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Stoke Bruerne, Northamptonshire

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Sculptor returns to Stoke Bruerne after maintenance work is completed

Kathryn Dodington reports...

Sculptor returned to Stoke Bruerne on 2nd November after almost a month away undergoing a considerable amount of maintenance financed by jointly by The Friends and The Canal and River Trust. In early October Sculptor was pressure washed in the Braunston dry dock to remove the last two years worth of weed and muck that has accumulated. She was then inspected to ascertain her overall condition; and although the report has not yet been submitted we understand she is in very good all round order which is in no small way due The Friends over previous years. After inspection Sculptor was blacked and some of the below-water paint was touched up.

Once refloated Sculptor was moved to the wet dock where her roof was stripped back to bare metal and repainted with the top coat being the traditional Raddle Red satin finish. It does look so much better than it was and should protect that part of her for quite some time. All that work was paid for by The Canal & River Trust.

Sculptor was then taken to the old Concoform Marine base at Weedon where Jim Birch of Oakcraft Narrowboats undertook the following work which was paid for by by The Friends:

  • Purchase of new Epping stove - £700
  • Fitting of the new Epping stove, new chimney collar (bought by Canal & River Trust), and new mid-pipe (pipe between stove and chimney collar) and manufacture of a blanking top for the chimney collar to prevent water ingress - £430
  • Manufacture of a new cabin slide and slide guides to Yarwood's specifications and painting in correct Mason's Midnight Blue - £480

    • The budget allocated by the Friends was £2,000; we have spent £1,610 - are we there yet - not quite - ash strips are being made which we will fit in the spring but the cost for those will be well within any allocated budget. We wish to thank you, our members and supporters, for generously supporting us and making it possible for the work to be undertaken.

      We are planning to cloth Sculptor up shortly (new cloths paid for by The Friends recently) in readiness for the winter in order we can keep the wet and the fallen leaves out of the hold.

Sculptor cheque presentation 2016 (WATERWAY IMAGES

[L to R] Tim Coghlan, Braunston Marina; John Bannister, Sculptor Team; Les Etheridge, IWA Chairman and Rob Westlake, Sculptor Team
photo: Harry Arnold, Waterway Images

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