RML 526

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sandybc
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RML 526

Postby sandybc » Mon Dec 03, 2012 5:31 pm

To all those interested I would like to announce that RML 526 ( previously known as Western lady IV) is very alive and advanced in her restoration project. Much work has been completed to save her from that all too familiar graveyard for historic boats.
We are working towards reinstating her original launch profile including armaments (demilitarised !) I attach a reasonably recent photo.
I am new to this forum and would like to hear from anybody who has any connection with her, in particular from veterans who served or families with any history of relatives with connections.
Wait to hear
Sandybc
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johnk
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Re: RML 526

Postby johnk » Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:22 am

Hi there,

Just joined this forum, great picture of 526, quite a re-build job but looking good, have also checked the post on the main BMPT site, believe you plan? to go to Portsmouth, hope to catch her there or perhaps sooner if I get the chance, you are in Rye?, what is the long term plan, appreciate busy with the vessel, but see the web-site is not quite fully live yet.

Johnk

sandybc
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Re: RML 526

Postby sandybc » Tue Dec 04, 2012 6:18 pm

Hello Johnk, thank you for your reply. Yes - 526 is moored in Rye & Yes - she was quite a re-build. Quite a challenge at times but very rewarding. She is locally known as the 'Big Boat that goes up & down" due to the tides. Sometimes on very high tides she looks enormous! I am working on the website and will be adding lots of images of the restoration and announcing the future plans for her - which are very exciting - I won't divulge to you now, because I have prepared a layout for the site.
During the summer months we had several hundreds of visitors. I had information boards put out along the Quay side. Whenever possible and if I was personally on board I did give tours. If you do get a chance to be in Rye, please let me know I could arrange to meet you and show you around.
Could you tell me - what is your interest ? for example do you have naval background or ???? I'm always interested to know.
Sandybc

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Re: RML 526

Postby johnk » Thu Dec 06, 2012 2:03 pm

Hi Sandybc,

Great to hear how things are going with RML 526, great to hear you had so many visitors, look forward to the new web-site and future plans, will revert with a personal reply so as to not to clutter the site, but again, I would like to say well done on saving this historic craft, you join a select few including MTB102, HDML Medusa, the MGB81 and of course The Fairmile at torquay, number escapes me, going strong with a passenger ticket still. All the best,

johnk

tony
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Re: RML 526

Postby tony » Thu Feb 21, 2013 12:55 pm

hi sandy you asked for any one that had a attachment to her Well im tony the former owner of her its so good to see you are taking her back to as close as original as possible sorry we didn't get the chance to meet when you purchased her but due to my heath at the time it wasn't possible But im glad to say im back to full health now. as her previous master i know her from bow stem to astern if you wish to contact me please leave a post and ill be glad to replie also if you need a master for her on future voyages it would be good to take her to sea again many thanks tony

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Re: RML 526

Postby johnk » Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:47 pm

Hi Tony,

Great to hear from you, and of course that you are back to good health.....appreciate perhaps Sandy you have been busy, but be great to hear of any further progress....all the best,

Johnk

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Re: RML 526

Postby tony » Thu Feb 21, 2013 7:07 pm

thanks john keen to to talk to sandy on the progress rml526 maybe have lots of advice for them especially on the subject of handling her

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Re: RML 526

Postby johnk » Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:04 am

Hi Tony,

Great to hear from you and glad you are better now, indeed as per, sure you have much good advice to give on her, all the best.

Johnk

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Re: RML 526

Postby tony » Tue Feb 26, 2013 7:51 pm

hi john

thanks for the warm words haven't as yet spoken with sandy very keen to see rml52 again !

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Re: RML 526

Postby tony » Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:02 pm

Hi sandy
just wondering how far you are going with her restoration ,from what i have seen and read you have replaced her major worn timbers , i was wondering how you addressed the problem of her de-laminating frames below the engine room aft of the starboard engine bed below what would have been her asdec generator bed ?.also do you intend to replace the deck aft of the funnel to what would have been a raised deck . very keen to chat with you . tony

sandybc
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Re: RML 526

Postby sandybc » Wed Feb 27, 2013 5:36 pm

Dear Tony, Thank you for continuing your interest with 526 I did not know of your ill health but am glad you report you are well. Suffice to say is that extensive work has been done on her and I think it would be easier if you look at the website in the next few weeks because I have somebody working on it (with my input) and this will give much information including some rather horrific photos - so brace yourself! I think the visuals will tell you all you need to know rather than me writing up a detailed report which I do not have time to do.
For the moment she is closed up for the winter and preparations are being made for Phase 2 of the works which will be re-instatement below deck. We have a top team of Naval Architects, shipwrights/carpenters, Engineers and a gang of ex R.N personnel.
Much work is always going on behind the scene - I am working on archiving and producing a 'pop-up' exhibition and interviewing veterans and or their families - I have some presentations planned.
At this stage if you have any stories relating to 526 these would be very useful to have or indeed any other archive material.
526 has a very bright and exciting future ahead of her and as the progress evolves I will keep you posted ( or the website will)
Sandy

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Re: RML 526

Postby tony » Wed Feb 27, 2013 8:55 pm

thank you sandy for the update . so pleased you are able to take her back to bare bones and sort all her problems out .please keep the updates coming . LET ME KNOW WHEN A VISIT WILL BE POSSIBLE

TONY ( m.r.i.n ) S.R.R rtd.

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Re: RML 526

Postby tony » Wed Feb 27, 2013 9:42 pm

sandy i prob have a lot of info for you and more so how her original design differs from other mls i also have her original blue print ! my email ........RML526@LIVE.COM tony

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Re: RML 526

Postby johnk » Sun Mar 03, 2013 11:55 am

Hi Tony and Sandy,

Great to read lastest, got slightly? round the wrong way but as per BMPT forum, logged onto the site and see great updates, as you say, with photos, the first member of ship's company report etc...., contact button was not working for me ex work, wanted to mention in case any one was trying to get through. Noted closed up for the moment, so as with Tony, will if you don't mind, keep in touch to see when OK to visit. You have a great team on board I think, the works to the ship look great, and look forward to seeing her underway in due course.

Johnk

sandybc
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Re: RML 526

Postby sandybc » Sun Mar 03, 2013 4:46 pm

John, thank you for your comments. Glad you found the website. As you can see it is under construction at the moment so there will be some changes. I have more information to add. The email link is not yet set up so this does not work. I am hoping by the end of the week that it will be more advanced.
I am planning some 'open days', where I shall have a small exhibit alongside with information boards. I have been loaned from the national museum of the Royal Navy and Coastal Forces some models of Fairmile classes which I will have on display plus other memorabilia - I will let you have dates once I have decided what I can do. Time and health do not always permit me to do the things when I would like.
If you discover any information linked to 526 I would be happy to receive.
Sandy


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