Conservation Research Laboratory Reports

Conserving the hull of the Belle

La Salle Shipwreck Project
Texas Historical Commission


PHOTO GALLERY 15: OCTOBER-DECEMBER 2001

We are almost ready to begin the treatment of the wood using polyethylene glycol (PEG). In order to protect the ship during the conservation phase, we have built a protective cover over the treatment pool.

October 29, 2001: Jim Jobling and his team have started to construct a customized protective roof over the vat.
October 29, 2001: Jim Jobling and his team have started to construct a customized protective roof over the vat.
The roof was constructed from a modified greenhouse kit. The roof was constructed from a modified greenhouse kit.
Corrugated fiberglass panelling was used to Corrugated fiberglass panelling was used to
construct the ends of the structure.
The frame was covered with two layers of clear plastic The frame was covered with two layers of clear plastic that are inflated to provide an insulating barrier. A third layer of black pastic will be used to protect the ship from sunlight and to retain heat, as well as to retard algae growth.
View through the double doors of one of the eight vats that will be used to store the PEG View through the double doors of one of the eight vats that will be used to store the PEG
The roof structure

 

The roof structure will need to be removed in order to move the ship when treatment is completed.

 

    Citation Information:

Peter Fix
2001, Conservation of the Hull of the Belle, Conservation Research Laboratory Research Report #7, Photo Gallery 15, World Wide Web, URL, http://nautarch.tamu.edu/CRL/Report7/hull15.htm, Nautical Archaeology Program, Texas A&M University; La Salle Shipwreck Project, Texas Historical Commission, Austin, Texas.

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