The Steam Tug Kerne Preservation Society
The engineering volunteers of the society took on the very difficult and time consuming task of replacing all 80 screwed stay tubes in Kerne’s Steam boiler (built in 1936) without using modern welding repair methods. The route of using traditional methods is not usually taken because of its difficulty, but the volunteers took on this challenge in order to keep these traditional skills alive and maintaining the authenticity of the vessel. Over 10,000 volunteer man hours over a three year period have been required to research, devise and complete the work to bring the riveted boiler back in good repair to enable Kerne to sail by steam again this year. The volunteers have been led by Chris Heyes, a founding member of the Preservation Society who is the vessel’s Chief Engineer.