Restoration

 

The restoration of Massey Shaw commenced in October 2008 after the Heritage Lottery Fund had confirmed our grant application. Permission to start the project was given in November 2008 and took just over 4 years to complete, with Massey being brought back to London in November 2014.

2009 – 2010

2009

January – Restoration commences

February/March – Protective covers built to enable restoration to commence in all weather conditions at South Dock Marina, Southwark.

April – Volunteers assist with removal of deck fittings and other items for storage

May – Engines dismantled under the instruction of Society engineer.

2010

January – Decking removed throughout the vessel and catalogued ready to be reused where possible

July – Starboard engine removed

October – Appointment of Technical Project Manager (Chris Jones)

2011 – 2012

2011

February – Steel plating at stern and portside removed. New plates cut ready for riveting.

March – New tendering agreement confirmed with T.Nielsons in Gloucester. Massey transported to Gloucester dock via low loader.

April – Work commences on riveting and replacement of hull plates.

July – Internal fitting removed for restoration and to allow access for riveting.

2012

January – Massey is moved out of main work shed to allow better access

February – Engines removed from Massey to be sent to Gardner Marine, Canterbury to be rebuilt and tested.

July – Painting of the hull after completion of steel work on the hull.

October – Decking completed and corked ready for deck fitting to be installed

November – Volunteer training continues to prepare for the return of the boat.

2013 – 2014

2013

January – Restoration commences.

February/March – Protective covers built to enable restoration to commence in all weather conditions at South Dock Marina, Southwark.

April – Volunteers assist with removal of deck fittings and other items for storage.

May – Engines dismantled under the instruction of Society engineer.

2014

January – Massey Shaw attends the London Boat Show at the Excel Centre as part of the historic ships display.

February – Volunteer maintenance and training programs begin to prepare for up coming events.

March – Program of tours and public open days commence

July – Volunteers attend Community event at the Westminster Boating Base to raise profile of the project.