Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Progress update

It's been some time since my last post on this blog because I have been unable to access my account! Readers may therefore be surprised to learn just how much has been happening.
The Drury MacPherson Partnership has been appointed to compile a conservation management plan covering the future of Peggy and of the Nautical Museum site. Paul Drury and his team have been hard at work on a comprehensive analysis and re-evaluation of the site and all related archive sources. They have turned up some astonishing facts about the buildings and the use to which they were put. We never knew, for example, that George Quayle's boat house extended, in the early part of the nineteenth century, over the dock in the form of a frigate deck (imagine that if you will!).
Meanwhile we have been writing a detailed brief for the archaeological excavation of the boat yard, a necessary precursor to the removal of the boat in 2014. We hope to have the dig completed early in the New Year. And we have also begun the search for a new building in which to put Peggy during the conservation phase, 2014-2019.
I shall try to post some of the laser metric survey drawings by James Brennan Associates.