Conservation Research Laboratory Reports

Conserving the hull of the Belle

La Salle Shipwreck Project
Texas Historical Commission


PHOTO GALLERY 10: THROUGH SUMMER 2000

 

Preparing to place the keel on the support pillars on the steel back
Preparing to place the keel on the support pillars on the steel back
Using the water to displace the weight of the keel in order to place it on the molded shoe that matches the erosion on the keel's underside. Using the water to displace the weight of the keel in order to place it on the molded shoe that matches the erosion on the keel's underside.
The keel is positioned on the fiberglass shoe, which runs along the bottom length of the keel. The keel and support shoe are then placed on to the pedestals. The pedestals are fastened to the steel back on the frame. The keel is positioned on the fiberglass shoe, which runs along the bottom length of the keel. The keel and support shoe are then placed on to the pedestals. The pedestals are fastened to the steel back on the frame.
Placing the frames on the keel floors. Placing the frames on the keel floors.
Carefully aligning each frame with the hull lifted out of the water. Carefully aligning each frame with the hull lifted out of the water.
Carefully aligning each frame with the hull partially submerged in the water. Note the spray which is used to keep the hull wet when it is out of the water. Carefully aligning each frame with the hull partially submerged in the water. Note the spray which is used to keep the hull wet when it is out of the water.


Citation Information:

Peter Fix
2000, Conservation of the Hull of the Belle, Conservation Research Laboratory Research Report #7, Photo Gallery 10, World Wide Web, URL, http://nautarch.tamu.edu/CRL/Report7/hull10.htm, Nautical Archaeology Program, Texas A&M University; La Salle Shipwreck Project, Texas Historical Commission, Austin, Texas.


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