On returning from the Christmas break the crew was able to admire Shamrock's new engine that had arrived in the boat shed.
Shamrock's Christmas Present
One Shiny Engine
Outline plans for its fitting have been drawn up and they are; Remove the starboard bunk, remove the ceiling planks from the area where the engine is to be fitted, remove the ceiling planks along the line of the shaft, and mark out where the stern gland is to be fitted. The intention then is to float Shamrock over to the slipway. At low water the frame and hull will be drilled out and then fit the stern gland. Once this is completed, line up the shaft, fit a P bracket, fit and secure the propeller. All this needs to be completed before the tide rises! Shamrock will then be floated back to her berth. The next stage is to measure up, fabricate and fit an engine bed before finally dropping the engine in place. Cooling water, exhaust and electrical systems will also need to be fitted before venturing out on the river. Shamrock will then finally be able to finally manoeuvre under her own engine power.