April 13, 2018
In our last article we announced that we would be bringing you a series of videos, along with part 1, showing you the interior restoration of the famous World War 2 1942 Motor Gunboat MGB 81.
Above is part 2 in our series of videos showing how the 48 laminated hull frames were fitted. You can read about how they were laminated and cut to shape here or watch part one of the videos 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
Part 5 – Deck Structure & Flooring
We 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