The NPS has approved our plan. The GLSPS is planning to repair some damage that has occurred in the last two years to the America. The park reviewed the proposed plan and has approved it. The project is planned for September 10-12, a Friday through Sunday. The work will be done using three boats the Heyboy
, and RLT Diver III
. We have room for 14 participants.
In an attempt to use the web to do the project sign-ups I am posting the list of positions and personnel signed up. Members who have work experience will be given preference for the main tasks. Members who have taken the training classes will be given preference for the apprentice positions. Members who applied last year but were turned down for space reasons are on the top of the list. We always try to have 25% new workers. Current First Aid and CPR certification is a strong plus. To sign up email me at email@example.com
and let me know what position you would like to be considered for and what your background and training is. Include in your email your current diving certification level, an estimate of the number of cold water shipwreck dives you have done in the last two years, any GLSPS training classes you have taken, and whether you have a current First Aid and CPR certification. Also let me know if you have any "job skills" in the areas on the job list. Just because there is already a name in the slot does not mean you will not be considered for the position. Many participants can and do fill multiple positions and I will re-arrange people's tasks to fill the needs. Update: The positions have been filled now.
America Project Position Descriptions
- Project Manager – The project manager is in charge of the project. He leads the project planning, makes sure needed equipment and manpower is available, directs the operation, may schedule dives, and is the final decision maker except all decisions are subject to approval by the Safety Officer and Boat Captains.
- Task Manager – On larger projects the project management may be broken up to allow multiple teams to work on different parts of the project. In this case the task manager directs the operation of the team and schedules dives and makes decisions pertaining to his team.
- Safety Officer – In charge of making sure safety protocol is followed. He has the final say in what can be done in the water on site.
- Boat Captains – In charge of safe operation of the boat and operations on the boat. Has the final say on all actions that affect the safety of the boat or passengers.
- Tender for Surface Supplied Divers – In charge of surface communications and hose maintenance with the working diver. There will always be a tender on station when a diver is down.
- Tender for Scuba Divers – In charge of surface communications if communication sets are used, logs in and out times, and is at the platform to relay requests for additional equipment and information, or in case of a problem. He is responsible to help keep the work area orderly.
- Scuba Diver – Does the underwater work using scuba in environments approved for use of scuba to do work.
- Surface Supplied Diver – The underwater worker which uses breathing air supplied from a hose from the surface. He is used in overhead environments.
- Cook – In charge of planning meals, buying, transporting, and preparing food for the crew.
- Machinery Operator – In charge of securing, setting-up, running and maintaining equipment for the project. He must make sure that equipment is in running order before the project begins. Equipment will often include compressors and pumps.
- Craftsman – does the carpentry or metal work on the surface to fashion the pieces needed to do the task underwater.
- Quarter Master – Is in charge of assembling equipment for the project.
- Photographer/Documenter - Is in charge of creating the photographic or video record of the project and the before and after documentation of the changes for the historic record.
- Deck Hand/Gopher – Is the worker who shuttles tanks, equipment, materials etc between the work platform and storage or the machinery area. This position is not necessarily a full time position and is generally a task shared by everyone in his or her off-gassing time.
||# Needed - Names
||# Needed - Apprentices
||1 - Ken Merryman
|Task Manager / Team Leader
||2 -Steve Daniel
||1 - Phil Kerber
||2 - Ken Merryman
|Scuba Dive Team #1
||4- Ken Merryman
|2 - Jerry Erdman
|Tenders – Scuba Team #1
|Scuba Dive Team #2
||4- Steve Daniel
|2 - Bill Wallace
|Tenders – Scuba Team #2
|Scuba Dive Team #3
||4- Ron Johnson
|Tenders – Scuba Team #3
||1 - Bob Nelson
||1 - Ken Knutson
||2 - Ken Knutson
||1 - Tom Brueshaber
||Everyone at a time
|Photographer / Documenter
||Al Brown, Joe Schambers
This year's America
Project was again short on planning and preparation due to being approved fairly late in the season. Although we have been doing this long enough that we can put together an America Project very quickly now. We lost the large spindled support posts on the open after deck over the 2001-2002 winter. The aft upper wall of the engine room shifted to port partially blocking the doorway into the engine room. The spindled newel posts on the grand staircase had been knocked loose and were falling apart and needed some home improvement and the purser's office needed some TLC. Although seeing the America fall apart is very disappointing and fixes are never as good as new, we had another successful repair project and helped keep the America intact another year.
The work was done using three boats the Amarada, Heyboy, and RLT Diver III
and fourteen participants Jamie Qunell, Jerry Erdman, Joe Schambers, Al Brown, Bill Wallace, Harold Rochat, Steve Daniel, Ron Johnson, Ken Knutson, Phil Kerber, Paul Imsland, Bob Nelson, Bob Olson, and Ken Merryman. Our thanks to all of the participants and a special thanks Brian Anderson and Ralph Thorne for making the RLT Diver III
(See project photos at bottom of this page.)
2004 Repair Tasks
This year's project was a short focused set of tasks. We only had a couple of weeks to plan it so keeping it simple was important. Basically we had one full work day and a setup and teardown day. All but one task were completed to some extent. This years tasks were the following:
- Re-install the open afterdeck pillars that fell down sometime in the last three years. This turned out to be a fairly quick job for Bob Olson, Ron Johnson, Joe Schambers, and Al Brown. Joe and Al retrieved the base for one of the spindled pillars out of the debris. The other was still in place. Harold Rochat retrieved the posts and Ron and Bob re-installed them The posts should help support a badly leaning cabin deck.
- Move and refasten the aft wall of the upper engine room that shifted to port this year. Jerry Erdman, Harold Rochat, Jamie Qunell and Ken Merryman managed to move the wall and re-fasten it in position. The wall had shifted to port partially blocking the door from the Social Salon to the upper engine room. It was more collateral damage from the salon cabin roof damage that was believed to be pulled off by a boat anchor in 2001. The missing roof allowed the wall to the engineers quarters to shift a bit and eventually weaken this wall. GLSPS fixed the deck and refastened the joints to the walls in 2001 and 2002, but once things shift it is nearly impossible to move them back perfectly.
- Stabilize the tables in the dining room. This is the only task that we chose not to do. The tables seemed as good as they needed to be for the present.
- Do a Zebra Mussel video survey of the Windigo Dock and Beaver Is Dock. Al Brown and Joe Schambers did a thorough video survey of both docks and found one dead mussel that they believed to be a Zebra Mussel. At least now the park has a baseline on which to base any future surveys.
- Stabilize the purser's office wall and mailboxes in the pursers office that have fallen down. Steve Daniel, Bob Nelson, Phil Kerber and Bill Wallace worked on this task but were disappointed at the deteriorated state of the wood. It was shored up as well as possible using supporting cleats.
- Re-assemble the port side grand staircase lower newel posts. Bob Nelson and Paul Imsland did a nice job re-assembling the newel posts.
- Fix mooring. The park mooring block was upside-down again. We needed to right it with our lift bag. Bob Olson and Phil Kerber made quick work of this task before we headed home.
Although Ken Knutson's head was too stopped up to dive this year, he was and is always the key person to keeping compressors and equipment working and building all the parts and pieces that need building on the surface. He stepped up to be the RLT Diver III boat captain this year when Brian and Ralph couldn't make it. Al and Joe documented the work on video. Bob Nelson fed us well and everyone appreciates a good cook.