Pommern Right now
A lot of people are wondering what is happening with Pommern. Here you can follow the work and renovation progress.
The four mast bark Pommern has been moved to her temporary berth where we will temporary roof her to allow the removal and replacement of the main deck. Also the Jigger mast is undergoing a rehab and a completely new visitor experience is being planned. Since Pommern will be closed for visitors during the renovation period The Maritime Museum will let you follow the work progress through social media; here on our web site, on Instagram @alandssjofartsmuseum and on our Facebook page. So make sure not to miss anything - follow the Aland Maritime Museum!
The crew and our volunteers are working hard with the deck change onboard! Covering Pommern with greenhouse plastic has taken more time than we thought due to the weather but that doesn't stop the guys! We have removed the old deck planking and the deck bolts as far as the plastic cover allows. We have unloaded the removed deck planking through the hawsehole down a specialdesigned slide. Our boatswain is preparing sheep fat that we are going to use as protection against corrosion and water for our deck and bolts. Remember to take a peek at our Facebook page and Instagram where we upload photos and videos of the whole work progress.
We are continuing to work on covering Pommern with greenhouse plastic. One of our inventive museum technicians has constructed a hatchway for the temporary roof so we can get timber onboard. He is also constructing a door so the crew can enter Pommern. We have started to tap and break the deck bolts and you can find two videos of this procedure at our Facebook page and our Instagram. You will find the Facebook video under videos: Pluggarna flyger! We are also restoring the oil storage room and fo'c'sle, these tasks are parts of the ordinary maintainance work onboard.
Pommern was moved from her regular berth November, 29 2016. At our Facebook page you can see a film from the tow. You will find it under videos: Pommern flytt november 2016.
The Jigger mast was removed on December, 1 2016. Two cranes lifted the mast and now the Aland Government's workshop will restore the steel mast and the gaff while Pommern's own crew will work with rope, wire and crow's nest. The Jigger mast is in need of a thorough rehab and the last time a larger restoration was done to it was 1991-1992.
The crew is working on a temporary roof for Pommern. It is taking more time than usual to cover Pommern for the Winter since we are covering the whole weather deck, usually we only cover the forecastle and the poop deck. But this time we are covering the entire weather deck so we can work with the main deck not having to consider weather changes. At the moment we are waiting for a calm day weatherwise, so we can cover the wooden framing with greenhouse plastic - our volunteers are our greatest assets and we are lucky to have such a dedicated group of hardworking men and women!
So stay updated on the latest news of Pommern and the Aland Maritime museum!
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