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the Brass Team went across the river to visit the Cruiser Olympia and do
a little polishing. We volunteered to go over and polish up a
bunch of brass railings and other items in and around the ships newly
reconstructed Pilot House. Unfortunately the weather wasn't very
nice but we did manage to get a lot done after the rain stopped mid
morning. Since it was raining when we arrived we took a short tour
of the ship in the hopes that the rain would stop and we could get to
work. The photos below are from that tour followed by some shots of
the gang in action doing what we do best - polishing brass! All in
all we had a great day and will likely go back this coming Saturday to
finish what we started. The Olympia has done a great job of
restoring the Pilot House area and will be opening it to the public on
May 1st, a date that will mark the 111th Anniversary of the Battle of
Manila Bay, where the Olympia served as Admiral Dewey's flagship.
really enjoyed my tour of the Olympia and I encourage anyone in the area
to take the time to visit her and the submarine Becuna, I promise you
won't be disappointed! I've included a pair of links below where
you can learn more about these two historic ships. Simply click on
either link to be taken directly to the Seaport Museum's Main Page or
the USS Olympia's Main Page. Like the Battleship New Jersey and
many other museum ships the Olympia and Becuna are fighting to stay
afloat in the wake of budget cuts and difficult economic times.
They rely heavily on revenue from visitors and also on donations from
the public to keep the doors open. Please consider making a small
donation to help fund their maintenance efforts to keep the oldest iron
hulled ship afloat. She is a unique specimen from a by gone era
and with your help she will remain open for future generations to visit
and appreciate. Thanks in advance for anything you can do to
Seaport Museum Main Page
Olympia Main Page
of the gang arrived in style in this stretch Hummer Limo
arranged for by one of the Brass Team members. We had a
turnout despite the weather and a good day was had by all!
was "Officer's Country" on the Olympia. This structure
is directly below
one of the ships turrets, the ammunition hoists for the guns above
through the center of it. Lots of wood, not much brass in
shot of Officers "Staterooms"
it is, the very first "Scuttlebutt" (chilled
water dispenser) installed on a Navy warship.
of the many 6-pound guns found on the ships lower deck.
plague is on the bulkhead of the passageway down to the Engine Room.
down into the Engine Room, it was a treat to visit this area of the
brass gauges and controls were everywhere
in the Engine Room, what an impressive area!
shot of nicely detailed equipment in the Engine Room.
Engine Control Panel, reminded me of "Nautilus", simple
controls that look so eloquent in stainless steel and brass
fired boilers, working down here was no picnic, that's for sure!
in the ships "Machine Shop"
men's berthing areas, note hammocks for sleeping. Also
barely visible in this photo in the upper right corner is another
6-pound gun. It seemed like an unusual place for a gun, but
guns on this deck popped up in some strange places.
lead-lined kettles in the ships "Kitchen".
was the stove in the kitchen, I'm guessing it was coal fired, but not
is the ships wheel that has been lovingly restored and
will soon be placed in the new Pilot House. It looks awesome!
is one of the ships heavier guns, I believe they are 5-inchers.
inside the newly redone Pilot House. The wheel shown
above will go on the column in the center of the photo.
we got outside and up to the Pilot House we realized the rain
had stopped and so at that time the tour ended and we went
work on the railings. The brass railings are original items over
110 years old, but with a little effort the shined up nicely!
woodwork on the Pilot House and deck are awesome, having
this area open to the public will be a real treat for visitors to the
shot of the Battleship across the river, it felt a little like we
were cheating on her, but it was for a really good cause!
shot of the Pilot House area from the pier. Also visible in this
is the ships Armored Conning Station, it is the rounded yellow
situated one deck below and forward of the wooden Pilot
House. It is a
very cool area, featuring a domed top that can be cranked up vertically.
of the gang polishing the railings. With ten of us onboard we
were able to get a lot done and should be able to finish the effort
this Saturday. In this shot you can clearly see how a little
and a lot of "elbow grease" made those railings shine!
a way to spend a Saturday! If you're crazy
like me it doesn't get much better than this!
one of the ships staff applies a coating to the freshly
polished railings in the hope of preserving the shine for a while.
shot of Big J from Penn's Landing.
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