Elsa II 12th January 2023:
After discovering the movement in the keel we made an initial repair of inserting 5 ft of oak into it, however we weren’t satisfied that this cured the problem so we opted for further further strengthening. We built stainless steel frames which were bolted through the garbard, planks and keel. We then build a steel keel shoe which was then bolted up into the frames and floors, using bronze keel bolts.
Elsa II 6th October 2022:
Elsa II is a fine example of a 32ft Thornycroft she was built in 1929 on the Thames and is a Dunkirk Little Ship, she has one of the oldest brass commemorative plaques awarded to the little ships. She was fully restored on the Thames in 2013 and has come to HMS for some routine maintenance, repairs and modifications. Although seagoing she spends most of her time locally on the river Waveney. Since arriving the team have been busy repairing the coachroof sides splining the cracks in the timber. They are now preparing to varnish.