Fri 19 Aug 2011
Four days out of San Diego, the decision was made to stop the ship, lower the Rescue Boats and do some touch up painting on the hull. The “ole” Golden Bear has been looking a bit “tatty”. One of the biggest culprits our hull sees every season are Tug Boats with their big rubber bows. The huge bumpers smear the ship’s painted hull and leave giant black smudges. So even though we dock with so much grace our landing wouldn’t even crack an egg shell. Our seaside hull takes its share of “smudges”. Dock side painting is also limited due to port regulations. All we wanted was a nice flat calm sea and some dry weather. The weather (wind, rain and waves) had not been co-operating days past. Finally, we got the right conditions and today seemed like a good day to do a little touching up.
GETTING THE RESCUE BOATS READY
Readying the starboard side rescue boat launching.
Mate Nicholas Shields stores the paint supplies aboard the rescue boat.
Here comes the paint.
Bringing over extensions to reach the most difficult spots on the ship’s hull. Sometimes you just need that “extra reach”.
THE PAINT CREW: Cadet Andrew Plotts and Cadet Donnel Rayhill
ENGINES ARE STOPPED Cadet Ryan Carden operates the crane to lower the rescue boat into the water.
Lowered successfully into the water. Mate Shields gives the okay. The line to the crane is disconnected.
Then the bow line is cast off.
The rescue boat is free to go over to the port side to begin the job of painting.
Caddets Christopher Gossett and Austin Burneo ready the port side rescue boat for launching.
Hooking up the crane.
Chief Mate Bill Schmid operates the crane.
Carefully the portside rescue boat is lowered level with the main deck.
Holding the lines tightly on the rescue boat allows the crew to get aboard.
Cadets Matthew Teen, Austin Burneo, and Christopher Gossett are the 2nd crew of painters.
Cadet Ryan Carden lowers the second rescue boat into the water.
Lines being handled on deck (attached to the rescue boat)
It is lowered carefully down…..
to the water……and then cast-off.
A short ride away from the ship and then the work begins….
MEANWHILE ON DECK
The capstan is greased by Cadet Jeffrey Lencioni.
Cadet Samuel Mason and Cadet Curtis Shelton repair a broken step.
Cadet Matt Luis and Cadet Lucas Juon are painting the blue on the bow.
And down in the Engine Room…….
Cadet Devin Martin and Cadet Aaron Palmietto monitor the plant.
Cadet Bruce Ivan Condez and Cadet Kylie Howard
Standing Watch Larry Splawn, Cadet Loren Andersen and Cadet Condez.
Engine room quickies….
Bernie Bove at the machine shop lathe..turning out a new brass “Deck Plug”.
At the transfer pumps…
This group is setting up to do some end of the cruise “bilge diving”. Every year we lose quite a few interesting objects into the depths of our bilge spaces. . In addition to lost flash lights, wrenches, nuts and bolts..there are the nuisances..like rags..items that could clog up a bilge pump or even start a fire.
We’ve caught Fay in many different spots, but WE think this may be the best…Fay Plummer between deck plates and shell plates..way way down below!
WELL WISHES…Hey Happy Birthday Katie!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY KATIE STEWART
Today was one of those days that found me taking pictures every where!..it’ll take a week just to show them all…
See you tomorrow with more of today’s shots…
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