The finished job, painted by our Deck crew and ready for the first raising of steam, but before that, the funnel cover is applied to keep the worst of the weather out of the funnel and air heaters.
This shows the detail of the funnel top and we have made a slight modification with the angled section at the top. This welded to the uptake, but not to the cowl and it is intended to allow differential expansion between the two and also, to reduce the amount of rain water that would be able to go down between the two. Previously, this was a U shaped section that had virtually corroded away.
This shows the funnel top, more or less complete, with the temporary lifting eyes to be removed and the various bits of debris consigned to the waste bin. The cowl area was cleaned and painted before the funnel cover was put on to allow us to clean the air heaters and starboard boiler.
This shows the renewed funnel uptake being installed on the ship. Great care was needed when installing this as it became very difficult due to the wash off other vessels passing the ship.
The only original part is the rust coloured section on one end. This is circular and will lie in a horizontal plane. The new uptake will alter shape to be oval at the top to match the opening in the cowl and also, will have a slight rake off the vertical.
Once installed in the funnel, it is unlikely that many people will see it again, as during the winter, the funnel cover will be on and not many people venture into the funnel through the door at the rear.
Not a flying saucer, but Shieldhall’s funnel cowl being lifted ashore. Probably the first time it had been off the funnel in nearly 60 years.
The Funnel of the ship has been scaffolded to enable a more thorough assessment of the cowl and uptake to be made.
A general view of the funnel top indicates that the cowl may be in better condition than first thought, but will have a detailed inspection once it has been removed back to Southampton Marine’s workshop.