|My carrier is a very un-orthodox hybrid construction. I
inherited a 4"x4" timber and 1" ply waterline stage-prop that a dozen
sailors could walk about on as part of the RN recruiting programs over 25
years on the road. When I heard that it was going to be scrapped I asked
for it and they gave it to me. The nightmare began then! I've had it 10
years but that doesn't mean I've worked on it for ten years , only in
spring and autumn Lots to be done yet. It was incredibly top-heavy and
most of the topside has been replaced with lighter materials. I'm
currently installing floodable tanks for ballast (needs about a ton )
A drop keel and mechanism is nearly complete. It is powered by a 5hp
Mercury outboard in a well behind the aft hatch where I sit. It can take
another person in the front hatch as passenger. Like the old countryman
said when asked for directions " if'n ah was going there ah wouldn't have
started from here". But it was too good to be go to the dump.
Glad I did it now.
I'd be happy to correspond with anyone interested in these boats.
The Jpeg below shows my model of HMS Invincible being
towed by tugs on the Shropshire Union Canal in England.