The Reconstruction of the Ribs

 

When the ribs were exposed, many were found to be in bad condition.

Salamis, February 2000.

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A number of the ribs were in very bad shape and we were faced with the dilemma of what to do. After much thought and many discussions with the shipyard crew and other experts, I concluded that the ribs should be restored with epoxy resin.

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Vasilis Zairopoulos helped me substantially in resolving this dilemma. Here Vasilis is cleaning an old rib of the “Faneromeni” with a wire brush. The rib will be reconstructed with epoxy resin.

Salamis, February 2000.

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A rib is prepared for reconstruction with epoxy resin. A mold is first constructed around the rib.

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Edwin, “Faneromeni’s” crewman, starts the reconstruction with epoxy resin.

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The mold is now filled with a mixture of epoxy resin and a special filling.

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The mold surrounding the rib filled with resin. Now the resin must dry.

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Another rib, this one is more heavily damaged. In this case, the filling contains pieces of wood in addition to the mixture of epoxy resin and special filling.

Salamis, February 2000.

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