Painting the fo’c’sle is a foul and asphyxiating job so a break for a slice of watermelon was well deserved!
All compartments have now been painted and work is already underway to make and install the grating and ballast.
“Work is ceaseless on board. The crew are now cleaning the hold and preparing it for the ballast (some 1000+ bags of sand). Meanwhile I have been in Lima working with Ellie Zuniga and Yasmine Martin who are the active core of the Asociacion´s Board. We´ve attended various meetings related to both the ship and the trek. (the latter with thanks to Alfredo Ferreyros of Explorandes),
All very positive and all in temperatures of 30 centigrade!
“Today we heard that the committee of the Anglo-Peruvian Society has made a most generous contribution to our cause…….and the wood arrived!
First, great thanks to the APS committee who invests so much time raising funds for Peruvian causes. We are so grateful to be one of them. Muchisimas gracias!
The wood, aguano, arrived straight from the Peruvian rainforest. 173 planks 10″x7″ for the deck below and 160 battons for the ballast grating.
All the planks weighing 20ks each, and newly cut, were manhandled from the truck onto the quay, then individually stowed in the aft hold to dry. The strength and endurance of the crew, Maximo, Antonia, Teo, Alex and Edwin working in the hot sun was truly astonishing.
Maritime Training Academy
Maritime Training Academy has signed up to sponsor one of the young trekkers for the Yavari Peru Expedition. The Operations Director Christine Biddle said “What better way do we have of giving back to the community than by giving young people the chance of a life changing experience. We wish the sixteen young people the very best for the arduous experience ahead and will follow their progress with great interest”.
Maritime Services International
Maritime Services International has assisted the Yavari Association on more than one occasion and is proud to continue that association by sponsoring some of the work taking place to bring the ship back into service. Managing Director Ian Biles said “Opportunities to work on such a historic ship in such and incredible location are rare. It has been my pleasure to work alongside the Yavari Association, Project Director Meriel Larken, Captain Carlos Saavedra and the crew of the ship on her journey to becoming a passenger ship on Lake Titicaca.
“While work continues on the Yavari in Peru, in West Ham, East London, the 16 young Hammers are busy organising their fund raising events and were thrilled to receive a very generous donation from the Premier League towards their Peru Expedition. Great thanks to the Premier League for their support and encouragement.
Very warm thanks too to Iberia for their invaluable contribution to the young Hammers’ travel expenses. So much appreciated. Muchisimas gracias!
We have just received a most generous donation from Michael Palin. He knows the Yavari well from his visit in 1996 when filming BBC’s “Full Circle” so he has seen our need! Thank you so much Michael. So much appreciated.
On the Yavari we said “goodbye” to our naval architect, Ian Biles who had dedicated two weeks to assessing and instructing Captain Carlos, Maximo and crew on the work to be done. We owe him huge thanks for making the impossible possible. He left us with a comprehensive job list which we are following when not diverted by the weather. It is the rainy season. Rain is one thing but the hail is ferocious and penetrates the ship where rain does not. Unfortunately urgent repairs have had to take precedence over Ian’s job list.
The weather also seriously affected this year’s Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria.
Puno is the folklore capital of Peru and this Fiesta de la Candelaria has been recognized by UNESCO so dancers and their musicians come from all over the Puno region and beyond and spectators come in their thousands.
On the first Sunday in February, 116 groups of 300-400 dancers, each group representing a community, come to display their traditional dances and dress – and compete with one another, the music being provided by panpipes, flutes and drums.
On the second Monday, the tribute to the Virgin comes from 89 groups of 800-1000 dancers and bandsmen playing trumpets and tubas introduced by the Spanish. In a procession known as “Trajes de Luces” (Costumes of Lights), the performers express, in their dances and elaborately psychodelic costumes, a parody of the Spanish Conquest.
Some 60-70,000 Archangel Michaels, African slaves, Spanish overlords, demons and devils and their accompanying womenfolk dance through the streets to the music of their brass bands.
This year the procession started in sunshine but was suddenly attacked by a storm of hailstones as fierce as ice-cubes followed by a very thorough rain storm. The spectators disappeared under umbrellas and plastic sheets and in time all but the diehards disappeared altogether. Notwithstanding re dancers…………………..until dawn the next day.
Not surprisingly our welder did not show for work in the morning!
Until next update.
The Yavari is currently tied up in Puno Port, thanks to Ferrocarril Transandino S.A., alongside her sister ship, BAP Puno (formerly the Yapura) and ahead of the SS Olleanta.
Welders are hard at work cutting to size and installing two steel bulkheads in the hold. Because welding steel to a riveted iron hull is extremely difficult and would damage the fabric of the original iron we are extremely grateful to Naval Architect Ian Biles for coming out from the UK to assist with designing a method of connection that does not involve direct welding to the hull.
Meanwhile the hold is being measured, cleaned and prepared for the bilges to be lined with gratings before the ballast of sand in bag is replaced. Preparations are also being made to install a new wooden deck and access ladders.
It was a pleasure to welcome the Puno Port Captain Cmdte Juan Jose Gonzales aboard for his first inspection.
More to follow as we progress.
The Awareness Day or UK1, as it is known by the Expedition organisers, Wilderness Expertise, took place at West Ham United Foundation’s home at Becton, London E6 on 7th January 2015.
It was the first opportunity for the Expedition leader, Angie White, to meet the young trekkers of West Ham and vice versa. It was a day of getting to know each other and for Angie to introduce to the team members the outline, and in some cases, the detail of what to expect of Peru, of camping, the equipment they would need and about the climate and trekking at high altitude.
Lists of responsibilities were drawn up, like cooking, shopping, equipment security, navigation etc. and individuals appointed to mastermind the researching of the requirements and duties of each. All had a go at and were challenged by the rudiments of camping, pitching a tent in 20 minutes, sorting out the cooking pots and lighting the camp stove in a gale.
All agreed that these skills will need to be perfected when they head off to North Wales in May!
The group was then taken through a re-run of what they had previously chosen to do to raise their share of the funds for the Expedition and divided, according to boroughs, into four sub-groups who will plan events and projects to take place between now and July.
The all-day meeting ended on a high note of anticipation and excitement.