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The VIC 96 Trust

Newsletter No 6


Saturday 6th April 2014

Present:  Derek, Frank, Steve, Brian, Ray, Bill and Tony.
Derek and Ray carried on with construction of the dinghy support frame.
Work continued on the condenser service, manufacture of new rubber gaskets and cleaning of the tubeplates.  The majority of the tubes are now clear of silt etc, but a number are still blocked with scale and small stones.
A water test was carried out on the condenser and all appeared OK at the tube ends.
The gauge frames and 3 x water level cocks were cleaned and checked for operation and the waterways rodded through.  Work commenced on cleaning silt from the foundation ring, which will need more work before the ‘cold inspection’ on the 16/4 by Andrew Reen.
Bill was heard chipping away at rust and cleaning around the deck adjacent to the hold.
Frank has taken on the task of making up a new steam pipe for the whistle to replace the existing, which has cracked flanges and also to make a new spindle for the regulator valve.  The spindle currently fitted is showing considerable wear on the threaded portion.
The next working day is Saturday 19th April and work will carry on to complete the
condenser service  and fitting door joints etc to the boiler in anticipation of our first steam up.
Regards Tony      


Dates for your Diary

Sat 12 April

VIC Work Day
Preparing the boiler for inspection
Wed 16 April
Boiler Inspection by Andrew Reen
Thurs 17 April
Pick up life raft from Servitec
Sat 19 April

VIC Work Day
Re-rig the derrick, ongoing works to boiler
Tues 22 April

08.00 move VIC in preparation for loading 12 tonnes of coal, load and install Sissons generator and 12 man life raft
Sat 26 April
VIC Work Day
Sat 3 May
VIC Work Day
Sat 10 May
VIC Work Day
Sat 17 May
VIC Work Day
Tues 20 May

Move VIC onto car park wall to make room for DLS
Fri 23 to Mon 26 May
Visit from Dunkirk Little Ships
Sun 25 May to Mon 2 June
Ostend at Anchor
Sat 7 June
Medway Barge Match (Barking)
Sat 21 June
Whitstable Whistle Spectacular by the Zs
Fri 11 to Mon 14 July
Faversham Nautical Festival (Barking)
Fri 1 to Sun 3 August
Swale Match
Fri 15 to Mon 18 August Ipswich Maritime Festival
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