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Blog 11th April 2015     On Monday Ewan and myself continued to swing the bow to Port, and by Wednesday we had succeeded in getting the Bow onto the prepared concrete base. It wasn't as yet in the correct position in the centre of the concrete, but we decided to begin elevating the Obelisk to a height of about three feet, starting by elevating the stern three inches and then switching to the Bow and raising that by the same amount.    Lifting the stern meant we would be lifting about 6.6 tons of dead weight, (at the Bow we had been lifting about 3.3 tons), just the two of us using only the same flimsy levers and concrete blocks as a counterweight, we knew it was not going to be easy, we would have to fight for every inch.    By the time we finished on Friday we had lifted it over 2 inches and I was very pleased.    We now had an enforced break while the festival of Songkran took place. This is a nationwide festival that takes place every year during mid April (the hottest time of the year) and involves the entire population throwing buckets of water over each other, great fun, but not if you are riding a motorbike at the time, in fact under these circumstances it can be dangerous to life and limb. Therefore as I have a long motorcycle ride to get to Steve's place we will resume our experiment next Thursday when Songkran will be over for another year.   <<previous blog page next blog page >> To read & post comments click here return to top of this page

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