The restoration project is going to try and source as many original parts of the SCOT II as possible, they have been able to save some of her, but there is still a lot missing.
Her original funnel which will go back onto her after super structure in time.
The above photograph was taken by Zac when she had been stripped of most of her upper structure in a vain attempt at restoration, this attempt was made by her last owners but they appear to have just gave up, leaving the SCOT II in the state she was in before rescue by Dan Clarke and his father who had both been previous skippers of the vessel.
Prior to her being almost destroyed by her last owners in there attempt to change the use of the SCOT II, she had a real job done on her by British Waterways in the early 1990's and this was a disaster, and just goes to show what can happen when a major job is given over to amateurs, for whatever reason there really is no excuse for the way the job was done and for the eventual outcome of this attempt to turn the famous old ship into some kind of floating pub/restaurant. The photograph below shows just what I mean.
They really fixed her eh!
The SCOT II is now back at her berth on the Caledonian Canal for now before the real work of restoring her begins, and we have been told that British Waterways who are responsible for the running and upkeep of the canal, have allocated her a new berth which will be built just for her, should she be restored to her old self again.
On her trails in the Firth of Forth, after being launched by the Leith Shipyards of Henry Robb in 1931
SCOT II's original 8 cylinder Kelvin engine, which was fitted by Henry Robb Shipyards when she was converted from steam to diesel in 1960.
This engine is the one which will be restored and fitted back into her engine room.
SCOT II in her element just waiting on the next stage of her journey Dec 2010.
To be continued.