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Admirals Barge

Restoration of a barge built from plans published in 1952

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Roger Clark15/06/2019 22:25:24
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Hi all,

I've created this thread to document the restoration of an Admirals Barge that I was given as a 'doer upper' by John Vynal. This is a continuation of the 'What boat is this?' as we now know what it is.

admirals barge.jpg

If anyone has photos of the full sized barge, colour if possible please post them here and if you have info about them as well that would be very helpful.

Thanks

Roger

Colin Bishop16/06/2019 13:07:37
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I have been away so unable to check this out until now.

It is a big boat, bigger than a Tyne class lifeboat for example.

There is an interesting photo here of one used as a picket boat:

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and a Forum on restoring one here:

**LINK**

Chatham Historic Dockyard has one:

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This one was apparently visiting Portsmouth:

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Brown Son & Ferguson have three sheets of detailed model making plans (possibly used to build your model):

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Should be enough to be getting on with for a bit!

Colin

Roger Clark16/06/2019 14:09:41
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Thanks Colin,

The barge is 45' long and these are the original plans used to build the model from 1952:

admirals barge - aug (3).jpg

The only 'major' difference being the wheelhouse/cockpit. Gives me a bit of a problem, do I change it re the photos or restore it as per the Model Maker plans?

Views would be welcome. smiley

Roger

Colin Bishop16/06/2019 16:16:23
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I suppose it depends. It appears that these vessels were completed for different tasks, some as picket boats whilst a few were outfitted as Admirals barges and carried aboard the KGV class battleships.

You can see one on this model:

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There is no right or wrong way to restore the model, only what you prefer to do. Personally I rather like the colour scheme shown on the vessel near HMS Warrior at Portsmouth. It looks very smart.

Colin

Edited By Colin Bishop on 16/06/2019 22:35:22

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