Hi Gordon / Lads
nice to have you here and have your input. Yes the superstructure is welded Steel and painted Aluminium.
Re plans - I have some post build, I have those for the original Yerba Buena hull, and I am aware of thechanges made to the hull post the fire and during the Kalakala build. I have a wealth of information on her. Probably the most outside of the Kalakala org - unless you know better (I would be very pleased to find another fan). One detail I sady lack is the exact type of lifeboat she carried. I do have some poor pictures and a description from an employee on her. Tap room images have proved illusive too.
Bill Bailey, who was deck hand when Kalakala was both in Seattle and Port Angles said Life boats were larger than the Steel Electrics. They had eight oarsman and one was the Steering Oarman. There were two boats and the Oars were kept in them. The first mate was incharge of getting the boats ready.
Sadly I heard Bill died earlier this year following a fire ......... just in memory of him .....
When Kalakala was up at Port Angles they would move the cars around with tranmission jacks due to fact the the cars would unload out of the side door. They would line them up in semi circle in the front bow. He and crew member lost a 80 foot hose on the Kalakala when they try to wash the deck near the Ladies Powder room. Bill tried to pass the hose from top deck down through an open window hole on the rear. He felt like his friend had the hose below and let it go. All 80 feet of new hose went off the tail end. He had to report to Captain in Cafteria that they just lost his new hose
Ok my current problem is that I can't used autocad or the other thing- Delftship?. Now a truly very nice chap offered to, and made a good start on, plans for frames. He wasn't able to complete them at the time (but I hope maybe he will in the future) and so I simply delayed the project and started others. I will return to the Kalakala when my X-Bow is finished - I have invested too much time in her to let her go. She is the one vessel I wish to get perfect - I am sure Neil will understand my little obsession.
She remains a subject of much controversy and has recently been moved I hear - no new images of her berth just yet.
Gordon - please feel free to post just anything you wish here - even if it is just stories and incidents it will all be gladly recieved
Regards Dave ....... time for bed