UPDATE MAY 2020
Due to the Covid-19 lockdown no work is being carried out on Portwey at the moment. She is however being checked over at least once a week by a volunteer crew member.
While we are hopeful that the tail shafts and propellors can be refitted this year we recognise that due to the backlog of work at the shipyard it may not be possible until Spring 2021. This would possibly enable a short steaming programme in late Summer 2021.
We wish all our members and supporters continuing good health and look forward to welcoming you back aboard when the pandemic is over.
Portwey is now back at South Quay minus propellors and tail shafts.
The remedial work on the tail shafts and associated bearings and glands is taking much longer than anticipated. We do however expect them to be returned to us shortly.
The dry dock should be available for Portwey in late spring when the tail shafts and propellors will be refitted. The tug will then be towed back to her berth at South Quay. There will then need to be extensive testing of the re-installed equipment before steaming on the river can take place.
The hope is that Portwey can attend the Classic Boat Rally at St Katharine Docks in early September. Meanwhile a working party is aboard every Wednesday and most Saturdays.
PORTWEY DRY DOCKING NEWS (2 September 2019)
The following photographs show the dry docking progress during 2019 up to 2 September with brief descriptions.
Steam Experience Days
Book a whole day on Portwey and be part of the crew, as a Steam Experience volunteer on any of our steaming days.
Join a crew member in the engine room, boiler room or on the bridge of our unique Vessel.
In the engine room you will have the opportunity to lubricate all of the seven steam engines on board, respond to telegraph instruction from the bridge to change speed or direction of the vessel and support the crew on watch.
In the boiler room you will add coal to our twin furnace boiler as directed to maintain boiler pressure between 100 and 135 psi, keep the water level within working limits by using the GS pump to add water and de-ash the grates as required.
On the bridge you will be under the supervision of the skipper and will steer the ship to maintain a given course. Use the telegraph to communicate with the engine room to change speed or reverse the ship and assist in keeping a record of course and speed.
On deck, this is your opportunity to view the seascape, help the deck crew tidy away ropes etc. and maintain a tidy ship.
The day costs £250 pp including:
one years membership of the Steam Tug Portwey Trust
plus ploughmans lunch and refreshments.
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