HMS Warrior gets the Tecsew treatment
Marine textile company, Tecsew, has helped protect England's naval history with the restoration of an iconic warship.
Stationed at Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard, HMS Warrior has been fitted with a new cover for her vent cowlings, skylight covers, stairway covers and funnel coats and rams.
Tecsew's MD, John Bland, said that helping to conserve a vital part of Portsmouth's naval history was a defining moment. "We were very honoured to be involved in such a prestigious, historical project which leveraged our extensive skills within the marine canvas industry," he said.
The company, based in Lee-on-the-Solent on the south coast, was approached by the Historic Ships Conservation Works Coordinator, Roy Smith, in October 2018. The historic warship, built in 1860, was in need of new covers and Tecsew had worked with the dockyard in the past.
Ally Bland, director of Tecsew, said that finding suitable material that was fire retardant and of the right texture to complement Warrior's age was paramount.
"It was a real challenge and we knew they would be very strict on quality. But in the end we triumphed and it has been a real honour to be selected for this project," she said.
The first stage has been so successful that Tecsew has been asked to provide more covers and is now the preferred supplier for further conservation work at the dockyard, including for Nelson's flagship, HMS Victory.
To cope with increased demand, the firm recently moved from its long-standing Gosport premises to a purpose-built factory in Daedalus, Lee-on-the-Solent.
The move expanded Tecsew's footprint from 5,000 to 8,500sqft and provided the company with room for offices and a new reception and car park. Opening hours have also been extended in response to demand.
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