Phew, it wears me out just trying to keep up with his progress on the blog let alone the work. Well done Dave!
He was kind enough to share some of his photos of his work. See below with explanatory notes.
Before. Note the square window closest to the camera. This was used to replace the missing ones at the front. It had that engine air vent right in front of it anyway. Also all the rear portholes (the round one for example) are now gone too.
As you can see below the original front of the ship wheelhouse only had two windows in. You can now see (later below) that all the slots have windows in (5 windows in the front in total). Makes a huge difference to the view.
Dave on the scaffold.
The pipes below are lead. They had to be cut into short chunks to make them liftable.
These two sea ports originally carried out waste water from various places. One will now be taken off and closed up and the other will be the air vent for the sewage tanks (apparently, if you dont vent them you can get gas build up and a lot of smell).
You can see here below the first 4 round discs that cover the portholes up in the cabins. The first 4 from left to right have now been removed ready for the first restored ones to go back in.
All the large portholes from the living areas are now removed. First 4 have been taken for restoration.
Cabin porthole spaces now cut out. Getting close to the point where the new ones can be fitted.
These are the new windows in the front of the wheelhouse.
Hard to see but the two 6000 litre water tanks have now had their pipies fitted ready to be connected to the water pump and the filters.
Lead pipes still to be moved. I feel my back aching already!