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Old conventionals at work

Discussion in 'Cranes' started by Tugger2, Mar 24, 2018.

  1. Tugger2

    Tugger2 Senior Member

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    She was the Sealion built in 1905 in Vancouver BC. Originally steam and converted to an 8 cylinder Enterprise diesel in the 50 s. She worked towing until 1969 after that became a charter yacht until about 5 years ago when she became derelict.
    Her keel was one piece fir 18 X 36 X 120'
    It was a bit tough breaking up such a classy old girl but we saved and directed many artifacts into appreciating hands. P1243007.JPG P1263024.JPG
     
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    This ship was packing over 250 tons of concrete in the bilges and bow and a lump on the port side midships. Some was ballast and some became part of structural repairs on an old ship.
     
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    The main engine on the Ricker was an Akasaka diesel. Heres the flywheel which weighs over 5000 lb.s . It might become a patio table at home. P4112600.JPG
     
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    I'd put legs on that and use it as a welding table forever.
     
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    Its a testament to the guys that built and maintained that boat from 1905 on. The keel sounds impressive also.

    A ship with a tried and true foundation, built by men that knew boats and engines, really exposes the flaws of some of the computer designed gee whiz ships of today.

    The US navy is pushing to decommision at minimum 8 of the lcs ships, the oldest of which set sail in 2008, because among other things, it has a gun they can't afford to shoot, and a engine/ transmission combining gear that conks out whenever the captains says "full speed". It would be funny if it wasn't so sad, or expensive.

    Glad to see you've been busy.
     
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    The best thing about dismantling the Sealion was seeing the care that was put into her maintenance. Every bolt we had to undo had been never seized,no matter where we dug into her. A true testement to men who cared for the boat.And did spend more time undoing things than just ripping and tearing when we could. We came across 1" X 48" silicon bronze bolts holding the engine bed down. As ugly as the work was ,it was an adventure taking her apart.
     
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    What kind of ghosts did you unleash cutting up that old ship?

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    You forgot the galvanic corrosion between the aluminum hull and the steel prop module.
     
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    We found no ghosts we were aware of ,but had some interesting visits from a few oldtimers that crewed on the Sealion.
    The oddest thing we found in the steel boat was all kinds of steel balls rolling around inside the boxed steel keel.
     
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    Slowly whittling her down. Complete engine weighed almost 90000 lbs.2500 HP .350 rpm i believe. P4132595_LI.jpg P4132598.JPG P4142603.JPG
     
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    Engine room almost gone. Just a couple of hundred tons of concrete poured in the midship bilges to contend with. P4292600.JPG
     
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    you know how to have fun :)
     
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    Little bit of crane service with the 35 ton and lifting a caboose with my ls58 91BDAED4-4365-4585-82A4-8E1C83047CF3.jpeg 60F1C488-1FD2-45B4-905B-D1AC622E190A.jpeg 21C2FEFF-E0EE-45E0-8999-346C55D760B1.jpeg
     
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    5620385D-7E8D-4266-9763-53A26EDBFF69.jpeg AB53508B-C27D-4075-846D-151CD0D07F8D.jpeg D1161FAA-B253-4CC5-968F-E055B02F81B2.jpeg 0FC57753-F908-461D-B4D0-41EE2DB90511.jpeg Building a brake band for a 90 ton P&h power down
     
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    Flying parts for the millwrights 6B6EFFAB-2FD5-4B86-A843-8795F231E276.jpeg
     
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    near an airport? :)
     
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    Right across the river from the airport
     
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    which one? I have flown into a few in Oregon. I am usually too busy to notice a mill on short final. Sometimes it is nice to be the passenger.