Saturday, 16 January 2016

Boathouse update - The view from the air

Work has been progressing well after the Christmas break. This Friday's tour of the site had a bit of a twist though, a look from above in the man riding cage winched up by the site crane.
The lifeboat looks very small on its mooring. You can just make out the shadow of the crane jib and the cage below.
Its hard to work out which of the slipway piers are in the right place and which are just being stored. There are currently 4 piers in the right place.
The tiles are starting to go on the roof of the Angling club.
The excavator has been working with the divers this week preparing pier 5 of the ALB slipway.
The frames and covers are being installed to cover the pits for the fresh water tanks and pumps.
The stone layers have also been starting to cover up the sheet piling at the rear of the boathouse with some stone reclaimed from the old boathouse.


Friday, 8 January 2016

Boathouse update - more machinery arrives on site for slipway work

Our builders are back from the Christmas break and have brought more machinery back with them. This machine is going to be used next week to start installing more of the ALB slipway piers.
The machine is basically an excavator on top of the tracks of a larger excavator (there's a bit more to it than that but you get the idea!).
The machine arrived in two parts, the base (above) and the excavator (below).
Then its just the simple matter of putting one on top of the other.
 Join all the hydraulic hoses up and off you go!
You can keep going all the way to its maximum wading depth of 3.4m
It'll be interesting to see it working next week. There's also a team of divers coming too so hopefully there'll be good progress.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

A fond farewell as Deputy 2nd Coxn John Gilmour leaves for pastures new.

Yesterday was John Gilmour's last day as a volunteer at Swanage Lifeboat Station. In a few days time he and his family will be moving to Scotland to start a new chapter in their lives. John is a teacher and has got himself a headship at Craigclowan Prepatory School.

John joined us in January 2001 not long after moving to Swanage after getting a teaching job at The Old Malthouse School.
His experience in The Royal Naval soon became apparent and in early 2003 he was made an ILB Helmsman and a Navigator on the ALB.
John is a keen sailor and he was often called upon to assist on board stricken yachts.
In the summer of 2004 John was appointed as Deputy 2nd Coxswain for the station's all weather lifeboat. This would allow him to take command of the lifeboat in the Coxswain's absence.
In his time at Swanage John has been on 50 services on the ILB and 150 on the ALB. This amounts to over 320 hours at sea.

There are countless people who have benefited from John's selfless commitment to the RNLI and Swanage Lifeboat Station. We wish him and his family all the very best for the future and look forward to seeing them from time to time when they venture back down South.




Friday, 4 December 2015

Boathouse update - floor slab nearly finished, more walls going up.

Good progress again this week. The back wall of the ALB boathall is coming on nicely.
The main floor slab in the ALB boathall is pretty much done and provides a good flat area to store more of the precast slipway piers.
The first four slipway piers are now in place, they will be filled with concrete once the metalwork to support the slipway arrives.
The green object beyond the fourth pier is a trench box and this is where pier five will be going. The other precast piers are just there for storage at the moment.

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Boathouse update - another wet few weeks

Another wet few weeks but the builders have been getting on with things.
Most of the effort has been concentrated on getting the floor of the ALB boathall poured. This means bringing the block work up to above ground level.
Then creating shuttering around the pits in the floor for the washdown water tanks and pumps and the slipway piers.
Unfortunately its virtually impossible to get a photo of the floor as its covered over to protect it.

The Angling Club roof has come on a bit and the crew room floor has been fitted.

Friday, 6 November 2015

Boathouse update - A wet week but still good progress

The weather hasn't helped the builders this week. They were hoping to pour some concrete on Friday morning but that hasn't been possible. Despite the rain they have been busy though.
The roof of the Angling Club is starting to take shape.
The ILB boathall has its ceiling joists and the steel beam to lift the boat to drain any water out of it.
This is the doorway from the ILB shed to the changing room with the ALB boathall beyond that.
This is the changing room which now has ceiling joists and steel beams to take the weight of the wall above. The floor isn't finished yet there's still the insulation and the underfloor heating to go in.
This is the view from part way up the stairs looking towards the Angling Club. There's still another storey to go on here.
The stairs to the first floor are now in place
and the steps at the rear of the boathouse are structurally finished.

Hopefully the weather will be a bit kinder next week so they can start on the ALB boathall floor.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Landmark occasion as future Swanage Lifeboat goes afloat for the first time

The future Shannon class Swanage Lifeboat has just completed its structural build at Berthon in Lymington and has undergone its first basic commissioning trials.
Station Mechanic, Dave Turnbull, went to see the boat on the momentous day that the George Thomas Lacy entered the water for the first time. Dave said “It was amazing to be one of the first people aboard our future lifeboat, she looks fantastic and we cannot wait for her to arrive on station”.
The future Swanage Lifeboat was carefully weighed before being lowered in to the water for the first time. She then underwent some commissioning trials including stability checks and starting the engines for the first time.
Over the coming weeks a series of further commissioning trials will be completed before the future Swanage lifeboat is ready to be handed over to enter the RNLI fleet, around the end of 2015.
Once accepted by the RNLI the 'George Thomas Lacy' will commence a succession of sea trials to test every aspect of the boats capability. The Swanage crew will be undergoing training on the new lifeboat early next year, ready for the lifeboat coming on service in the Spring of 2016.