DamienB wrote:When will K4 be back on the water then Bill?
Bill isn't the man to ask. Allow me to explain: A few years ago, whilst walking the shores of Coniston Water, I found a piece of wood. What else could it be but part of Bluebird K4? Nearby were the ashes of a fire, in which were a handful of screws and some metal castings; my researches lead me to believe that this is the very spot where the hull of K4 was broken up and burned after sustaining damage during a high speed run in 1951.
Having seen what the BBP have achieved in restoring something so apparently irreparably damaged, I am inspired to bring K4 back to life. The piece of wood (pictured), still has a two heavy iron castings (presumably engine/gearbox mountings) bolted to it; this assembly will form the basis of the hull and will be attached to whatever new fabric is required using the half dozen screws which remain usable. The remaining screws will be reduced to filings and, along with the ashes from the fire, will be mixed into the resin of the new fibreglass hull, thereby minimising LOOF.
I don't have a source of a Rolls-Royce R engine but remain hopeful that the Ruskin Museum will recognise the importance of this project to the area and agree to the loan of their Merlin; if my memory serves me correctly, that one has a prop. with it, too.
Obviously the restored original K4 won't be the same size as it was before, or even the same shape; It will probably float for a bit though, and with the addition of a lick of blue paint I believe this will be recognised as a worthy project and one which could be eligible for Historic Lottery Fund support.
I did ask Bill for advice as to how best to compose the application but he didn't say much by way of reply except to refer me to his solicitors; I am currently awaiting the courtesy of a reply from Messrs. Hadaway and Shyte.
In conclusion, it is not my intention to proceed with this project in secret; the public will be kept abreast of developments by means of twice-daily press releases to the Daily Mirror.
It is not the critic who counts.....