Cruisin’ Down to Dry Dock

I heard today that the ship is going to go into dry dock on Monday, January 23rd and that they will be escorted down to Pier 70 by some of our tiny tugboat friends.  I wonder if they will have a lunch on board and if I can snatch some snacks during the trip.  I did not hear an estimate for how long they will be in the dry dock, but I assume it is only for a few weeks.  I have flown around the Pier 70 area in the past and it is near the baseball park. The baseball park is wonderful because for several months a year they have big crowds and when they leave there are tons of left over hot dog buns & chips and other yummy treats.  Unfortunately the rest of the avian squadron also knows about the baseball park and it is often quite crowded as we are scuffling for the leftover food.  We sometimes have to circle the park for a long time while the games go on.  You would think that the tourists and other patrons would be more considerate and get out of the way so we can eat the snacks.

Bob C. Gull stops for a breather during his trip down to Pier 70 at a popular spot near the Ferry Building.

When I got to Pier 70 the dry dock was empty and the workers were positioning  blocks in the bottom for the ship.  From what I heard from the crew they expect that the shipyard crew will be doing the work on the hull and the crew members will be doing work on the deck and interior of the ship.

Empty floating dry dock with blocks to support the ship during the painting and repairs.

Editor’s Notes:  The SS Jeremiah O’Brien is going into dry dock at Pier 70 and will be there for about a month while maintenance is done on the ship.  The ship will be painted and some hull plates may be repaired. Tours of the ship will not be available until they return to Pier 45 at Fisherman’s Wharf in early March. This is a ‘floating’ dry dock, unlike the ‘graving’ dock at Mare Island, which is fixed in the ground.  The floating dry dock is prepared as shown before the ship arrives.  Then the dry dock is sunk into the water by flooding the bottom and wing walls pictured here.  The ship is then positioned in the dry dock and the water is pumped out and the dry dock re-floated to bring the ship up out of the water.  For more information about the Liberty ship SS Jeremiah O’Brien please visit us at our web site. If we can get Bob to continue to visit Pier 70 we will provide more information as the work progresses on the ship. 

View of the floating dry dock from ground level at Pier 70.



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