Sunday, 14 August 2011

Just about done in the wheelhouse

I was working to complete the wheel house today.  Cleaned out the remaining wiring which included the lights and sockets.  It struck me today that to get the ship to the position where it can be insulated I will now need to strip out the remaining electrics including lights and sockets.  This means I have to put in some temporary lights and cabling to keep me going in the mean time.   Should not be too difficult.

So the only remaining cable in the wheel house is now the single cable feeding the standby foghorn.  This just needs to be neatly run along its current route and then insulated.  I only now have to remove the remaining furniture, get Dave to cut out all the bits still on the walls.  Then that will be 2 rooms ready (mess and wheelhouse).

The second job was the removal of the foghorn ballasts (those odd wire mesh heating elements).  If the horns are to work these will be needed but I do not want them where they are now (were) and will move them over to the windlass room.

The battery room still needs to be cleaned of its batteries and some lights removed (a day's work) and that will be room 3.  The final room will then be the radio room.

The galley still needs the cooking platform removed (so out with the concrete breaker, big GRIN, he he).

All lights now removed.  Just the ceiling wiring trays to remove (Dave)

The 4 foghorn ballasts

One was under the water tank that fed the bilge pump.

One was by the burglo alarm (that was its brand name for the burglar alarm)

Two were in the main area by the mess and the bathrooms.  They were really ugly so it is better they are moved from this area.  The two distribution boards will also be gone.  Just need to put in alternative light circuits for a while so I can remove these.


  1. Hi there,

    Bit new to this .. have just become a member (Clive Sweetingham) after having visited the Marina last week and spotting your ship. Instantly fascinated and not being able to suppress the urge to carry out some research, I soon found out she was Gannet – couldn’t see the stern from the jetty.

    I have tried to trace her history, and have published my findings here, a Forum on which I am a Moderator:

    Now totally hooked, I am looking forward to following the rest of this project, and am also tracing the careers of her sisters Osprey, Shearwater, Kittiwake and Skua

    With a an engineering background, and in particular electrical/electronic engineering I have been sympathetic to your musings and struggles with the power configuration options, and fully appreciate what you are trying to very sensibly achieve.

    It's a huge well done from me and I look forward to keeping up with future progress.

  2. Hi,
    Thanks for the comment. Always nice to have some fans. If you ever want to tour of the ship do not hesitate to ask. Never get bored with showing people around :->
    I will also take a look at your site and see where you get to on her history. There is a lot of info on the web. I was also contacted a week or so ago by someone who's father (now deceased) served on board. So will be contacting them soon.



  3. Hi Simon,

    Is your chap’s Father one of these – the last crews of Gannet before she was demanned on 26th March 1982:

    Charley Dumigan, Master (appointed Attendant Master)
    Jimmy Mageean, Naster (appointed Assistant Attendant Master)
    Ted Edge
    Charley Roche
    Myley Doyle
    Mick Ellard
    Harry Murray

    Also …

    Sam Clint (Attendant Master)
    Eddie McMullan
    Matt Caroll
    Debnis Behan
    Bill McGrattan
    Dave Keegan

    Temporary Seamen:
    Kieran McMullan
    William Fitzsimmons
    Laurence Edge
    K, McCarthy

    Others who served on the South Rock Station (not all may have necessarily served on Gannet)

    T. S. Andrews, F. Auld, R. Barry, D. Behan, J. J. Berringer, N. Bird, B. Brennan, S. Brennan (Master), P. Brady, G. Bright, J. Busher, J. Byrne, J. K. Carley, P. Carley, M. Carroll, C. J. Cleary, J. Cleary, J. J. Codd, E. Convey, P. Convey, B. Convey, R.Corry, J. P. Cunningham, R. Curran, A.Dick, P. Dolan, J. Doyle, M. Doyle, J. J. Duff, W. Duggan (Master), C. M. Dumigan (Master), J. Farrell, T. Flaherty, W. Flaherty, A. Foley, C. Fox, P. Gaddren, J. Gibson, W. Graham, S. E. Griffin, D. Hawkins (Master), P. Hayes, J. Hendrick, H. Higginbotham (Master), R. Higginbotham, M. Higginbotham, N. Higginbotham, P. Hogan, T. Kelly, A. Kirwan, P. Landy, J. Mageean (Master), W. J. Mahood, M. Malone, H. T. Mason, J. Meagher, J. J. Molloy, J. Moran, D. Moreland, J. Moreland, M. Moreland, T. Moreland, T. J. Morgan, J. J. Morris, T. Morris, J. Mullan, J. J. Mullan, P. Mullan, W. Mullan, P. Murphy, L. McAlea, K. McCarthy, J. J. McClean (Master), H. J. McCluskey, J. McGeean (Master), W. McGrath, W. McGrattan, H. McKeating, E. McMullan, K. McMullan, P. McMullan, R. A. McMullan, T. McMullan, P. J. Owens, B. Owens, G. O'Connor, J. O'Connor, W. O'Flaherty, E. O'Hanlon, T. O'Keefe, J. O'Neill (Master), J. J. Power, M. Roche, R. Roche, T. Roche, R. Roddy, J. Scanlan, P. Scanlan, P. Scanlan, A. Smith (Master), J. Smith (Master), J. Smyth, J. Smyth, T. Smyth, L. Stafford, N. Stafford, J. Tomelty (Master), E. Turkington, R. Tweedie, J. Tyrell, T. Tyrell, N. Whitmore, V. Whitmore, T. Whelan.


  4. Oops ... forgot Gabriel Rogers, Assistant Attendant Master to Sam Clint.


  5. Clive,
    It turns out that the name I have (yet to contact) is Fred Berringer who is the grandson of someone who served. I note your list contains J.J. Berringer.

    Small world!