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february newsletter ISSUE 57

Although the recent cold weather prevents normal maintenance on board, other tasks can be addressed. I'm pleased to say that we have no more leaks, and that the work in cleaning up since the flooding of the engine and boiler rooms has started. All three of the boiler furnaces have been pumped dry, and that...
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january newsletter ISSUE 56

We start the new year with mixed feelings about the long term future of the cervia. Since the leaks in the tug were discovered, teams of specialist engineers have worked tirelessly to stem the flow of water from several sections of the hull. so, as of today I'm pleased to report the concrete patch's have...
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december newsletter ISSUE 55

Just as we had finished putting up the lights for the annual Ramsgate harbour Christmas light show, the cervia sprang a leak in the engine room under the deck plates. At first it was only a small one and the bilge pumps were coping, however two hours later, the small hole became the size of...
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november newsletter ISSUE 54

I'm glad to report that this years programme to paint all the exterior has been completed, we now move on to the down below areas, which will mostly be the odd areas where rust has caused some flaking, particularly in the engine room. we plan to have the large air vent, port side above the...
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october newsletter ISSUE 53

The reunion on board was well attended and included tony Edwards who resides in the south of France. tony has written a book, Paid to live the dream, which chronicles his career on the tugs at Gravesend from the age of 15 and goes on to how he came to live in France. A good...
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september newsletter ISSUE 52

Last chance to enjoy a tour around cervia this weekend, and because its heritage weekend the Saturday will be FREE entry. were still able to continue the essential works of painting , minor repairs, brass work of course. the negotiations to keep the sound system on board are going well, but are reliant of an...
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august newsletter ISSUE 51

Well avoiding anything to do with the amazing weather, it has enabled the volunteers to crack on with the various tasks. we now boast of a completely new flying bridge structure which should last many years. Also we have two brand new bunker tops which looks 100 times better than the old rotted ones. further,...
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july newsletter ISSUE 50

First of all, apologies to all our followers for the temporary breakdown of our website due to server issues, but were back to normal now. I'm pleased to say that the new port and starboard navigation light surrounds are now in place. Also the new boarding for the flying bridge is taking shape and should...
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june newsletter ISSUE 49

A busy time of the year for the volunteers, we continue with our weekly chores, whilst pressing forward with new projects. Our new chippy has finished making the replacement port light surround and is about to start making the starboard one. The first of the two lots of composite board which will be used to...
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may newsletter ISSUE 48

During the winter months, high winds have shredded the canvass dodger on the flying bridge, so the time has come to replace it, and next week a local sailmaker will be coming on board to measure up for this costly item, but we have no choice other than leave it. the dodger was there to...
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