May 8th Photos Page

Here are some photos from a few recent volunteer days.  As promised below is the "after" photo of the ships bell, after the Team gave it a fresh coat of paint and a little TLC.  With Winter behind us now there is plenty of work to be done, so the number of projects on the Team's "To Do List" is growing all the time.  I guess that's what they call job security, and since we aren't on the payroll we don't have to worry about getting laid off either!  As always I encourage the visitors to this site to come down and volunteer some of your time to help with the ongoing restoration efforts on the ship.  I promise it will be a day well spent!  Hope to see you onboard soon!


March 27th Photo #1
In March we were asked to restore a set of ships alarm boxes by the
Curatorial office.  Sets of alarm boxes like these can be found throughout
the ship, the green one is the Chemical Alarm, the red one is the General
Alarm, and the yellow one is the Collision Alarm.  Here we see one of the
gang putting the finishing touches on this project.  Some of the pieces
for this set were seen in the last set of photos I posted on March 6th.

March 27th Photo #2

Here is the finished product, ready to be used by the Curator's office.
I guess we can cross that project off the "To Do List", looks great!
April 17th Photo #1
This is a display in the space that once served as the ships radio room
during WW II.  This compartment is down on deck three, just aft of the
barbette for Turret #2.  The ships Radio Club has spent a lot of time and
effort obtaining and installing period correct equipment, much of which
has been restored to operational condition.  They've done a great job,
on this project and many others around the ship.  I see their members
every Saturday, they are a tremendous asset to the ship, great job! 
April 17th Photo #2
This is a plaque on Mount 56, honoring the Marines who manned it while the
ship was in commission.  I polished all the bells on the 5-inch
mounts on this
visit and decided to take a photo of this plaque, and the nice shiny bell too...
May 8th Photo #1
The rest of the photos in this set show the work that was done over
the past two Saturdays to refinish the large steel ships bell up on the
O-7 level.  For a before photo of this bell, look at the first photo of the
series of photos posted for March 6th.  Here the bell has already been
sanded and primed and it is receiving a final coat of gray paint.
May 8th Photo #2
With the outside painted our attention turned to the inside and the clapper 
itself, which after some light sanding received a fresh coat of black paint.
May 8th Photo #3
After lunch the gray paint was dry and it was ready to get the letters
painted black.  I must mention that on this particular Saturday winds
were blowing hard with gusts in excess of 40 mph, making the task
of painting the letters all the more difficult!
May 8th Photo #4
Undeterred by the wind, we had one steady-handed lady who was
determined to get the job done.  The two guys behind her weren't
just there to watch, they were strategically placed to try and
block the wind from blowing the paint right off the brush!
May 8th Photo #5
Finally, the finished product, and some of the gang that helped make it
happen.  You can see how hard the wind is still blowing by looking at the
rope lanyard and the wind-blown hair.  Great job by all those who helped, in
just two Saturdays this bell was transformed and is once again looking good.
By the way, it still sounds good too, you ask how I know that?  Well, let's
just say we had to give the lanyard a few test pulls once we were done...
May 8th Photo #6
Steady-handed Nan, poses with her handy work.  She did a great
job under some really extreme conditions, and it looks awesome!
May 8th Photo #7
A shot of the Olympia, across the river from our O-7 vantage point.  Her
future is uncertain at this time, and she is in desperate need of some help.
According to recent articles in the Philadelphia papers she needs to be put
into dry dock for much needed hull repairs and the funds to do it just aren't
there.  The cost for the immediate repairs are estimated in the $10M range,
with an additional $10M needed to setup an endowment to cover the ships
maintenance going forward.  If there is anything you can do to help raise
funds to save this historic treasure, please contact the Seaport Museum,
they are the group currently responsible for operating and maintaining the
ship.  She is the oldest iron hulled warship afloat and deserves to be
preserved for future generations, I sincerely hope that the funds
needed to keep her afloat well into the future can be secured.

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