Welcome back to #FixItFriday!
Rarely do we at Urban Commons post information about the Queen Mary where a reader does not respond with a comment (or comments!) that says, roughly, “what about the hull?” We agree that it’s a critical question and we are working very hard to provide the answer. As we’ve noted before in previous FixItFriday’s, though, regardless of what we may choose to post in this space, we have been focused on the hull every single day since we took over the ship in April, 2016. Upwards of 30 contractors toil away in the boiler rooms at all times removing rusted out steel, retrofitting the structures, waterproofing and coating the remaining surfaces or otherwise updating the materials located in that critical area of the ship.
However, what most people do not know is that there are no working drawings of the hull, the tank top or the girder system that provide the structural integrity for the ship. Those plans have, unfortunately, been lost to the passage of time. Accordingly, Urban Commons has had to undertake the costly and time-consuming process of x-ray-ing the entire ship to meticulously create “as-built” plans in order to appropriately determine how best to reinforce the hull and the girder system directly above. Local engineering firm, John A Martin & Associates, is spearheading the process and has spent hundreds of hours working on this very exacting project. Although not complete, the process has been illustrated by a video created by JAMA which we are posting today and will give you an idea of the complexity required and the work that has thus far been completed. Read more here: bit.ly/QMfixitfriday 🚢