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For the very latest news of work on the Ross Revenge and the work diaries of her volunteer crew please see the official "Horizon Magazine" website.

Recent happenings around the Ross Revenge.

Updated December 2010

Throughout 2009 and 2010 work continued on repainting the exterior of the ship. A lot of the high level superstructure, in particular the funnel area has been chipped back to bare metal, re-primed and repainted. This is a very difficult area to work around, due to it's curvature and access, even with our scaffold tower, and it all took much longer than expected. We also chipped and repainted all of the main deck “mushrooms” and hatchways, the rear deck engine rooms hatches, and many others parts of the exterior of the ship. During the summer of 2010 our neogtiations for a new public mooring started to show promise, and in prepaartion for any potential move, and in associatiuon with our insurers we commissioned a marine inspector to undertake a survey of the ship. This highlighted many issues, some of which were fairly trivial, and some of which were more significant. The most depressing was that the inspector was not at all happy with the ships broadcast towers, their mountings, stay wires and structural integrity. This was obviously a major blow, and as we debated the merits of ultrasound surveys, dismantling the towers for further structural analysis and possible rebuilding, we received a phone call out of the blue. A long time and ardent supporter, upon hearing of the potential problem with the towers offered to donate us a brand new tower. On his owninitiative he contacted several tower manufacture, negotiated prices, and offered to pay for the whole lot. To say we were somewhat taken aback is to put it mildly, and if all goes to plan, the Ross Revenge will take on a whole new silhouette duruing 2011. See our 2010 update page for further details and pictures of this years restoration progress.

Despite optimistic hopes of getting out of Tilbury Docks onto a public mooring during the summer of 2008 we were again disappointed by the slow wheels of grinding beauracracy. However, on the bright side, it has given us another summer to work on the outside of the ship and improve her appearance. The trawl wnch has been given a long overdue makeover, both sides of the bows have been taken down to clean metal for repainting, the side gunwhales have had similar treatment. Internally further work has has taken place on refurbishing the cabins and accomodation areas, more areas of the ship have been rewired, the fire alarm system has been upgraded with further zones added, and automatic smoke detectors installed. Substantial items of the ships broadcast equipment have been rented out to a movie company some of the income from which has been spent on further engineering materials and paint and several new volunteers have come forward to offer their services as crew members. Some weekends we have had as many as 17 crew onboard! Full details of work in 2008 is available on this webpage

The Summer of 2007 saw the crew hard at work renovating the portside of the hull and superstructure. She was located in the old barge dock within Tilbury docks, which has the superb advantge of having a concrete quayside right down to water level. Indeed at times the quay can be an inch or so under water. This has allowed the crew to chip off and clean the rust spots right down to the waterline, and repaint. As well as the exterior of the hull, we have also tackled the outside of the superstructure, from the exit in the old "dog kennel", along the exterior walls of the mess room, galley and engine room upto the main winch. As this area has traditionally not been accessed during tours it is many years since a co-ordinated effort has been made to paint and clean it.

Time has also been spent overhauling some of the ships toilet and shower facilities during 2007 to make these more efficient and pleasant to use as well as the general day to day repairs and maintenance. Work continues on refurbishing the ships electrical systems, and further improvements to the fire alarm and emergency lighting systems have been made.
Over the Winter of 2006/07 work continued of the crews cabin areas, and all of these bar one have now been re-painted, varnished, re-wired and generally smartened up. The final cabin will be tackled over the winter of 2007/08.

Lots of pictures and more details of work in 2007 can be found here.

She spent the summer of 2006 in Berth 21 before moving to the old barge dock in November. She was moved into Berth 21 in January from Berth 12 adjacent to the cement works. Both Berth 21 and the old barge dock meant we had less cement dust covering everything - which was something of a relief. During the move we took the opportunity to turn her round, so her starboard side was against the quay. Throughout spring and summer, work throughout 2006 has been to repaint the starboard side hull and the stern end whilst we are along a quayside.

See Easter 2006 , May 2006 and Summer 2006pages for lots of pictures. Note these pages are very large - several megabytes long so allow time for downloading.

During the winter months of 2005/06 work continued inside the ship, the main focus of attention being refurbishment of the messroom and some of the crews cabins.

See here for more messroom pictures.

Prior to that, in late summer 2005 the port side of the hull (which was then along the quayside) was stripped down to bare metal, reprimed and repainted in bright red gloss. To reach the hard to reach parts we hired a cherry picker for a weekend, and thus managed to painted the bows and repaint her name.

Full details here.

Before the hull painting, one of our first jobs after arriving in Tilbury docks was to refurbish and repaint the back deck.

Whilst all these major jobs have been going on, lots of other work has been taking pace too. Lot's of re-wiring has been done, the ships PA system has been repaired, improvements to the central heatng have been made, and all the little ongoing day-to-day repairs and tasks have been tackled.

One notable achievement was the donation of a substantial quantity of high quality engine oil by the good people at Valvoline Oils. Our Chief Engineer Peter Clayton has recommenced work on the main engine, and we are all looking forward to the day when all that new oil and hydraulic fluid can be put to good use. Of course, before we could store the fresh oil we had to clean out the oil tanks which was not a particularly pleasant job.

More Pictues
Before the move into the docks in May 2005 we spent ten very productive months moored alongside the ferry landing stage at Tilbury. During August and Spetember 2004 the ship once again hosted the programmes of Radio Caroline, to a local audience on a "Restricted Service Licence" (RSL) on 1278khz AM, and to the larger and world wide audience via the stations regular satellite, worldspace and internet feeds. During this time the ship was opened up to the public and welcomed thousdands of visitors from all around the world. Once the RSL was finished, broadcasts and open days took place on the ship one weekend per month throughout the autumn of 2004 and into 2005.
A whole load of pictures from the RSL can be found here.

Prior to the move to Tilbury in July 2004, the Ross Revenge spent a little over a year at on the Medway at Rochester in Kent, and before that 4 years at Queenborough on the Isle of Sheppey.

More pictures from Rochester here.