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Alberta's Port Side Channel (derived from 'chain whale')

Cut from 80mm thick English cedar and extended more than normal to allow a sheaved bullseye to be bolted to the forward end for the jib sheet. The channel is edged with 6mm plate to take the knocks and scrapes and also covers the heads of the top bolts. Some of the chain plates have been re-positioned to pick up on a new frame inside as can be seen by the notch in the whale strake aft of the 80 x 12 mm steel chain plate. 31mm dia. holes in the tops of the chain plates allow the heads of 12mm shackles to pass through so that the pin can go through the chain which links the bottom deadeye to the chain plate. Alberta's jib sheet runs from the bullseye, inside the chains and through the midship port seen just above the mooring leg. Traditionally the jib sheet passes through a hole drilled in the bulwark strake but I didn't trust the strength of her old bulwarks to take the load! Grey topsides became fashionable during World War 1 when the paint could be 'liberated' from the shipyards. Now that gasworks have disappeared in the UK, so has coal tar which was a cheap by-product and used for painting the hull.