Steam cleaning the engine room

All I can say here is I am so grateful that I didn’t have to do this. Imagine using a heavy heavy steamer and hose to squirt boiling steam in an enclosed space to remove eighty years of gunky diesel sludge. Yuck.

Some sterling work from team L&L and it is looking a lot cleaner. You wouldn’t exactly eat your dinner in there but I did venture down there in a white dress and came out pretty much muck free. I can still taste diesel though.

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The metal plates covering the bilges (? And can it even be plural) have been removed and most of the gunk cleared.

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All the water had to drain through this one tiny missing rivet hole.

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It also turns out, from the slightly barbecued underside to the deck, there was once a fire in the engine room.

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Setting a fireboat alight is a fail of epic proportions.

Despite the muck and grime inside, the view from the engine room looking out is great.

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Lurking in the bottom of the boat we found a seacock covered with a wooden bung. Another example of how amazing it is that this made it down the river…

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The final job was the blasting of the plates that make up the floor of the engine room. I know I keep banging on about this but isn’t Shotblasting amazing? From crappy cruddy rusty metal to really quite passable. Again, very tempting to zap all your possessions.

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The “before” exhibits are to the right.

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