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Photo Gallery of the SS Northcote model

Framing from above.

Framing

Close-up of framing amidships.  The ship was lightly built, to minimize its weight, so was prone to hogging.  To prevent hogging there were three keelsons.  The center one will have a bulkhead which reached up to the deck beams.  The outer keelsons also had a bulkhead sitting on them as well as a system of beams and cables which lifted the portion of the hull under the engines and boilers and forced down the portions of the hull between the heavy equipment.  These beams and cables also took the weight of the paddle wheel at the stern.

Notice how the floor timbers were joined to the side timbers.  This was normal in these ships.

The blocks between the timbers are there to hold the frames in place until planking is installed.  The blocks will be removed.

Frames at bow.

Frames at stern.

 

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Interior of planked model

 

Exterior of planked hull

 

Treenails that replicate nails used to hold planking in place on original vessel.

Interior of hull coated with epoxy to make it water proof

 

Deck framing and RC controls

 

Motor and drive gear for paddle wheel

 

Deck framing

 

Deck framing

Boiler deck framing and start of planking.

 

Framing of cabin walls.

 

Cabin walls laying on deck and ready to fix in place.

 

Profile of superstructure.

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View from the bow showing the ladders between decks

 

Forward cabin wall, stacks coming through boiler deck and railings around ladders from main to boiler decks.

 

Texas deck and wheelhouse.

 

Wheelhouse and wheel.

 

View of forward part of the boat looking aft.

 

Boiler and stacks.

 

Side view if boilers.

 

Forward cabins and wheelhouse.

 

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Profile of completed model.  September 20, 2011.

 

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Bows showing cranes and capstans.  The poles hanging from the cranes would be lowered over the side and used to lift the bow off of a sandbar should the boat run up on one.

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Smoke stacks, their support cables and the whistle.

 

Boilers and stacks

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Forward cabins and wheelhouse.

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Aft cabins and paddle wheel.

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Underside of Boiler Deck.

 

Rudder shafts and tiller ropes.

Stern portion of the hull, the rudders and paddle wheel.

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High pressure steam line from the boilers, the throttle and from it, steam lines to the engines.  The smaller white lines carry exhaust steam from the engines to a fresh water heater then on to the port stack where the used steam is exhausted.  The black lines carry fresh water to the heater then on to the boilers.  Fresh water is pulled from a water well that opens into the river through an opening in the hull.  A steam driven pump moves the water from the well to the heater.

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View of the exposed deck showing the boilers, steam lines and engines.

 

The starboard engine.

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