Late in 2021, the WBAC were approached by their landlords, Ports North, to see if we were interested in a collaborative restoration of some artwork that had deteriorated significantly and was in need of specialist care.  This turned out to be the cross-section interpretations of a wooden ship’s hull situated on the foreshore. All the timber needed replacing with good quality hardwood, suitably treated with preservative oil.

Inspection of the artwork revealed that this was what the club did well, hand -fitting odd- shaped bits of timber together. The conditions for the project to proceed were agreed by Port North and the club with a time frame to complete by mid- 2022.

To date (mid Jan 2022), the artwork has been delivered to the club and the members have removed all the timbers, exposing the steel work. This allowed an inspection for corrosion and subsequent removal to be sand blasted and painted.

With all materials now on-site, on their return the members will shape and fit the 128 separate timber blocks, each treated with a suitable oil.