Things have gone ominously quiet here. Turns out that lifting a boat out of the water isn’t anywhere as easy as I had hoped. You don’t just hoik it out and there are no quick fixes.
I seem to have the crane and tides fixed, and a wharf to lift it out on. The problem is now with the lorry that it will then be put upon. If the boat is as big and heavy as suggested, it won’t be able to carry it and there will be a big mess of squished lorry and boat. While I stand there in my hard hat with my bottle of champers looking like right plum.
This leads on to some careful calculations which were completed – literally, see above – on the back on an envelope in order to work out how much exactly Betty weights.
She is stamped on the engine room with 25.75 tonnes gross weight (thanks Neil for pointing this out). But the London Fire Brigade Museum suggest that is the weight with the two original engines which would have weighed 3 tonnes. They have been replaced by a Gardiner engine which is 3.5 tonnes bringing it up to 26.25 tonnes. On top of this there is the weird conservatory-shack structure which is guestimated to come in at around 2 tonnes…. so 28.25 tonnes total. This is probably a generous estimation as a lot of the other bells and whistles have been removed.
At about the weight of seven adult elephants, Betty’s not light…