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Barge Maurice A 

First pictures Keel laid 21/05/2010

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Fabricator Steve Nott lays out the 25mm keel sections.

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Keel welded up and sitting in frame supports.

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8mm bottom front chine plate being manoeuvred into position. Many bits for Maurice A was assembled at the same time as the pre-production model (ie frames in background).

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Chine plate being tacked to keel. Chain pullers used to clamp plates into place. Note temporary tacked on plate supports.

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Stern chine plates tacked to keel. Outer propshaft pre machined for 45mm water lubricated bearings, and end machined to take water lubricated inner seal.

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First frame tacked in place.

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Front lower chine plates. Note bowthruster tube (half) cut outs.

 

The next batch of images are up to 28/07/2010

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Svarvik

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Front frames in. Floor supports in to strengthen frames before lower chime wrap.

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Svarvik.

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Front bulkhead in place.

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Lower chine wrapped.

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Lower chine wrapped.

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Lower chine wrapped.

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Most frames now in place. Note tank frames have been lowered (not enough headroom).

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Engine room bulkhead in place. Engine room taking shape.

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Engine room floor. Keel cooler for engine marked out.

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Baffles for engine keel cooler.

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Baffles for engine keel cooler.

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Bowthruster tube being prepared.

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Weed hatch takes shape. The back is one of the frames.

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Keel coolers for engine and generator finished and pressure tested. Bleed at highest point.

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Keel coolers for engine and generator finished and pressure tested. Bleed at highest point.

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Second chine plates being fitted.

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Second chine plates being fitted.

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Second chine plates being fitted.

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Bowthruster tube in situ.

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Weed hatch nearly finished.

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Weed hatch nearly finished. Note back frame support, fabricated by Steve, as this was missing from the kit!

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Tank sides tacked in.

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Bow with two chine plates in place.

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Bow with two chine plates in place. Bowthruster mounts already cut.

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Bow with two chine plates in place.

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Tanks taking shape.

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Tanks taking shape.

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Tanks taking shape.

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Gas locker utilising side and front bulkhead takes shape.

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Gas locker utilising side and front bulkhead takes shape.

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Gas locker utilising side and front bulkhead takes shape.

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Tanks pressure tested, floor supports going in.

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Tanks pressure tested, floor supports going in.

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Stern takes shape.

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Stern takes shape.

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Side decks tacked in place.

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Decks in place.

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Wheelhouse base takes shape.

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Wheelhouse base takes shape.

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Wheelhouse base takes shape.

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Wheelhouse base takes shape.

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Wheelhouse base takes shape.

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Upper stern being wrapped.

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Upper stern wrapped.

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Upper stern wrapped.

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Upper stern wrapped.

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Hull sides going on.

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Hull sides going on.

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Floor extended to stern plate, as this will be accessible through rear locker.

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Floor extended to stern plate, as this will be accessible through rear locker.

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Stern modified, so that upper ruband can be vertical.

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Stern modified, so that upper ruband can be vertical.

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Upper stern takes shape.

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Upper stern takes shape.

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Looking through lower wheelhouse.

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Stern, note rear deck drain.

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Bow.

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Bow.

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Bow.

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Stern.

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Graham measures modified cabin height for Neil.

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Cabin sides going on.

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Cabin sides tacked on.

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Roof bearers.

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Roof bearers.

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Robert.

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Big Steve and Robert.

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Roof panels laid on top.

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Roof tacked on.

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Upper stern finished.

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Bow fairing on.

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Cabin looking forward.

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Cabin looking back.

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Engine room bulkhead.

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Diesel tanks.

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Front of cabin.

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Engine room from stern.

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Engine room from stern.

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Generator keel tank.

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Engine keel tank.

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Engine room, looking at weed hatch / stern.

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Weed hatch

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Looking through wheelhouse.

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Bow deck.

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Gas locker.

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Bow locker.

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Bow.

Graham's pictures from 20/09/2010

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Stainless steel anchor tube and pull plate - now on the other side.

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Front locker hatch, showing chain bucket (will have drain hole to side) and anchor tube.

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Inside front locker, showing chain bucket (will have drain hole to side) and anchor tube, gas locker (to bottom) and bowthruster tube.

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Mount for anchor windlass.

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Gas locker - will take 2 x 23Kg bottles.

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Top of bow, now finished in 20mm steel rod.

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Bow.

 

10/10/2010

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Toerail with 20mm round bar capping. Mount points for "Tip Top" "Zig-zag" barge fenders.


Toerail with 20mm round bar capping. Mount points for "Tip Top" "Zig-zag" barge fenders. Ducted vent for low level ventilation.

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Toerail with 20mm round bar capping. Mount points for "Tip Top" "Zig-zag" barge fenders.

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Toerail with 20mm round bar capping. Mount points for "Tip Top" "Zig-zag" barge fenders. Ducted vent for low level ventilation.

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Wheelhouse upstand.

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Wheelhouse upstand.


Bow locker.


Drained chain box in bow locker.


Drained chain box in bow locker.


Bow bollard position (these bollards not used)


Bow bollard position (these bollards not used)


Front lockers - gas to port side. Anchor tube, mounts for anchor winch.


Front window / escape hatch aperture not yet cut.


Roof, looking to stern.


Cabin, looking towards bow. Side window apertures cut and battening angle fitted.


Cabin, looking towards stern.


Thyssen steel Lloyds Grade "A" laser etch marks.


Thyssen steel Lloyds Grade "A" laser etch marks.


Bow. Final bow rubband to still be fitted.


Bow. Drain for anchor chain and gas locker.


Bow.

 

27/10/2010

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Handrails fitted. Dog box upstand welded in.

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Recessed side grab handle.

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Front of wheelhouse upstand grab handle.

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Dog box aperture.

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Continuous handrails to front of cabin. Mast tabernacle.

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Continuous handrails to front of cabin. Mast tabernacle. Front cabin vent hole cut.

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Recessed  2" diesel filler will be recessed in side of deck. Drains under top "D" bar rubband.

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Continuous handrails to front of cabin. Mast tabernacle. Front cabin escape hatch and vent hole cut.

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Diesel tank dip pipes and returns.

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Wheelhouse upstand handrails / vents.

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Position of rear rail marked.

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The correct sized top cabin step let into steelwork.

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Hatch to cabin cut to max size. Extra stiffeners / battening angle added. Battening started in cabin. Tray for diesel pipes.

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The correct sized top cabin step let into steelwork. Holes cut for diesel feed / returns.

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Rear tray for boards to take rear tankage.

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Diesel feed / returns will come through the bulkhead via these 1/4" sockets.

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The correct sized top cabin step let into steelwork.

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Rear deck stiffeners fitted and supports for tankage tray.

 

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