Now on to the next phase in the multi-year project to protect and restore HMS Victory. With the ship stabilized with her new supports feeding data second by send on how she is sitting and where stresses can be relieved or supporting pressure gently increased. So now the shipwrights are working towards the much-needed restoration of her hull planking. Much depends on what they and their team of shipwrights find as the shell planking comes off – what state are the ribs are in, and where are the needs for restoration most pressing. Only one way to find out – remove the planking and look. You might think modern electric gadgets would make this easier, but in fact it requires many tools and techniques recognizable to the 18th century shipwrights who built Victory. The prime one: muscle power. The new planking: oak.