Ballast tank trivia

Ballast tank trivia

Joined: August 28th, 2003, 1:43 am

December 22nd, 2009, 12:21 am #1

If you all recall this past April the Coast Guard recommended the Memorial begin a program to D-Flake, clean and paint the ships Ballast Tanks and Voids.
Several contractors were contacted to clean and paint the cost was scarey;
So over the summer, several crew members started cleaning the 5" of mud and sand from 2 tanks, high pressure washers were used and a local contracter finished the paint on the first tank this past week.

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The sticks in the photo were found in the sand,(one per tank) stuck cross ways in the drain holes through the deck/beam supports.
Will there be a stick in every tank and what was its purpose?

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Joined: August 24th, 2003, 10:08 pm

December 22nd, 2009, 1:56 am #2

My guess is so that big fish couldn't get in.... lol...
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Joined: December 16th, 2009, 12:12 am

December 22nd, 2009, 4:16 am #3

If you all recall this past April the Coast Guard recommended the Memorial begin a program to D-Flake, clean and paint the ships Ballast Tanks and Voids.
Several contractors were contacted to clean and paint the cost was scarey;
So over the summer, several crew members started cleaning the 5" of mud and sand from 2 tanks, high pressure washers were used and a local contracter finished the paint on the first tank this past week.

a href="http://s650.photobucket.com/albums/uu22 ... C00186.jpg" target="_blank">

The sticks in the photo were found in the sand,(one per tank) stuck cross ways in the drain holes through the deck/beam supports.
Will there be a stick in every tank and what was its purpose?

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I hope they weren't there to keep the ship from sinking.
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Joined: May 7th, 2004, 4:57 am

December 22nd, 2009, 6:17 pm #4

If you all recall this past April the Coast Guard recommended the Memorial begin a program to D-Flake, clean and paint the ships Ballast Tanks and Voids.
Several contractors were contacted to clean and paint the cost was scarey;
So over the summer, several crew members started cleaning the 5" of mud and sand from 2 tanks, high pressure washers were used and a local contracter finished the paint on the first tank this past week.

a href="http://s650.photobucket.com/albums/uu22 ... C00186.jpg" target="_blank">

The sticks in the photo were found in the sand,(one per tank) stuck cross ways in the drain holes through the deck/beam supports.
Will there be a stick in every tank and what was its purpose?

a href="http://s650.photobucket.com/albums/uu22 ... C00181.jpg" target="_blank">
I am guessing to use poking the limber holes in the bilge stringers if they clog in order to to drain
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Joined: September 1st, 2005, 8:06 pm

December 23rd, 2009, 2:08 am #5

If you all recall this past April the Coast Guard recommended the Memorial begin a program to D-Flake, clean and paint the ships Ballast Tanks and Voids.
Several contractors were contacted to clean and paint the cost was scarey;
So over the summer, several crew members started cleaning the 5" of mud and sand from 2 tanks, high pressure washers were used and a local contracter finished the paint on the first tank this past week.

a href="http://s650.photobucket.com/albums/uu22 ... C00186.jpg" target="_blank">

The sticks in the photo were found in the sand,(one per tank) stuck cross ways in the drain holes through the deck/beam supports.
Will there be a stick in every tank and what was its purpose?

a href="http://s650.photobucket.com/albums/uu22 ... C00181.jpg" target="_blank">
I believe they are Jonathan's drum sticks! Wouldn't you agree Chris? They could be paint stirring sticks from the last time they were painted!
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Joined: December 17th, 2005, 10:55 pm

December 23rd, 2009, 4:08 am #6

If you all recall this past April the Coast Guard recommended the Memorial begin a program to D-Flake, clean and paint the ships Ballast Tanks and Voids.
Several contractors were contacted to clean and paint the cost was scarey;
So over the summer, several crew members started cleaning the 5" of mud and sand from 2 tanks, high pressure washers were used and a local contracter finished the paint on the first tank this past week.

a href="http://s650.photobucket.com/albums/uu22 ... C00186.jpg" target="_blank">

The sticks in the photo were found in the sand,(one per tank) stuck cross ways in the drain holes through the deck/beam supports.
Will there be a stick in every tank and what was its purpose?

a href="http://s650.photobucket.com/albums/uu22 ... C00181.jpg" target="_blank">
is now we have a tank that looks better than the shaft alley, Aux Machinery and Engine room, This is the only oppertunity to see it.
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Joined: October 10th, 2005, 8:42 pm

December 23rd, 2009, 4:28 am #7

If you all recall this past April the Coast Guard recommended the Memorial begin a program to D-Flake, clean and paint the ships Ballast Tanks and Voids.
Several contractors were contacted to clean and paint the cost was scarey;
So over the summer, several crew members started cleaning the 5" of mud and sand from 2 tanks, high pressure washers were used and a local contracter finished the paint on the first tank this past week.

a href="http://s650.photobucket.com/albums/uu22 ... C00186.jpg" target="_blank">

The sticks in the photo were found in the sand,(one per tank) stuck cross ways in the drain holes through the deck/beam supports.
Will there be a stick in every tank and what was its purpose?

a href="http://s650.photobucket.com/albums/uu22 ... C00181.jpg" target="_blank">
This gives me an idea.
High pressure water did the trick. A needle gun would have taken forever.
I wonder if the same could be applied to the overhead in the tank deck?
chipping and brushing loose paint and deposits would take a tremendous amount of time.
Painting the cleaned surface with spray guns (with adequate ventillation) would make painting just as fast.

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Joined: December 17th, 2005, 10:55 pm

December 23rd, 2009, 9:04 am #8

Power washer is way too wet in the way of residule waste water. Solid grit is expensive and haas disposal issues to. The overhead would have to be a drier system like ice or dry ice. The key thing is not to damage the wireing. Also heavy rust would not be removed with the iceies. A vacuum blaster could address the heavy rust spots and I have seen you do wonders with a needle gun (smile). I agree 100% on the spray painting being there is just under 20,000 sqft of surface area. Just guessing it would take about 2 to 4 weeks with a crew of 10 and working nights.
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Joined: July 6th, 2005, 3:57 pm

December 23rd, 2009, 11:16 am #9

This gives me an idea.
High pressure water did the trick. A needle gun would have taken forever.
I wonder if the same could be applied to the overhead in the tank deck?
chipping and brushing loose paint and deposits would take a tremendous amount of time.
Painting the cleaned surface with spray guns (with adequate ventillation) would make painting just as fast.
Are we thinking to start this on or before work week in April???

The last great expanse of old paint on the tank deck.

When do we start??? Sounds like fun, eh? Bob
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Joined: October 10th, 2005, 8:42 pm

December 23rd, 2009, 10:44 pm #10

Well, I would start on it, but the needle guns just freezq up in the winter.

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