Friday, 8 April 2011

The Beginnings of a Wheelhouse

Look what Pete has been up to!  In the last couple of days he has worked his socks off and we now have the real beginnings of a wheelhouse.  It looks extra good because we can really see the barge taking shape now.  Some people (who shall remain nameless!) have been very rude and called it the poop deck or veranda, but they will be eating their words by the end of the weekend.  Isn't this weather glorious, a proper bonus.  Shame my husband forces me to go out to work to earn a living, while he spends the day in the sunshine!

8 comments:

Powell River Books said...

Looking good. It has been a monumental project but you will feel great pride in a job well done. Poop deck my ass - couldn't resist that. - Margy

A Heron's View said...

Take no heed of how others describe your new wheelhouse and at least none are going to describe your boat as a floating gin palace :)

Ib Frohberg said...

Make it loock like an old bridge as on those
steamships sailed around the world ages ago.....

Sammi and Joe said...

looking good!!! I hope you are enjoying the lovely spring weather♥

Kellie Collis said...

It is looking great! Have a delightful day, Kellie xx

Fran said...

Thanks everyone, I will post some new pictures very soon as I think we will have a roof and sides by the end of the weekend (providing I keep Pete's nose to the grindstone only allowing him to stop for the ood bite to eat!)

Myrtle's missus said...

A year ago we bought an ex MOD barge from Southampton, and finally got her in here in January this year as a home for my daughter. She is called Redwood and is number 1013(S) What number is your barge? If you don't already know, there is there is a chap who lives near us who would be able to tell you where and when your barge was made.
I didn't know any of the ammunition barges had engines? I thought they were all dumb barges! Has it always had one, or did someone fit her out at some stage?
There are a couple of other MOD ammunition barges/houseboats on the estuary here, but, to the best of my knowledge, they don't have engines. Good luck with the building!
I have two little dogs on my boat (Myrtle) and one of them is called Bonnie, and we sometimes get a genuine poop deck :-(

Fran said...

Hi and welcome aboard Myrtle's Missus. I will have a look for Bonnie's no and let you know, although I do have some of the history of the barge. The engine (and rudder etc) was put in a few years ago by a film company who hired the barge for the film 'Young Adam' starring Ewan McGregor, unfortunately he didn't come with the barge! What estuary are you on? Like the bit about the poop deck, we have tried to get Alfie to go on the foredeck of the yacht so that when we are at anchorage we don't have to go ashore, but he just will not go, just crosses his legs! would love to hear more about Redwood.