It’s All a Blur…

motion blur Chris

One of my favorite pics from the past two and a half weeks: Chris at work in one of the tanks.


Fun on a Friday

Some images from yesterday.

Measuring ullage:

ullage measurement

Not just one, but two sections of pipe fell to the bottom of this tank.

oops suction fail

This leads to the hottest new shipboard craze…

tanking 1

tanking 2

Forget planking! We’ve gone beyond that to…tanking!

Suction line with check valve and strainer in situ in tank:

suction and strainer

Second section of pipe recovered and passed up to the weather deck through the tank hatch:

lost pipe recovered

Examining patching (and repatching) done in Tank 5 (starboard):

examining patching

Oops. It seems the patching has failed.

fiberglass does not work

Looking up again. The only way in and out of the tank:

the way out

Finally, a manufacturer’s mark spotted on a steel frame in the tank.:

Cliff mark

The steel was added when the ship was converted into a tank ship.

In the Tanks

When I arrived at the ship on Monday the 23rd, the ship was visibly listing to starboard. This was not a surprise considering that we were pumping ballast water between the cargo tanks in order to access their lower levels and that the tank bulkheads have holes in them. No cause for alarm, but strange to walk on a slightly tilting deck.

ship listing

Over the past week, I’ve had the opportunity to climb down into just over half of the tanks. It’s one thing to look at photos and videos (Brush’s 2009 survey), but quite another to see things for myself…a sobering, but fascinating experience.

Here is the upper part of Tank 2 on the starboard side. Not so bad.

upper part of tank 2

A different world waits at the bottom of the ladder.

lower part of tank 2

Brush taking photos with Esmon and Tony from Leeward Marine assisting:

photographing tank

Chris with camera

Interesting detail…bottom of the main mast, which was incorporated into the centerline bulkhead.

main mast

And, yes, that’s water leaking through a hole in the bulkhead. The tank on the other side has a higher level of water in it.

A view looking up to the access hatch, giving some idea of the depth of the tank:

looking up

How Time Flies…

It’s hard to believe that a week has gone by since the start of the photographic hull survey. The work has been hot and tiring, but fun and quite interesting. I’ve learned quite a bit as well.

Anyway, here are some photos of what’s been happening on board the ship!

We were fortunate to have welding and riveting expert Vern Mesler stop by.

Vern and Chris Jannini looking at rivets at the stern of the ship:

Vern and Chris looking at rivets

Vern and his wife Nan Jackson examine the aftpeak area:

Nan and Vern aftpeak

Chris was right! The lower part of the jigger mast is wood. Curious!

lower part of jigger

Numbers and letters (big mahalo to Alvin) for labeling frames and strakes:

numbers and letters

Strainer design:

strainer suction line

Volunteers in safety gear in lazarette:

volunteers safety gear

Mossend stamp:

Mossend stamp knee

Robert Jamieson and volunteers dealing with a hose connected to one of the submersible pumps:

dealing with hose

Geologic features in a ship! Ripple marks in the sediment in the aftpeak:

ripple marks

Dr. Lloyd Hihara from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa/Hawaii Corrosion Lab visited the ship. Chris, Dr. Hihara, and Vern looking at the hull:

discussing corrosion

Some of Robert Jamieson’s wonderful drawings of the ship:


More work on the pumping system:

suction work

Chris in the forepeak:

Chris forepeak

Hole in the collision bulkhead leading to the chain locker:

hole in bulkhead

The lower set of bow ports:

lower bow ports

I was very glad that I had the opportunity to climb down into the forepeak to have a closer look at the condition of the hull there.

Hole in the bulkhead between the pump room and port tank #1:

hole in OT bulkhead

Chris labeling the frames and strakes in the pump room:

labeling pump room

Finally, a couple of photos taken this morning to remind me that there is a bright world beyond the rusty hull…

I was surprised and delighted to see dolphins in the harbor! Unfortunately, the photo isn’t very good because they had gone past the ship by the time I got my camera. You can just make them out in the area between the coconut tree trunks and the building.


Perched on one of the lines on the ship, a young sparrow begging for food from its mother:

young sparrow and mother

Golden Gate Bridge honors 75th year and rivets technique used |

Here is a San Francisco TV news video featuring Vern Mesler (see Rivet Revival?):

Golden Gate Bridge honors 75th year and rivets technique used |

Thanks to Matthew James for the link.

San Francisco

An early, but nice flight from San Diego to San Francisco yesterday morning. We headed to San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park to meet up with Brush and have a look at the ships there. More on this later.

“The Falls of Clyde: Past, Present and Future” Talk to be Presented on May 18, 2011

“The Falls of Clyde: Past, Present and Future” Talk to be Presented on May 18, 2011 | Brisbane – Yahoo! Local.

This talk is being given by Chris Jannini.