman
The Oman team are fully up to speed replacing the underwater planking on the Omani Navy’s
52 metre Sail Training Ship.
Pilot cutter Peggy arrives in yard to overwinter with a few jobs to be done.
Kochi arrives back after a successful first season on the South Coast and is anticipating warmer
waters in 2012.
Halcyon returns for hull and mast painting.
Kalistra in our workshops
The 50 foot classic yacht Kalistra is in one of our workshops having a new engine installed, deck repairs and work on interior joinery.
Work is now in the final stages before relaunching and stepping her masts, ready for sailing.
Getting ready for the season
Halcyon, the beautiful classic yacht, built in 1929 for a leading industrialist of the time as his luxury pleasure craft, is in the large dry dock having the final preparation for full paint on topsides and varnish.
She is also having re-upholstery in preparation for her sailing season.
Working off site
Cariad, the 1904 Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter, is having her planks replaced by T. Nielsen & Company.
We've taken templates from Cariad in Plymouth, shaped the planks in Gloucester and returned to Plymouth to fit them. The pictures show the work in progress.
A team from T. Nielsen & Company have removed Hugin's winter covers and refitted her newly varnished and painted oars and shields.
Hugin, which is owned by Thanet District Council, was rebuilt by T Nielsen & Co in 2004 and is now on display at Pegwell Bay near Ramsgate.
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