Tuesday, 30 October 2012

A winter's day with Singapore

Apparently all last week while I was enjoying bright blue skies and crisp autumn sunshine highlighting the golden leaves in Sheffield, Jim, down in Newhaven, was being battered by heavy rain for the entire week. Friday morning, however, was noticeably colder, as I made my way south.

We'd decided that it would be nice to visit Singapore, Jim's Dunkirk Little Ship currently undergoing repairs at Walton on the Naze, and see how she's coming along. It was sunny when we left, but as we drove north and then east we encountered black skies and heavy rain. Jim was beginning to doubt the wisdom of proceeding, but as we reached Walton, we passed through the clouds and once again it was sunny and clear. And cold; god how perishingly, suddenly, cold. (Captain Ahab's post for today gives an idea of what the east coast was like at the weekend.)

Well, it was certainly bracing. At least Singapore is in a shed, out of the wind. At first glance, Singapore does not look very different from how she did eighteen months ago, but closer examination reveals that a lot of the wood is new

including new oak ribs



a new laminated breasthook, but it was too dark up in the forepeak to take a photo with the iPad, and of course I'd left the camera in Sheffield.



and ongoing caulking.



Funny looking grindings!

4 comments:

  1. I can't think which bit of Newhaven Jim was in to suffer heavy rain last week. We were there from Sunday to Friday and had fog but no rain (except for the driving to get there and back). Indeed, when the fog lifted on Wednesday 24th, we basked in warm sunshine in Brighton!

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  2. Well not exactly lashing down but ti rained or drizzled all day mot of the week but I do know that it was ok in Brighton as Brasso boy went to work during the week selling ice cream......hold on a minute he would go in a force 9 and a blizzard so that doesn't help.

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  3. I sold Singapore 2 in 2001/2. After an extensive refit at Frank Halls,we made the 2000 Dunkirk Return together. Interesting that she returned to Halls where she was built in,I think,1937,for more TLC. How is she now?The last known whereabouts of her sister ship Singapore,was Piraeus Greece.

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  4. I sold Singapore 2 in 2001/2. After an extensive refit at Frank Halls,we made the 2000 Dunkirk Return together. Interesting that she returned to Halls where she was built in,I think,1937,for more TLC. How is she now?The last known whereabouts of her sister ship Singapore,was Piraeus Greece.

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