GORCH FOCK 1 - STEPPING TOPGALLANTS & CROSSING ROYALS
Near the end of January we had a small team arrive in Stralsund, Germany to step both topgallant masts, as well as both royals of the first Gorch Fock.
Freezing conditions did not hamper the job: the museum ship had two new royal yards made, and everything fit into place well. The new yards were crossed with the aid of a crane.
GORCH FOCK DOWNRIG - ELSFLETHER WERFT
January saw the Gorch Fock have all her yards brought down, as well as her two topgallant masts. The project had some time - pressure, so the team had to work effeciently during the winter winds.
All spars were brought to the nearby hall in the shipyard to be stripped of footropes, stirrups, wire and chain sheets, turtle-blocks and sails. WIth the help of the German Navy this task was completed very quickly.
Despite the snow all went well, and we look forward to stepping masts and crossing yards in the warmer spring time.
Foto quelle: Frank Behling
BARQUENTINE MERCATOR DOWNRIG - OOSTENDE, BELGIUM
As of October, we completed a major down-rig of the Belgian ship Mercator in Oostende, Belgium. Although the weather did not always cop-operate, our team did a fantastic job and had everything down in a jiffy.
As the tall masts would not fit inside, the purpose of this down-rig is the be able to move the ship into an indoor dry dock to complete large scale hull works over the winter.
Thanks to the team for getting such a quick, neat job done!