Weekend Visitors 6/7th April

Joeri- whom we first met at Custom House Open Day managed to come and see us in action. He joined the society and we look forward to his return. The Browns, Doris, Giles and Martin of Aqualis, Aberdeen visited by request- having a professional interest in maritime engineering. Doris seemed interested too- I hope. We would like to thank them for joining the society and taking interest in the future of the Explorer.

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Friday March 15th- Technical visit from James Mitchell and Ruth Davies- Maid of the Loch, Loch Lomond Steamship Company.

The SS Explorer boasts a a directional valve of very similar proportions to one that the Maid requires replacing. We have shown- and are lending them our own valve. Ruth will fabricate the pattern for the new part. We got a donation of a ship’s clock- in need of some TLC. It requires a new internal mechanism, a new face- and some serious cleaning. Colin is on the case- and once completed- it will take it’s place in the Officers Saloon.

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A delightful visit -Saturday 12th January.

Today a Captain of 41 years tenure visited the SS Explorer. David shared many stories of his life at sea, working with the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency. He was very pleased to see an ex-Fisheries Research Vessel being well cared for while awaiting restoration. His book- Water Under the Keel was published in 2013. An autobiography of his life at sea. He really knows how tell the stories!

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Works in progress!

Great to see the Monkey Island shelter progressing- the monkeys are thrilled!  The gift of planking we got recently has magically become a Port side Walkway- meaning no more Torvill and Dean impressions! 🙂  The tourist trail is that little bit safer.  

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A very busy Saturday – 17/11/2018

Today our planned visit from our young model maker took place. However before the party arrived, a gentleman came to the ship and introduced himself as Bernard- one of the scientists who worked onboard in the 1960s. He was given a tour of memory lane- and told many excellent stories- including a fateful day in 1962, when the crew were assembled in the saloon to listen to president John F Kennedy statement on the Cuban Missile Crisis!  Our young model maker arrived, model in hand, with his family. He was given a tour and finished their visit with tea and sandwiches. He was presented with mementos of his visit. As the day ended, we had an unexpected gift in the form of more scaffolding planks to create a safe walkway on the port side.

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The Radio has Landed. 1/11/2018

This afternoon Andy and Jim went along to take to delivery of the radio- which had actually arrived fairly early this morning! Fortunately no-one had half-inched it, and it hadn’t rained.  Safely stowed now onboard. On their way home- they called in at The Fingal(below)-Leith’s latest boutique hotel- and spoke with some staff. Andy was admiring the lovely, pristine mooring ropes. He told them about the marvellous SS Explorer – and invited them along for a visit, when they have time.

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Hurricane Ali

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———

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4 Men in a boat. 20/9/2018

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.

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A happy snappy day! 15/9/18

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!

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A busy week ‘Exploring’.

Some new faces came to see us, but one of those faces had his own bunk here when his father was Captain. Andy, and his lovely wife Amanda, came to see Andy’s old stomping ground when he was a little younger. He sailed with his dad and had his own bunk- which he reclaimed! The Bridge hasn’t changed much- probably cleaner now. A jolly good day was had- and Andy had some great stories to tell us. Another Andrew brought along David, who spent his working life at sea and was delighted to visit the Explorer. Our regular friend, Ben MacPherson, brought his brother-in-law, David to the vessel. Another happy chappie after his tour. And finally- the banners for Saturday’s visit of the Leith Model Boat club were rolled out.

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