Tonight, I bring you more on that new lamp, this time in the words of Project Manager, William Collard.
William writes, “The Cambria cabin lamp was returned to the Trust in 2009 having been in the care of one of Bob Robert’s family for a number of years. At some time the lamp had been roughly converted to electrics and the burner, chimney and globe removed. Unfortunately the paraffin reservoir had been punctured to take the electric cable.
Once the original skipper’s cabin was completed the challenge was set to turn the lamp back to paraffin and to position it back in its rightful place on the main beam. But could I find the missing parts?
A quick bid on eBay produced an old style burner with duel wick slots. While shopping for our new compass at the Nautical Antique Centre in Weymouth I spied a selection of shaped chimneys and took a gamble on the size. I had occasionally been looking at a suitable globe in the Period House Shop in Shrewsbury and an opportunity to return to Shropshire took me back to the shop and the globe was still there! This time I was carrying dimensions and a deal was quickly sealed. Seems the globe had been there for many years! I also spied correct size wicks and a bottle of clean burning lamp oil.
Our wizzo engineer Dennis Honey repaired the reservoir and Basil fixed a suitable support hook on the deck beam.
So, on Monday 19th March a small party of Mr & Mrs Dave B and Project Manager William Collard lit the blue touch paper and the lamp burst into light for the first time in many, many years. Fantastic!”
Thanks for that, William. Well done. Gotta love E-Bay!