As the newly appointed Project Manager for the SR.N 4 Princess Anne, I would like to provide you all with the first of many updates on the various restoration activities.
After a short period of adjustment at the Museum over the winter (which included new trustees, volunteers and associated handovers) we can now start in earnest, our plans for the restoration of our largest exhibit, The Princess Anne.
As we move into springtime, the opportunity to begin our long list of works must be grabbed with both hands! Several activities have been highlighted as priorities with many less pressing jobs also identified.
At the top of the list is the need to make the rather fragile roof watertight and safe to walk on, which is no small feat given the large square metre area! A number of options have been considered for this, none of them cheap or quick to implement, so in the short term, individual repairs will continue to be carried out by our small engineering team.
Equally important is the impending transfer of the Propellers from her sister craft The Princess Margaret. All of the preparative work has been completed and this week, we are in the final stages of ensuring that the health and safety and permissions aspects of the operation are all satisfied.
All being well, the work will commence in the early morning of Saturday 18th March, with a small focussed team of personnel. The removal of props from Margaret is expected to be completed this weekend, but the whole swap process could take up to 2 weeks depending on the weather and other factors, so we ask that during this time, all volunteers/ visitors please observe the health and safety requirements that will be in place on site i.e Hi Viz jackets, Barriers, signage and instructions.
Also, a priority is the re-painting of the craft in the Seaspeed livery. The Paint and associated equipment is currently being sourced in preparation of the proposed work party that will make a start on this on the 23rd March.
There is also now a Whiteboard located near the bow ramp of Princess Anne, which details the status of the priority jobs. As always, if you would like to come down and help, we would greatly appreciate some hands-on volunteers! (See our volunteer page for more info)
All of this, of course, requires funding on a scale that matches the size of the craft, so look out for some funding incentives in the near future and please- spread the word! In the meantime, if you haven’t already, please take a look at our SRN4 GoFundMe page at https://uk.gofundme.com/
Steve McGarry on behalf of the Trustees