Built at Blennerville
Fitted at Fenit Pier
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The Jeanie Johnston Chronicle
Latest Updates on 14th August, 2000
| Work on the Jeanie Johnston's interior continues at Fenit this month. I visited the pier last week and spoke briefly to Captain Forwood, asking him about the planned departure date for the round Ireland tour. He told me "I have a date in my own mind, nearer November than October." I wondered if the weather would not be too severe to take Jeanie out during November and December, and he replied that, no, Ireland benefits from the Gulf Stream which means our winter weather never gets too severe. The most a bad storm could do would be to briefly delay entering or leaving a port for a few hours. Once at sea, Jeanie would have no problems withstanding anything our Irish weather can send.
The project managers are convinced that the Jeanie Johnston is unique in using her interior space in such an ingenious manner. You could have a corporate breakfast hosted in the morning, then a museum between 10am and 4pm and in the evening have dinner, then change into sailing mode and sail to another port. When the ship arrives in the US it will be working 24 hours a day with non-stop work going on. Project foreman, Ciarán O'Regan says "The sophisticated nature of the ship has set me a tough task, it's a big challenge. The building of the hull was straightforward enough but it's the three-in-one system and the fitting-out that gets complicated".
Because of the 24 hour shift onboard, the separate sleeping area for trainees at the front of the ship will also be used by any crew wanting to catch up on some shut-eye. Directly below this area lies the shower and toilet area for use by the crew. The toilet system is the same as that used on sea liners and aircraft, using a litre of water and a vacuum system. At the front of the Tween Deck lies the boatswain's store, while the area on the deck below houses the forward thruster. This is effectively a hollow cylinder running through the ship's bow, which will allow Jeanie to manoevre herself into shallow waters. Not only does the ship become easier to handle, it also means she will not have to have to use tug boats in tidal harbours, and save a lot of money in the process. Another advantage is that the Jeanie Johnston will be able to move at ease through the complicated lock systems in order to get into the Great Lakes of North America.
*Next entry* in the Chronicle during November will detail the layout of the rest of the ship, including the Captain's Great Cabin, the galley and the lower deck. Also how you can reserve a nautical mile of Jeanie's historical trans-Atlantic voyage to be sailed in your name or that of your nominee.