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Recent Decking Work on the Queen Mary


                                        May 15, 2011
                                     last updated June 26, 2011


In recent weeks I've seen work done on the teak decking on the forward enclosed promenade deck - starboard side.  Here are some photos I've taken of this work as it has progressed.

  
The deck in early April of 2011 as work begins.



Holes were drilled through the teak timbers where the boards were raised in order to anchor them to the deck.




The holes were then filled with teak plugs after anchoring was completed and the boards were sanded smooth.










Original brass fittings are retained and sanded down with the boards.

 

As of Sunday, May 8, 2011.   The chaulking between boards has yet to be applied.


       Looking forward Friday, May 27, 2011.


           The chaulking in progress June 13, 2011






            June 17, 2011 - the teak decks sanded smooth.




June 24, 2011 after being stained and rubbed down with acetone, a solvent.  This apparently was used to remove the top coat that was not drying properly, perhaps because of the humidity.





I was told that the decks are being stained so that dirt will be less visible and thus reduce maintenance.  



       Sunday, June 26, 2011

 

 
   

Cracked windows do not appear to be on the repair schedule as of yet.  And the marine bronze window frames and the mahogany waincotting, that were both painted after World War 2,  are being left as is, as are the scuppers and drains. 


Note:  In 1995, I had one of the marine bronze window frames from the portside that had been removed by operations in the late 1980's studied and restored by Mr. Robin Jacobs of Fog Bank Industrial Arts of Sacramento.  Here are two photographs of the restored window frame and an explanation of the work he  completed from a  email to me.  The restored frame was left in the care of the head of the Queen Mary Engineering Department.






"The window frames were originally manufactured by Thomas Utley of Rain Hill and supplied by Carron Co. of Falkirk, varying in size from 22" x 39" to 26" x 39".  The frames and quadrant were cast from Admiralty bronze while the rack and pinion, guides and working parts were cast and machined from Phosphor bronze.

The particular frame we restored had suffered the most damage out of all the windows we looked at, being bent and distorted a good 3" out of plumb, due mainly to the method in which it was removed. Both bronzed geared racks on both sides of the frames, were also damaged beyond use, requiring the re-machining of all new teeth, as well as the re-drilling and tapping of all the holes around the quadrant. Before straightening could take place we sand blasted the entire frame to remove all paint, dirt and glazing putty.

Once this was done we heated  sections of the frame in a gas-fired forge and straightened the bent portions using a 50 ton-hydraulic press brake. After all the metal work was completed, the out board face of the frame was repainted white, while the bezel around the quadrant was re-polished and a new Teak wood sill with a leather seal was reproduced.

An interesting note: During sand blasting of the frame, it was discovered that the finish on the bezel had originally been polished bronze, perhaps to match the ship's sidelights and scuttles."
 

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