|Original Cochran boiler Crown. Boiler No XT 11130 made in 1943|
The boiler has been removed to Cochran’s of Annan, the original manufacturers. After examination, it was condemned – but is being used as a template for a new, more efficient coal-burning boiler. Its original description was a vent cross tube boiler with a working pressure of 120 psi.
|VIC 27’s original boiler is removed to lighten the vessel before she was slipped. It was then sent to the original boiler makers, now Cochran UK, to facilitate making a replacement.|
|Original Boiler number: Cochran No XT 11130, year 1943|
|New boiler under construction at Cochran UK in Dumfries and Galloway|
|Above left: Top and Bottom fire tube ends Above right: Lower fire tube end and fire box
Below left: Shell casing end on Below right: Shell casing on its side
Boiler ready for collection at Cochrans.
The new boiler arrives at Crinan Boatyard.
There is now rather less empty space in the Engine Room:
Add a roof:
Pop on a funnel:
And now she looks much more like a puffer!
Artist in Residence, Nick Walker (Captain of Crinan’s other puffer – the VIC32) captures the spirit of the occasion.
The fire grate templates were generously donated by a gentleman from the East Coast and new grates were cast by Charles Laing & Sons Ltd of Edinburgh.