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Mid Harbours Capstan

22/10/2019

22nd October 2019

The Ministry for Heritage received a request from the recently formed Family and Community Centre at Mid-Harbours Estate with a view of getting some of the children involved at the centre in a community/heritage project.

A capstan located near the ball park was identified as a potential restoration project. The idea was agreed in principle but on closer examination it was discovered that some of the iron work at the base of the structure had become semi-detached posing some health and safety concerns.

Selina Ltd was instructed to carry out the follwing works.

  • Capstan at Mid-Harbours Estate – iron strip at the base requires welding as it is currently a health and safety concern and the front panel of the base needs some sanding down as it appears flaky. Check and make good anything else that requires welding/sanding.

19th November 2019

Selina Ltd is instructed to carry out the following works.

  • Capstan at Mid-Harbours Estate – iron strip at the base requires welding as it is currently a health and safety concern and the front panel of the base needs some sanding down, as it appears flaky. Check and make good anything else that requires welding/sanding.

17th January 2020

Welding works at the capstan have been completed. Group leaders at the Family and Community Centre have been informed that the youth project can now proceed. This will involve a competition to determine the best design to be adopted on the capstan.

The Ministry for Heritage to provide all paints, brushes and other materials for the project.

25th February 2020

Keith Sheriff of the Ministry of Heritage gives a short historical talk to the children involved in competition giving a historical overview of how capstans operated in Gibraltar.

The talk is followed by the design competition and a colour scheme is determined based on the winning team’s design.

29th February 2020

All children involved in the project are invited to take part in the painting of the capstan under adult supervision.