Thanksgiving is upon us and winter is close!
The ship has been busy - November Work Week (Phase #1 - the electric shock)
turned out 15 electricians from 4 states. All the big electric and
transformer boxes are off the tank deck, there is more power to the port
side of the ship now and all the old transformers were cleaned. At one point
Harry (chief electrifier) had 32 people (workers) getting this, moving that,
and put it there; George kept every one safe and helped look after
supplies and Dave stopped in to make his final inspection of things. This
project was in the planning for a year. Harry, Dave and George have made
drawings and gathered supplies for a year! If the LST could talk it would
say a big thanks to all the electricians that showed up.
A crew of Snipes put the new manifold on the port main engine over work
week, Ad also made use of the snipes that showed up to get some other work
done below decks.
Ad found out that a manifold for the ships main engine by a commercial
supplier cost over $10,000 (uninstalled) - the 325 snipes did it for under
$3,000 installed! Ad also learned to stay out of the Chief Electrifier's (Harry) air
and deck space...
The snipes also rebuilt the steps to the main engine room, Wally finished up
the sheet metal vent covers, and a LtJG from LST 603 painted them. (Thanks
Bob!) Every one has seen the shiney silver 40 mm gun covers and now we get 3 calls
a day - "What is in those silver pods?"
The ship has been prepped for winter, fire mains are opened and drained,
all fire hoses have been stored below deck; the elevator, cargo hatch, and
escape trunks are winterized; all the guns are covered for winter
The Crew's Head, showers, sinks, the starboard weather deck head has been
winterized; state rooms are drained, refrigeration, all Geo-thermal AC
units are winterized and the galley is winterized! There is only water through
the day in the officer's head and no hot water, every night the fresh water pump
is turned off. There is hot coffee in the gift shop by 9 am most mornings, at the round
Both LCVP's have been moved to Kender Morgan for winter storage, a big
thanks to Lance Coffman for his Army Truck!
The ballast tank starboard side under the plumbing shop has been cleaned,
cleaned, and awaits painting - cleaning each of these tanks takes 5 - ten hour
days with a minimum of 4 people utilizing a 4,000 psi washer, scraping,
removing silts by bucket and it's very messy! Painting will take a week - 4
days between primer coats. The 325 Marine Detachment has been working on their
berthing quarters every Monday, preparing for next summer's long Ohio River Trip.
The MASH JEEP is at Terry Tull's - it runs, has brakes, "new" old tires, and is
getting it's seats repaired. Terry hopes to have it ready for a grand
unveiling ceremony during Amphibian Reunion in Pittsburgh this next summer.
Angie keeps every one up on tours with the calendar she e-mails out; you can
see there were 150 on Tuesday and 50 another day with 75 today!
Wanda has jumped in and filled in where needed at the office. Jim and Carl come in
every Tuesday and Thursday to help in the office; Myrth helps at the window on most
week ends. This past month we have included Jim, Ray, Lucas, and Dale as new tour
guides. Glenn, Bing, Ken, Roy, Kelly, Chris, Jesse, Dorris, (2)Jims, Eddie, John,
Josh, Joe, and Larry show up like clock work to keep the ship alive with good conversation
There was a Board Meeting Nov 14th. Over 100 people attended the Volunteer appreciation dinner at the OLD MILL. The next Board meeting will be January 9, 2010 - time and location to be announced. There are 2010 Calendars - Thanks to Garry for putting it together - You can
purchase one at the office.
Enjoy the Holidays with Friends and Family!
As always -
Kenny, 325 Crew Member