Hull Under Construction
Looking a bit like the Hindenburg painted by seagulls, the hull is sporting its caulking.
As I mentioned previously, each of almost fifty plates were heated to near-melting temperatures to anneal them for forming into the proper shapes. Only one became a puddle on the floor!
Ah! A waterline with the waves drawn in!
There is a lot of stainless steel in this "all-aluminum" tug. The stern post, rudder support arm, propeller and the large structural member extending aft from the stern post are all composed of this material.
The partially-finished insides of the unpainted hull.
In this view, the bulwark supports and various brackets etc. were yet to be installed. The final inside surface is now covered with a light grey speckle finish. I found the result to be quite pleasing.
The "speckles" seen in the shot below are from overspray of the first coat of primer to the outside. A smaller foredeck, parallel to the waterline, sits atop this subdeck to support the riding bitt and windlass.
The prop shaft below was made from Naval brass and it turns in bronze bushings, which serve as the thrust block. Notice the grease nipple on the copper shaft tube and the stainless steel shaft coupling. Many of the plates in this view are actually backing plates, as in this area the hull plates are butt-joined instead of being lapped to better accomodate the rapidly-changing curves encountered. The keel girder is aluminum, drilled with lightening holes and capped on the bottom with a thick stainless steel strap.
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