Farewell Drydock Eureka

This is the control room on the upper deck of the drydock. There are numerous compartments in the bottom of the facility that allows selective flooding to 'trim' the ship as it is being lowered into the water.

After more than a month in drydock we are back home at Pier 45, and I am glad of it.  The people at the drydock were very friendly, but the pickings were poor in terms of food sitting around.  Pier 45 at Fisherman’s Wharf is such a gold mine in terms of stuff to scavenge that nothing else holds a candle to that spot.

When it came time for the ship to leave I was sitting on the rail up near the control room and heard the yellow suit guys talking.  They said that they were going to ‘pull the plug’ and flood the dock.  I have to tell you I was nervous because I had seen the big holes they cut in the side of the ship and I wasn’t sure it was going to float!  This ship is my safety net in terms of food and I am not happy about anything that puts that at risk.

The drydock is a big open kind of ship and it has no front or back or roof and big side walls.  It looks old, but it does do the job of getting the ship out of the water. Continue reading

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Mission Accomplished !

The work looks like it is done on the ship.  Here is a picture someone took of me and the ship just before they started to flood the drydock.  I was nervous about the ship sinking, but all is well.

Bob relaxes on a box next to the ship just before the flooding of the drydock begins. The new paint job looks great.

The new paint job looks great and the holes in the side are all patched up. I was able to get a few new pictures of the ship just before they flooded the drydock and there are some interesting new developments. Continue reading

New paint job (almost) and the holes are patched

I flew down to the ship the other day to see how they are coming with the paint and the repairs.  The painting is really coming along; I stayed out of the way of the guys with the long paint sticks, but I am impressed how much they have gotten done since I saw it last.  The very bottom of the ship is a nice red color and it has a black line above that and then the standard grey.  They also put a bunch of numbers on the front of the ship for some reason. Continue reading

They are taking the ship apart !

I went to visit the ship in dry dock the other day and it looks like they are taking it apart !  I have no idea why they would want to do this to such a fine old ship.

A plate was removed from the lower area near the propeller shaft and rudder.

It looks like they are trying to take the propeller off and they have cut big holes in the side of the ship at the bottom near the rudder. Continue reading

A new paint job for the ship

After the little robots scraped all the paint off the ship they are replacing it with new paint.

Robotic paint scraper attached to the side of the ship. Bare metal on the right and old paint on the left.

First they put big towers up next to the ship and then men in things that look like space suits got up on the towers and sprayed paint on the ship.  Right now it looks like a checkerboard with two colors of paint.

Primer paint on the ship. An extra coat was applied to the seams between the plates and over the rivets. Note the anchors have been removed to allow the paint to be applied.

I wonder if they are going to leave it like this or if they are going to put on different colors ? The men on the towers are very brave to be that far off the ground, but they are also dangerous because they have long sticks that shoots the paint onto the sides of the ship. I think that if they got a chance they would probably try to squirt me with the paint. Continue reading