We hope they’ll join us anyway. 🙂 Colin shares his engineering knowledge with today’s visitors. -and now Colin shares his practical engineering knowledge with two engineers, very happy to take it onboard Even the roll gauge was happy to listen in! Bon voyage to our visitors (Bill McPherson was still in the saloon- doing the dishes 🙂
Saturday 6th September, Ben and Hamish from Wessex Archaeolgy visited to gather information further to their stabilisation plan for the Explorer. Some very intense information gathering! LET THERE BE LIGHT -at the foot of the stairs. More lights to follow on Tuesday. 💡
Customs House in Leith gave us a stall for Open Doors Day. It was a blustery, rather coolish day in general, and visitors were reduced on last years numbers. Even the Saturday Market was quiet. Nonetheless the people who did attend were enthusiastic. One vistors father used to work onboard- and anothers father spliced ropes for vessels in the dock. our stand- surrounded by artwork-classy! Some nautical neighbours to our stand. Wonder if the Explorer ever caught an octopus?
A fabulous picture taken by Magnus Hagdorn in his speciality style! It looks fantastic- worthy of the SS.Enterprise.
Some terrific pictures fron Stuart Brown of The LoFi camera club. Space doesn’t allow all of them- but here are some received today- thank you Stuart. A couple of outside pictures from a new perspective. A dramatic look at the Bridge And below- a rather spooky shot of an apparent ghostie in the alleyway……
No coincidence this storm was named after two of the greatest boxers ever! It knocked ten bells out of the gangway. The vessel is accessible by the boat deck gangway and entering through the bridge- with great care, of course. Making it steady again is our highest priority right now. Watch this space! UPDATE -SATURDAY 22ND SEPT 2018 A good days work by Duncan and Jim! Before—- After——— Safe again- with sails removed and stowed in the fish-lab.
A visit was requested by a daring group of 4 fellows from Durham, who discovered on the internet that visiting the SS Explorer was a recommended activity when visiting Leith. Could not agree more. Despite our usual gangway being mangled by hurricane Ali – Peter, Morris, Ken and Graham all managed to board via the boat-deck gangway, and enter through the bridge. A very pleasant tour party- and all left with leaflets and application forms.
Today we were visited by The Citadel Arts Group. A leith community group who have previously written and performed a play about Scottish whalers. They are now interested in writing a play about the SS Explorer.
One of our members, Dave Arrowsmith, is a member of a Camera Club. As a subject worthy of recording for posterity, they requested a visit to the SS Explorer to take a photie! A lot of photies, actually. Coincidentally, a photographer, Magnus, who has visited our ship in past and taken pictures, requested another visit to take some speciality pictures in the engine room. The mess room was standing room only- but worth the crush for coffee and cake!
Alistair R White joined the SS Exlorer Society recently. Today, he came along to see what all the fuss is about- and thoroughly enjoyed a guided tour.
The Leith Model Boat Club members arrive for a visit of our full scale Explorer. Andy and Charles escorted them on the tour. While lunch was served, the chat and anecdotes of our vistors really brought the saloon back to life!
Some new faces came to see us, but one of those faces had his own bunk here when his father was Captain. A working calendar -at last! Andy, and his lovely wife Amanda, came to see Andy’s old stomping ground when he was a little younger. Andy talks to Andy. He sailed with his dad and had his own bunk- which he reclaimed! Any extra pillows? The Bridge hasn’t changed much- probably cleaner now. A jolly good day was had- and Andy had some great stories to tell us. My dad’s boat! Another Andrew brought along David, who spent his working life at sea and was delighted to visit the Explorer. Two happy chappies. Our regular friend, Ben MacPherson, brought his brother-in-law, David to the vessel. Another happy chappie after his tour. Hold Fast! And finally- the banners for Saturday’s visit of the Leith Model Boat club were rolled out. Our equivalent of a red carpet welcome.
Derek has completed the saloon skylight- No more rain ingress. Yes! -And some more painting of the alleyway was done. No lights for a photo as the generator stopped working- but here is the evidence m’lud. The remains of the day.
A cupboard was cleaned and set up by Jean- and is now open and ready for business! A thing of beauty…………
After our enjoyable vist from the Forth Ports Management Team, our Chairman, Andy, attends the naming ceremony of the Forth Ports Tug (The Craigleith) and pilot vessel (The Forth Puma).
Some continental visitors sought out our increasingly famous project. All the way from Switzerland!
Well, volunteer painters from Victoria Quay Offices Having worked up a hearty appetite after much painting- lunch was served in the officers saloon.
Just another quiet Tuesday in Edinburgh Dock.
A very smart workshop- love that bench! Mr Chippendale would be proud. As you can see, if all else fails hit it with a hammer.
A good time was had by all.
Derek doing a sterling job on the saloon skylight.
Post AGM tour of SS Explorer.