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vnkiwi

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Barcley Curle & Co - ps/ss AVON 1859
« on: May 21, 2012, 06:55:03 AM »

Hi Everyone,
After more than a year away from modelling and drawing, due to work and family commitments, I am now trying to catch up on a backlog of drawing. I have completed the lines for the ps Avon, the first paddle steamer upon the Waikato River, in New Zealand.
built of iron by Barclay Curle & Company Glasgow, Yard No 72 in 1859, shipped to Lyttelton NZ in parts and reassembled 1860. Tonnage: 42grt 27nrt - Length: 58.2ft - Breadth: 15.4ft. Propulsion: steam 30nhp - diagonal
History
11/1862 taken up as gunboat in Waikato War
1866 used as coal hulk
1868 rebuilt by Robert Gibbons at Manukau
1872 altered to screw and reengined 20nhp
30/9/1886 wrecked Croizelles Harbour, Blind Bay NZ
Owner History:
??, New Zealand
1862 New Zealand Government
1868 J & E Ellis, Auckland
1869 Joseph Banks
1871 F Banks, Lyttelton
1878 JohnDuthie & J P Watt
1882 Edward Broughton, Wanganui
1883 H Lewis & E Broughton, Nelson
1883 E A Robinson

HELP REQUIRED
Any and all information on what type and style of engines and boilers, paddles and shaft decoupling that was used by Barcley Curle & Co around that period. Say 1855 to 1865, or there abouts.
Have the lines from NMM Greenwich, and various sketches and descriptions by associated people from its time on the Waikato, also some survey records.
Id like to include the internals on my drawings, and any assistance for any period of its life would be most appreciated.
Probably have enough to get the external appearance correct, but any extra information most welcome.
Thanks in anticipation
vnkiwi
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Re: Barcley Curle & Co - ps/ss AVON 1859
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2012, 09:29:15 PM »

vnkiwi,
There isn't a lot of info on what you are asking for, however when the yards on the Clyde closed some of them donated all of their plans to
The Mitchell Library in Glasgow as did the Loco works at Springburn and Polmadie.
The library has the finest reference section in Europe, poss the world, on vessels built on the Clyde and all things on  heavy engineering that Glasgow was famous for, alas no more.
Here is the link

( http://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/libraries/the-mitchell-library/collections/Pages/home.aspx  )

You can have a browse thro' this and possibly contact them, they have a great reference section on boats but I think it would be a situation that you would have to visit.

Hope this is of help.

George.
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Re: Barcley Curle & Co - ps/ss AVON 1859
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2012, 11:49:25 PM »

Hi,
You could always ask the question on Paddle Ducks!
My limited knowledge / suggestion  that the Mitchell library or the Langmuir collection would be the best place to start.
Regards paddle wheel design well you only have to ask....
Regards,
Kim
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Re: Barcley Curle & Co - ps/ss AVON 1859
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2012, 12:12:05 AM »

Hi George,
Thanks for that and will have a look at the link when I get home from work, and follow it up.
A bit far to walk to attend in person though as I live in NZ at present.
Hi Kim,
This same question was asked on paddleducks a few days before copy and pasting on mayhem, with no replies, but sure there will be some forthcoming
Will post some pictures tonight
thanks guys
kiwi
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« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2012, 12:34:07 AM »

Hi Kim,
This same question was asked on paddleducks a few days before copy and pasting on mayhem, with no replies, but sure there will be some forthcoming
Will post some pictures tonight
thanks guys
kiwi

Blimey, you are an administrator.... Didn't pick up on that..... glad i'm out of administration!

Patience .... you know we don't move quickly!
Kim
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« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2012, 12:43:54 AM »

Hi Kim,
Patience is no problem - I'm sure some information will come to light.
Just sometimes wish we down here had walkin access to the resorces that you in the UK have.
Just not the same sense of preserving history down here, mores the pity.
And thanks for your help and suggestions, will follow them up tonight
regards
kiwi
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« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2012, 12:47:45 AM »

Kiwi,
You know the importance of keeping up to speed with things as an administrator on a web site but bear in mind it is a two way process and you and me have locked horns on this before!
Regards,
Kim
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