This is a pictorial record of the building of the new slipway, much talked about, but finally a design was agreed on and the costs accepted.
There are far too many photos to show them all on one page, so they have been spread across several.
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The first major action was the unloading of a large 360° excavator on the 19th of March 2011. This was used to pre-dredge the area round the slip and to load several tonnes of hardcore into it to sit the even larger excavator that was to install the piles that would be the coffer dam. In this area all the rest of the work was to be done, in the dry, after the water inside the dam was pumped out.
Unfortunately, as with most projects, things didn't go to plan, we had some leaks that took all of 6 weeks to track down and seal.
Prior to the arrival of the big digger, several weeks were spent in fabricating the steel frames, the largest of which weighed 1.8 tonnes, and the smallest about a tonne. A lot of unseen time and effort went into the procuring of the steel and into the cutting and welding of the 6 frames.
21.4.11. The next step was the arrival, on the 21st of April, of the piling machine, with it's clamping and vibrating head. All the piles we had were laid out, using our own digger, in the order they would be picked up by the piling machine and sunk into the mud of the canal. It picked each pile up by grasping it near the middle and located it, then vibrated it down to depth. We didn't have enough piles for the job so the piling company brought their own too.