Naval restoration projects

Overseas projects

One of the more interesting journeys I have been asked to undertake was to Khartoum, in the Sudan, where one of General Kitchener’s gunboats survives intact.

As the club house of the Blue Nile Sailing Club, the Melik has been high and dry for a number of years and is structurally very much intact. Our survey showed that the local climate was very good for preventing corrosion, although it’s affect on timber was not so good, leading to desiccation and loss of structural integrity. It also revealed that the vessel was indeed complete except for her armament and machinery.

Work continues to ensure her continued preservation. Meanwhile the Sudanese authorities have themselves started to restore an even older river boat, the Bordein of General Gordon fame.

It should also be recorded that we were treated with extreme kindness by our Sudanese hosts during our stay, although it was a little warm, even apparently by local standards!

Other projects have resulted in replica sailing ships for countries as diverse as China and Eire.

Maritime restoration projects

Overseas projects

The latest overseas work has come from the West Coast of America where the original RMS Queen Mary now resides. After many years alongside in the port of Long Beach, her operators decided that it was hightime that the ship‘s structure was surveyed.

The survey was successfully carried out in conjunction with teams from UK and US partners and
the formal report on the state of the ship and with a costed way ahead will be
published shortly.

Alongside the Queen Mary is a Foxtrot class Soviet era submarine, the Skorpion, and a survey
of this vessel was also carried out with a resulting report including an options study and recommendations for the future disposition of the vessel.

One of the more interesting journeys I have been asked to undertake was to Khartoum, in the Sudan, where one of General Kitchener’s gunboats survives intact.

As the club house of the Blue Nile Sailing Club, the Melik has been high and dry for a number of years and is structurally very much intact. Our survey showed that the local climate was very good for preventing corrosion, although it’s affect on timber was not so good, leading to desiccation and loss of structural integrity. It also revealed that the vessel was indeed complete except for her armament and machinery.

Work continues to ensure her continued preservation. Meanwhile the Sudanese authorities have themselves started to restore an even older river boat, the Bordein of General Gordon fame.

It should also be recorded that we were treated with extreme kindness by our Sudanese hosts during our stay, although it was a little warm, even apparently by local standards!

Other projects have resulted in replica sailing ships for countries as diverse as China and Eire.

Overseas projects

One of the more interesting journeys I have been asked to undertake was to Khartoum, in the Sudan, where one of General Kitchener’s gunboats survives intact.

As the club house of the Blue Nile Sailing Club, the Melik has been high and dry for a number of years and is structurally very much intact. Our survey showed that the local climate was very good for preventing corrosion, although it’s affect on timber was not so good, leading to desiccation and loss of structural integrity. It also revealed that the vessel was indeed complete except for her armament and machinery.

Work continues to ensure her continued preservation. Meanwhile the Sudanese authorities have themselves started to restore an even older river boat, the Bordein of General Gordon fame.

It should also be recorded that we were treated with extreme kindness by our Sudanese hosts during our stay, although it was a little warm, even apparently by local standards!

Other projects have resulted in replica sailing ships for countries as diverse as China and Eire.

Overseas
projects
The ones that
got away
Modern vessel
restoration
Large vessel
restoration
Small vessel
 restoration