Tag Archives: Rivets

Getting the shaft

So maybe you have noticed this 2001: A Space Oddity-like monolith that has been rising out of the center of the main deck in some of the other pictures? It is the shaftway to conceal (and deaden the noise of) the piping for the engine exhausts and all the pipes that will eventually go from the [...]
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Ring around the rosey

So I have been working my way around the stern – rewelding all the TC bolts. These are the hardest ones as they are virtually overhead. This is where the rudder post goes up through the hull. Only a few left to go in this area and then I can move back [...]
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Susan Elizabeth 1886-2008 RIP

It was a sad day in the shipyard when the Susan Elizabeth showed up in the yard.  She was built a year earlier than NY Central 13 in 1886 also by the John H. Dialogue shipyard in Camden, NJ.  She was also a NY Central Railroad Tugboat and she was numbered No. 3.  So she [...]
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More TC bolt welding today

I am still working my way around the starboard side stern quarter.  It is slower going as it gets to be more overhead welding and there are more TC bolts per square foot.  I found a TC bolt that had no weld on it at all!  Most of these TC bolts have an existing single [...]
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Another day welding

Sundays are the quietest days at the shipyard as all the regular workers are off.  So no sandblasting or forklifts running around.  I am getting to the stern on the starboard side of the hull now.  And the hull is going to start to slope back so I will start to have to do more [...]
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Welding the TC bolts

I used TC (Tension Control) bolts in lieu of rivets where I have replaced the wrought iron plate with steel plate.  Then have a nice rounded head that looks like a button head rivet and they are threaded so I could use a large pneumatic impact hammer to tighten them down.  I forgot how many [...]
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Replacing hull plates

So here is a little photo timeline on how we replated the hull.  The first step, not shown here, was to cut off the old plate and remove all the rivets.  Then to sandblast, prime and paint the stiffeners or ribs.  Here they are grey.  You can see I had to fix some of the [...]
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