Tug update - August 20238 August 2023
🚨 TUG UPDATE 🚨
What's happening on the tug?
Our team turns up each and every Thursday to look after our old girl and keep her in tip top condition. Unfortunately, when maintaining a 116 year old ship, you get to the point where it needs major maintance, and we are at this point.
Our boiler tubes need to be replaced before we can sail again.
This means we will not be sailing in 2023/2024 😥
The last time our 240 tubes were replaced was in the early 1980's, of course prices have gone up a little since then!
The replacement of the tubes, along with installing an electric pre-heater, which will not only reduce coal use and carbon emissions, it will also lower the work load on our sailing team and help extend the life of the boiler itself, will cost around $300,000. This will form part of a larger $1,500,000 planned refit which will ensure our one of a kind piece of global marine history is operational for many more years to come.
How can you help?
We are always keen for new members who can help our team on Thursday painting, varnishing and replacing decking.
We are also looking for sponsorship, both big and small, every bit counts!
Thanks in advance for your support