Found (okay, rediscovered
) these two web sites earlier today:
They really show the amount of hard work and dedication needed to keep a museum ship in good condition and displayed with as much historical accuracy as possible. I last went to Battleship Cove in July, 2009, and based on recent photos I've seen of her, the ship looks substantially nicer than it did three years ago. Here's a list of work done over a four day period alone back in 2011:
- Repaired lighting in compartment A-411A
- Repaired Passageway light in the forward officers passage
- Repaired coffee brewing machine
- Restored ventilation and lighting to Mt 51
- Rewired controller and start switch on No #1 air compressor in the Aft Engineroom.
- Repaired and relocated pressure switch on No #1 air compressor in the Aft Engineroom
- Repaired lights in B-4 Aft Engine Room.
- Isolated and repaired switchboard grounds in DASH hangar
- Fixed wiring on lower level B-3 Aft Fireroom
- Removed all vent covers for summer service
- Sealed 2" pipe on torpedo deck
- Repaired and closed all hinged covers on torpedo mounts
- Repaired and sealed optical doors on Mt 51 to prevent water intrusion into the gun mount.
- Installed watertight door mechanism on door (01 level to torpedo deck, port side)
- Fixed door to Burke Museum
Painting Projects (Major man power efforts was given here)
- Bow to stern bilge crawl--photo documentation of hull conditions
- Bow to stern bilge crawl--ultrasound of hull, selected areas on main deck
- B-4 bilge cleaning of all pockets for debris.
- Prep and priming of interior of Mt 51.
- Needle gunning and wire wheeling the overhead and bulkheads of the starboard side main deck forward of the breakwater.
- Use of needle gun, and deck crawler to prep and prime the fantail.
- Use of deck crawler to prep and then paint the DASH flight deck.
- Prep, prime, and finish coat to 25 feet of overhead on the port side main deck. This is the last area on the port side main deck needed to be completed.
- Prepped, primed and painted the port side signal deck and bridge wing. Continued to prep and prime forward rail of Signal Deck as well.
Field Day specific
- Cleaned out ASROC magazine of spare and unwanted material.
- Completed upholstery restoration on Messdecks.
- Added protective coatings to Bridge wing wooden trim.
- Made new Plexiglas panel for wing urinal and changed out mounting hardware to stainless steel.
- Installed and secured both bridge wing voice tube weather covers.
- Installed fire wand retainer bracket port side main deck at Frame 80
- Installed CO2 Foam canister rack in main passageway that was taken from HORNE.
- Manned Galley and Messdecks to provide meals to all hands from Thursday night to Sunday morning.
- Cleaned, sorted, and manned storeroom for field day.
- Participated in "Meet the Veterans" program