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« Reply #15 on: March 22, 2008, 09:42:56 PM »

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So how was the visit today? Mark Allen, were you able to take a look at the torpedo ready indicator board with the lights, and see if we could get that working?  Also, can you guys post up some pictures that you took, if you took any?

Sorry, I didn't get to look.  Rick talked us into painting the other torpedo after we finished the Shark Memorial.  I also assisted Vaughn as he was working to shore up the concrete slab that is being eroded from underneath.  More work on that in 2 weeks.  In addition, Rick said that work to replace the deck can be started so I'll be talking to Vaughn about getting ready for that.

Here are some before and after images of the Shark Memorial


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« Reply #16 on: March 22, 2008, 09:59:14 PM »

I gotta know, what's the red and blue things that were removed from each side of the memorial?
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« Reply #17 on: March 22, 2008, 10:53:50 PM »

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what's the red and blue things

They are (or were) flag holders.  There were 5 of them...and they were never used and Rick said to take 'em out...so I did   Wink

The other torpedo was painted to match this one and can be view on the website - look for the Museum link button on the left side of the page.

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« Reply #18 on: March 23, 2008, 12:03:42 AM »

That is great Mark. Thank you for doing that.

P.S. Love the new website!  Wink
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« Reply #19 on: March 23, 2008, 04:06:51 PM »

Great job on the torpedos Mark.  I cannot express how greatful I am that these are done.   I cannot wait until reunion to see how the subvets react.

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« Reply #20 on: March 28, 2008, 05:42:56 PM »

Hey guys, I will probably be up at the Batfish on Sunday March 30th and Wednesday April 2nd. Just in case any of you were going to come up, hope some of you do so I can meet you finally. Lol.
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« Reply #21 on: March 28, 2008, 06:13:09 PM »

Sorry Travis, but I can't get there this Sunday and work beckons on Wednesday.  Will be there on Sat. the 5th.
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« Reply #22 on: March 28, 2008, 06:34:57 PM »

Too bad. On the 5th I have a freshman orientation type thing at Oklahoma State, so I wont be able to come then.
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« Reply #23 on: March 28, 2008, 09:31:26 PM »

I will be looking forward to seeing you Travis.   It has been too long...   

Maybe we can look at that escape trunk while you are here.

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« Reply #24 on: March 29, 2008, 12:36:46 AM »

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Maybe we can look at that escape trunk while you are here.

Hope you guys can get to it...if not, maybe Vaughn and myself can take a look on the 5th
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« Reply #25 on: March 29, 2008, 12:50:06 AM »

Yea, I hope to take a look at alot of the compartments you have gotten open since I was there in the summer, those would include the motor room, and the battery compartments.
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« Reply #26 on: March 29, 2008, 09:07:19 AM »

Travis,
As a volunteer 2 you do not have to ask for access to these compartments.   I only ask that you let me know before going down and if you plan on working on something.  This is just so that we do not step on anyones toes during work projects and I know whose body I leave in the balast tank when something goes wrong.   
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« Reply #27 on: March 29, 2008, 12:50:10 PM »

Rick - last time I was there, I did a walk through and noticed that the hatch to get to the lower deck in the forward engine room (I think) was not secured.  Other hatches were by using a screw or bolt...but a few weren't.

Just an FYI
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« Reply #28 on: March 29, 2008, 02:31:33 PM »

I have noticed it.  I need to take a walk through myself and find all of the unsecure hatches.  They get left open from time to time as we get working in there.  I am probably the most guilty on this account.  I would like to find a good latching system that does not involve drilling holes in the deck and wrenches ect for all of the main compatments as it is fun to open them up during odd times that I can give aguided tour

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« Reply #29 on: March 29, 2008, 07:01:47 PM »

Rick
Although it involved drilling holes in the deck and hatches and was done years ago, on the Drum they have hasps with padlocks, makes it real easy to open a hatch for the special tours. As we get time in the winters we are cleaning and painting the lower levels and intend to put grating in the deck in some locations so visitors can view the lower level. we have already done the refer and part of the pump room.
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