Work has been continuing on KC’s major rebuild with Phase 1 steelwork and underwater work already completed. Here are a few pictures to show you what has been happening.
I have been very impressed by the quality of work which is being done by the team at Dartmouth led by Engineering Director Paul Merrington and Shipyard Manager Richard James. We have a naval architect advising on the project and all work is approved by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).
With all the steelwork and underwater work now completed there is nonetheless still a lot to do to put KC back together again in time for the 2023 season. This will be done alongside the quay freeing up the covered slipway for the annual winter maintenance for each of the other vessel’s in the Dart fleet. KC will go up the slipway again in late March for final painting in readiness for the 2023 season.
By the time KC goes back into service all of the work will have been completed from the boiler room to the stern and much of the structural and steelwork from the engine room to the bow including hull re-plating as necessary, and renewal of the keelson, bulkheads, stringers and frames. The cost of all this is expected to come in at around half a million pounds.
That leaves the steelwork from below the portholes to the deck forward both sides and the deck itself to the bow for the winter 2023/24. This work is expected to cost in the region of a further £200K. After that there is any remaining work on the centre section of the ship for the following winter. This is estimated to come in at a further £200K.
Kingswear Castle returned to service in 2023 after the first part of a major rebuild which is designed to set her up for the next 25 years running on the River Dart. The Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle Trust is now fund raising for the second phase of the rebuild. You can read more about the rebuilds and how you can help if you can here.