The rising of 69.M

On Saturday the 15th of November, 2014, the work party assembled in order to pull 69.M onto the shore, in church bay. Help arrived from all four corners of the country, and along with some ESB poles, two tractors, a JCB and a length of cable. The barge was pulled into position the evening before, so that in the morning, all we had to do was secure the cables around the back of the barge, place the tyres on the wire in place, and secure the cable to the back of the tractors. Colm had placed the ESB poles in place using the JCB a few days beforehand so by 10.00 we were ready to begin the lift. The barge rolled up nice and handy, with minimum dragging of the poles, and most of them rolling along as planned. By the time the boat was clear of the lake, she was sitting pretty on the poles all down along. The next issue we had was trying to balance her, so that she could be jacked up in place. Using the bucket of the JCB as a lever in a number of locations, Colm managed to straighten it up, and get the relevant rollers straight and level for the jacking to start. We had two Jumbo jet landing gear jacks, a 15t and 35t jack so weight wasn’t the issue, it was stopping the boat from rocking side to side when jacking at either end. This was easier at the back then at the front, due to the skeg, but everything was in place by 16.30 that evening. Myself and Colm did some more jacking to move the support timbers around a few days later, and then the boat was ready to begin welding the new 10×5 4mm plates onto the bilges.

The Jacking of the Stern begins, with the JCB in the background.
The Jacking of the Stern begins, with the JCB in the background.
69.M up and the lifting Jacks in place.
69.M up and the lifting Jacks in place.
The stern of 69.M after leaving the lake.
The stern of 69.M after leaving the lake.
Slight adjustments to the support timbers.
Slight adjustments to the support timbers.
The stern leaves the water.
The stern leaves the water.
69.M in her final resting place on the shore.
69.M in her final resting place on the shore.
The two tractors needed to pull the barge.
The two tractors needed to pull the barge.
Adjusting the trim with the JCB
Adjusting the trim with the JCB
Adjusting the trim with the JCB
Adjusting the trim with the JCB
69.M with her nose out of the lake
69.M with her nose out of the lake
The crew assembled just before lifting commences
The crew assembled just before lifting commences
JCB and Rollers in place, 69.M about to leave the lake, Gerry Burke in picture
JCB and Rollers in place, 69.M about to leave the lake, Gerry Burke in picture
JCB and Rollers in place, 69.M about to leave the lake, Gerry Burke in picture
JCB and Rollers in place, 69.M about to leave the lake, Gerry Burke in picture
69.M with her nose out of the water
69.M with her nose out of the water
JCB and Rollers in place, 69.M about to leave the lake.
JCB and Rollers in place, 69.M about to leave the lake.
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