Conservation Research Laboratory Reports

Conserving the hull of the Belle

La Salle Shipwreck Project
Texas Historical Commission


The lifting frame is designed by Dynacom of Bryan, Texas.  It was partially fabricated at their plant in Bryan.  The two halves were then trucked to the Conservation Research Laboratory, where they were bolted together inside the vat.

The electric motors, gear boxes, pulleys, and lifting cables will be installed in the near future.


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Lifting the first lifting frame

Crane operator, Mr. Gerald Kirkland, owner of Kirkland Crane, Inc., in Bryan, Texas, lifts the first half of the lifting frame off the truck and lowers it into the conservation vat. 

The frame will support the hull and will raise it out of the vat as required.
The second half of the lifting frame is laid alongside the first half. The frame is specially designed to support the hull of the Belle while it is being reassembled and conserved. The frame is designed so that it will support 40,000 lbs. and will not deflect over one inch along its length when lifting the hull. Second lifting frame
Bolting two halves of lifting frame together Laboratory assistants Dan Walker, Jim Jobling, Peter Fix, and Peter Hitchcock bolt the two halves of the frame together. 

Citation Information:
Donny L. Hamilton
1999, Conservation of the Hull of the Belle, Conservation Research Laboratory Research Report #7, Photo Gallery 6, World Wide Web, URL,, Nautical Archaeology Program, Texas A&M University; La Salle Shipwreck Project, Texas Historical Commission, Austin, Texas.



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