Restoration Diary

 

Merry Christmas All, from Etive Shearwater! I collected her replacement port main engine a few days ago, so a good Christmas for her!
More updates on that to follow soon!
Here we have a recently unearthed picture of Shearwater, underway on Loch Etive in the 1960's!
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Tom Cunliffe visits HMS Medusa: www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsOSu5esexsAlan Watson and the crew of HMS Medusa, a WWII Harbour Defence Launch, show Tom Cunliffe their vessel and explain the unique history of a truly remarkable boat. ... See MoreSee Less

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Well, all in all the deck looking far more respectable now, snow and rain not an issue this winter! Back up in a couple of weeks for more on the internals, not least of all one small issue that cropped up whilst closing down! ... See MoreSee Less

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Well that's a very productive day over, Shearwaters forends are now waterproofed under a strong tarpaulin for the winter, and probably her journey south if it holds OK until then, some tidying up to do around the edges tomorrow, but the weather picked up somewhat, so best wait fir the calm for a good job! ... See MoreSee Less

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So the bores are all honed out now, just the new bearings to arrive and it can all start going back together! ... See MoreSee Less

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ML 1085 - MV Shearwater updated their profile picture.
ML 1085 - MV Shearwater
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Well that's the valve gear cleaned up, all ready for lapping the valves in, all came up nice and clean, some wear, but far from past it! When back running I will have the head off again after a 1000 hours to check all measurements again, and make sure all is well. ... See MoreSee Less

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It sure was pretty coked up! The mating surfaces are pretty good, a but of re lapping in needed but in general okay! ... See MoreSee Less

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A little late posting, but back on the engine, and that's the head stripped ready for cleaning, and to say it's "a little coked" from light load running would be a bit of an understatement I think! ... See MoreSee Less

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Why we should never forget & continue to wear the poppy. The map below records the density of bodies recovered from a small section of the Somme battlefield. The map was compiled in 1919 and each square is 500 yards by 500 yards and the blue numbers record the amount of bodies recovered in each 500 yard square.
Admittedly two battles were fought over this ground between 1916 & 1918 but jeez.......lest we forget
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