Ready to be Wound

  • Author: Admin
  • Date: Monday 1st June 2009
Ready to be Wound

After the excitement of seeing the restored faces returning home to the clock tower in Britannia Royal Naval College last month the sight of a tall crane on the parade ground poised to put the Commodore’s mast back in place was a sure sign that the restoration and refurbishment of the clock tower is very near completion.
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On a beautiful morning this week, when the wind was not too strong, the team from Marks Building Services of Torquay arrived to carry out this specialist task. The mast being returned to its rightful place means that the bell is in situ and the clock mechanism ready to be wound up.


Tomorrow (Wednesday 1st April) the horologist from clock experts Smiths of Derby will be connecting up the bell hammers and winding the clock so the distinctive eight bell chime will soon be ringing out from the clock tower.


Richard Gaze, the VT Flagship Project Manager said “this whole process has been quite lengthy and at times complicated. The “Interserve” supply chain has worked well to move things along. Seeing the mast back in place means we are nearly there and once the ‘fit for use’ certificate has been awarded the Commodore’s pennant will be raised”.



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