Norma gets her refit

If you remember, a while ago I had an entry about Norma having one of her plough supports removed. Yesterday was the day for it to come back. I knew that I would miss the arrival of the rebuilt strut but I tried to get as much of the operation as I could.

Sorry about the  contrast but the apartment block shuts off a lot of the sun in the mornings. Here is Norma from the port side showing how the strut connects to the plough.IMG_3813

Here is the starboard side of Norma showing the distict lack of a strut connecting the plough to the boat.

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The crane arrived around 7am but nothing happened until around 12 o’clock. We got back from shopping to see it all on the go so I nipped to the water’s edge to get a close up.

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They already had the strut in place. You can see it here all nicely painted in a protective grey primer – as opposed to the old rusty colour of the plough. To show how technical it was, when I took the above picture one of the workmen was saying – “well, how about we…” which indicates an element of “make it up as you go” here.

As my friend Dan loves any photos of cranes I must show you the big picture.

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They finally got it all sorted and Norma moved back to her usual berth at Gasworks Quay. I took a couple of close ups to show when they were testing the plough operation. Here it is rising gently out of the water.

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This is the new bit at its junction to with the ploughIMG_3827

To finish, I took a shot of Norma at her berth but before I show the final image, I will repeat an image from a few days ago.

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Here, you can see a distinct lean to the plough. It now looks like this:

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Much better!

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