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1-31 July 2012

posted Aug 3, 2012, 8:57 PM by Ling Ong
July was a very busy month for Friends of Falls of Clyde. Chris Jannini from the National Park Service in San Francisco conducted a thorough pictorial and video survey of the interior of the ship. The survey will help us determine which areas of the ship need the most work in preparation for drydock. Board member Susan Yamamoto was instrumental in supporting the survey process. A big mahalo to the volunteers who were able to support the project. Leeward Marine owner, Fred Calkins, provided two very able and skillful employees who were very important in helping Chris and Susan in their work. We should receive a report later this month.
Parallel work was conducted on the pump system to allow us to move ballast water between tanks. Paul Pollock installed the initial system and Robert "Jamie" Jamieson worked with volunteers to make the system functional. Board member Fred Nunes worked closely with Jamie to learn the details of the system. This is essential for the stability of the ship.
Jamie has also taken the pictures from Chris and Susan and has labeled them so that they can be matched with a detailed schematic of the ship. This will be instrumental for work in preparation for drydock and for the drydock plan itself. This is a very sophisticated process that we are lucky to have been given for our preservation work.  
We are hopeful that this project is taking us another step toward closer to a drydock and much needed work on the ship's hull.
For those interested in volunteering, there is work to be done on deck preservation that can be done by anyone.
We are still working on Saturdays.