A spruce-up for HMS Trincomalee
23 July 2012
One side of HMS Trincomalee has had all of its coating stripped off and a new lick of paint is on the way, to help her combat the Hartlepool weather.
HMS Trincomalee Trust general manager David McKnight said: "We need to paint the port side of the ship nearly twice as often as the starboard side because it encounteres more adverse weather."
Normally a ship such as Trincomalee would be turned every few months to "even out the impact of the weather," said Mr McKnight. But he added: "It is not so easy to do with having the dam board across the end of the dock. We paint one ship more often than the other side."
However, the team at Trincomalee are using the time of the bare-looking ship to good effect. Mr McKnight explained: "It gives us a chance to look at the seals between the planks of wood.
"We are stripping off the old paint, sanding the ship down and looking at the timber that the ship is built out of.
"It gives us an opportunity to put a resin glue into the cracks and fill them to keep the ship watertight."
This item was taken from the Hartlepool Mail, 23 July 2012.