Saturday, 31 October 2015


Perhaps not quite so gloomy this week. Simon showed last week’s photographs to a neighbour who has had years of experience with wooden vessels. His opinion is that the damage is all in the bow doubler and the hull is minimally affected, if at all. Simon also has contact with a boat repairer who will visit and inspect at close quarters (or as close as tide and mud will allow).
   The idea of a spell in dry dock is becoming more appealing – to make absolutely sure the hull is sound and to get the teak cladding ‘pointed’ (as they say in the building trade) and painted. This would not be easy, even on the now uncluttered starboard side (Photo 1201), unless walking on water (or mud) catches on. 

 It would be very difficult on the port side (Photo 1202). 

    Tony Lane made reference to ‘firing jibs’, which I did not understand. He has explained that Tonite explosive charges were used on most CIL vessels as fog signals rather than sirens or reed horns.   The fog jib was basically shaped like an anchor which could be rotated.  From the two arms (or flukes) are hung electric cables and to these are attached the charges and detonators.  These would be attached in the lowered position and the ‘anchor’ would then be rotated vertically into the firing position.  He suggested that the two brackets attached to the forward companionway shelter may well have been the mountings for two jibs, as he guessed that the shelter had previously been located aft. 
    I think this was true of the early vessels, but certainly in the early 1900s they did have foghorns – evidenced by several contemporary photographs (Photo 1203).