May 11, 2018
Last week we brought you part 4 in the interior restoration of the famous World War 2 1942 Motor Gunboat MGB 81. This week we are pleased to bring you the final interior video in our series where we will be fitting the flooring/deck structure. This won’t be the last video produced for the MGB 81 as we still need to fit the 3 new FPT C13 825hp diesel engines, as well as carry out numerous sea trials, but for now please sit back and enjoy part 5 which can be viewed below.
Part 1 – Laminating, Spiling & Shaping Hull Frames – watch the video here
Part 2 – Fitting Hull Frames – watch the video here
Part 3 – Box Stringers, Longitudinals & Bunk fronts – watch the video here
Part 4 – Bunk Structure & Webs – watch the video here
Part 5 – Deck Structure & Flooring – watch the video here
We have also produced 2 videos in which the 3 MAN 835hp engines were lifted and removed in order to make way for 3 new, Mermaid Marine supplied, FPT C13 825hp diesel engines. These will more reliable, fuel efficient, and lighter. In case you missed it you can read the article and watch the videos here.
The aim is to complete the restoration and carry out trials in mid-2018, after which she will be on show at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard along with other renowned historical vessels together with HMS Victory, HMS Warrior and the Mary Rose.
Outstanding jobs still include;
Helm & interior
Repairs and Paint