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1942 MGB 81 Restoration Video, Fitting the Flooring Structures – Part 5/5

May 11, 2018

Fitting Flooring Structures

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

  • New engine displays & controls
  • Steering system
  • AIS system
  • Installing glass deck lights

Repairs and Paint

  • Complete repaint of vessel topsides, deck, antifoul and coach roof
  • Portside hardwood rub rail
  • Transom repairs
  • Deckhouse repairs
  • Deck hatches repairs

Engine Room

  • Fitting of new FPT C13 825hp diesel engines
  • New gearboxes
  • Installation of new exhaust system, fuel system and seawater cooling system
  • New shafts and prop
  • New batteries
  • Engine room ventilation upgrade
  • Installing engine room fire alarms
  • Servicing and upgrading hull valves and fittings
  • Servicing of all seacocks

Progress and updates on this project can be followed on our website here or register for our monthly eNews blog here.

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