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Summer 2006 on the Ross Revenge.

The Paintathlon continues apace.......
With the stern and most of the hull painted over the early summer, we spent the mid and later summer months working on the hull towards ther bows. On the port side we had accomplished this by renting a cherry picker, but this meant we were only able to apply fresh paint onto the existing layers. However, her new position at berth 21 combined with the availability of the scaffold tower, enabled us to undertake a much more thorough job on the starboard side.

The first task every Saturday morning was therefore to swing out her stern into the middle of the dock, enabling her bows to be pulled tight alongside the quay. A suitable shackling point was available part way along the rear wall of the dock, but with no electric winch on the stern deck, a lot of muscle power and rope hauling is required. Having accompished this procedure almost every saturday morning, and the reverse procedure on Sunday afternoons throughout most of the summer, we developed a good technique. However, moving 1000 tonnes of ship by hand doesn't get any easier, and occasionally the wind got the better of us, and we ended up in a bit of a pickle.

Slightly adrift, the wind took us offshore before we managed to get the bows pulled in tight!
Maybe the old girl thought she could make a dash for freedom if we slipped one more rope....

Before swinging out the stern, it is necessary to put all the tools, materials, and scaffold tower onto the quayside. Once in position the only means of accessing the ship is via a ladder tied over the side as the normal side gate will be 10-15 feet from the quayside. With everything in place we can start to needle gun and chip away the old paint and rust, and again prepare the surface for fresh primer and top coat of red gloss.

Progress along the bows is much slower than progress along the side of the ship. This is duie to working at height on the scaffold tower, plus the much greater height and size of area required to be tackled. Hanging over our head at all times was the prospoect that Tilbury Ports may want us to leave Berth 21 for the old barge dock, which has a much lower quayside. If we did move it would mean the scaffold would no longer reach the highest parts of the bow, hence these had to be tackled first whilst we still had access.

An additional problem to work around at this point of the ship is her movement. The scaffold has to be close enough to the ship such that one can comfortably and safely reach it with tools, but not close enough that she will hit the scaffold as shes moves up and down and side to side. Bearing in mind the overhang and curvature of the bows, this could make placing the scaffold very difficult, and often work would be halted as we had to adjust the positioning and mooring ropes.


Slowly but surely, during June and July we made steady progress along the bows, until, finally
on Sunday 16th July we made contact on the bow with the paint which had been applied
the previous year from the cherry picker.

Lee applies the roller to join up the new paint on the starboard side with that applied from the port side via the cherry picker last year.
For the first time in about 15 years, we have a layer of same colour paint all the way round the Ross Revenge. Allowing for a break over the winter months it has taken over 9 months of effort.

We had hoped to do more work on the hull during August, but the weather was not to be kind to us, despite the heatwave in June and July. So it was not until the last week in August that we once again managed to work on the hull. Even then we had to leave the ship tied up with the bows in tight and the scaffold in place for 3 days until we finally had good enough weather to work on her.

With two coats of red top coat now on the bows, she looks really good, and Lee can test his sign writing skills once again.
The area to the left and below the anchor is very difficult to reach, and although we could roller on a layer of fresh paint from the quayside, we have decided to wait until we are in the barge dock to see if access is any easier and we can then chip and grind as we have done for the rest of the hull.

The name was cut into the steelwork many years ago with a welders torch, so it is not too difficult to re-write her name. however a steady hand and small brush is required for the fine curves. Not to mention the ability to concentrate as she gently moves up and down and to and fro on the water.

Meanwhile, Tommy applies another coat of red top around the bows using his magic extension pole on a roller. This tried and tested method is remarkably effective at getting paint into the hard to reach areas.

Before and after shots of the bows. Notice any difference?

With the rain during, and at the end of August we started once again to work on inside and covered areas of the ship.
The dog kennel and rear deck overhang were two areas which were tackled.

Lee attacks the remaining stump of the old dog kennel wall with the (new) big angle grinder. Such a machine makes light work of removing the rough cuttings, but is not a light tool to hold in the air for too long!

Meanwhile our latest crew recruit, Deanna, cleans up the newly chipped kennel wall with a small grinder, ready for priming.

Deanna and Phil needle-gun and grind the deck overhang ready for priming.

During the August Bank Holiday week in 2005 we started to re-paint the port side of the ships hull in searing heat. During the same week in 2006 we often had to take rapid cover as the heavens opened above us. Here we see cascades of water flowing off the stern deck during one of the frequent downpours.

Later in the August bank holiday week, the weather cleared up a bit for a day or two, and we started to work on the forepek area. One of the main reasons for this was to prevent streaks of rusty water running over the side and down the bows, thus ruining our hard work of repainting the bows.

Roland needle-guns the forepeak deck whilst Peter cleans up the emergency anchor frame with a grinder.

Graham chisel-hammers some stubborn rust while Deanna grinds the anchor frame.

Finally, with our 6 day August stint onboard the ship coming to a close, there is just enough time left for Lee to practice a bit more sign writing and tidy up the station logo on the side of the superstructure.

Can you spot the subtle alterations to the logo?

A big thank you to all of the crew who gave up their August bank holiday weekend and much of the following week to help keep the old girl looking her best.

The Sunday lunchtime crew:
Clockwise from the doorway, John, Alan, Lee, Gill, Steve, Deanna, Phil, Graham, Tommy, Pete, Dave 2. Dave 1 behind the camera.