|Boat progress on 10th April 2012. Image courtesy of Canterbury Archaeological Trust. Yes that's me in the purple top.|
|Selection of replica bronze tools used on the boat. (Image CAT)|
So what is my role in this project? Well I've been going up on some of the open days to help give talks to the public. That in itself has been a bit of a learning curve as, if you haven't already guessed, I am a bit of a landlubber and come from a landlocked county (Herefordshire), and what I know about boats could be written on the head of a pin. But I am learning, and learning fast because one of my other duties is to organise the launch into Dover Harbour. Apparently it's not as simple as 'just chucking it in the water' and all sorts of permissions, risk assessments, insurance, and safety measures have to be established before hand. And the astute amongst you will notice the launch date is 2 weeks tomorrow! It'll be fine though. Everything is coming together nicely and I am learning the all important skill of delegating. The boat builders have been kind enough to let me help in some small ways but as yet they haven't let me have a go at wielding the axes(!). They have let me clean the moss (picking all the grubs and twigs out of the moss which is used to pack the bottom planks of the boat and keep it water tight) and paint linseed oil on the ends (to stop it drying out and cracking) so hopefully that will continue and I can contribute more to this fantastic boat.
I hope this makes sense. As the posts go on there will be more about this project but for now I'll leave you to digest this. If you want more information the leave a comment or follow the links.
...to be continued....