IN AND AROUND
The volunteer team at Southampton's Steamship Shieldhall have had their application to the Cultural Assets Fund
approved. The Steamship Shieldhall Charity, which maintains the Shieldhall, will receive £196,415, which is 77% of the estimated total project costs, with additional
funding coming from the chatity's reserves and through member donations. The funding will enable a project to repair underwater hull damageto the steamship, which has occurred as a result of the
vessel being mothballed due to the pandemic.
The Chief Engineer said that the ship's hull had been damaged by excessive biofouling, in the form of barnacles and mussels, which had
formed because the ship was stationary for eighteen months between October 2019 and April 2021. Normally this biofouling would have been minimised by the self-polishing action of the anti-fouling
coating as the ship moved through the water. Because the ship has been laid-up, however, extensive accretion has compromised the hull's protective coating, exposing steel to seawater
The only remedy given this situation is to drydock the ship in spring 2022 in Falmouth, clean the hull, remove the remaining areas of
compromised coating, replace or repair corroded hull plates and apply a modern anti-fouling system. The award just awarded will help the volunteers to achieve this aim, and the renewal of the
passenger crtification ahead of the 2022 sailing season commencing on 28th May.