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    I can't think of a better spot for this, but the ARM Manuel Azueta (D-111) was retired on July 3 by the Mexican Navy. She was previously the Hurst (DE-250)

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    Ok so i'm trying to figure out what you guys have done . So you have:

    (4) 16 Cylinder Main Diesels
    (2) 8 Cylinder SSGs
    (2) 3 Cylinder Emergency Generators

    What all do you have up and running currently? I know atleast one 8 cyl and one 3 but what about any of the 16s have you gotten one operatiional yet (I know last time I asked that was in the works.

    Any vids of that "lil" 3 cylinder running?

    As always thanks for the pics/info/videos!
    RIP Charles "Bob" Spence. 1936-2014.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 85 gt kid View Post
    Ok so i'm trying to figure out what you guys have done . So you have:
    (4) 16 Cylinder Main Diesels
    (2) 8 Cylinder SSGs
    (2) 3 Cylinder Emergency Generators
    What all do you have up and running currently? I know atleast one 8 cyl and one 3 but what about any of the 16s have you gotten one operatiional yet (I know last time I asked that was in the works.
    Any vids of that "lil" 3 cylinder running?
    As always thanks for the pics/info/videos!
    Let me see if I can condense the status into a somewhat coherent list.
    The ship's main service generating engine (8-278) has been up and running for a number of years. But was not cooling through the "sea chest". During her dry-docking the sea chest were opened up and the most recent change was getting that up and running with the cooling lines drawing and discharging the intended and original way.
    The Emergency generating engine (the 3 cyl) was also redone some time ago and continues to function.
    Of the 4 main propulsion engines (the 16-278 GM/Cleveland's)
    in Aft Engineering (B-3), Main #4 was rebuilt and turned over with some minor glitches and work continues.
    Main #3 is a work in progress.
    in Forward Engine room (B-1) Main's #1 & #2 are on the list for future work. All of the main's were checked in the past with
    compressed air to see if the were "free turning" and workable. They were!
    The work on the main engines, while ongoing did suffer a significant set-back when as she was leaving the shipyard last Spring we lost our lead and most talented Engineer, Gus Negus! The fact that the Main Service Engine looks and functions as it does was because of Gus.
    Although the goal or her engines turning those screws is a daunting and "not tomorrow" task, it is still a goal! Even though there is a significant uphill path in the way, you will never stop a bunch of determined old sailors!

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    Thanks Doc! Can't wait to hear and/or see one of those mains run!
    RIP Charles "Bob" Spence. 1936-2014.

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    Thank you very much Chris for that information!

    Gt Kid - Doc is pretty much beat me to it with your answer! I'll just go a bit (sorta) more in depth per say. From this link you can see a good view of our deck plan; If you view "2nd Platform" you'll see exactly where every bit of main equipment are located on the lower levels of our Engine & Motor rooms. Deck Plan Index - Virtual Tour

    In regards to our 3 Cyl Emergency generators; The one we have running (Located in B-4 the Aft Motor Room) is that one does not start via compressed air rather by Battery power.
    So what we have completely operational at the present are as Doc said the 8 Cyl SSG in B-3 the Aft Engine Room, and the 3 Cyl in B-4. Plus we also like to say for the sake of it our Whaleboat Engine too .
    Pertaining to the mains - One of the main hold ups are the lube oil. You may remember how in the yard we wanted to blank off the oil pan to the large sump directly below the engine right? The reason for that is the lube oil sumps for the main engines are in fact SKIN TANKS. The concern per say aside from them being clean is should any moisture build up under the oil as a result of Humidity etc. etc. that would be water sitting against the hull which we don't want. In fact back when they did the initial water blast during our yard period last year & I'll quote from April 14' SIGNALS "The tank cleaning crew started on the aft tanks under C-201L when they decided that they needed to shift to the engine rooms because one of the holes they blew in the washdown was the day tank under the forward shipís service generator. When we got the yard estimate for tank cleaning we didnít figure in the four main engine sumps and the two generator day tanks. All of these are skin tanks, and to avoid the possibility of punching a hole into them and dropping any oil, they had to be cleaned."


    Then from the May 15' Signals "The plans to get number four main are on hold. It seems the lube oil system takes suction from a skin tank located below the sump. Since we had all those tanks cleaned in the yard, we hate to put any oil back in them. That means we have to reconfigure the whole lube oil system, and figure out how to blank off that skin tank, which appears impossible because of the baffles in the tank. Some places we need to get to are inaccessible. " Though don't let deter you....there still has been brainstorming going on to try and figure out how to get around that. We don't give up easily.

    I know I have this video taken during the return trip from the shipyard visit last year, I'll see if i can dig up additional videos of it - Clip of the 3 Cyl running during the trip back up river

    Hope that helps in addition to the great info Doc included prior to me!

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    On to August 8th...Full set are available here. including more views of Matt climbing the mast - 2015 USS Slater Aug 8th - an album on Flickr

    None of the shipfitters where present that day so not much occurred, the main mission of the day was take down what remained of the broke upper forestay from the top of the mast

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    Taking it down; was simply attached via cotter pin & bolt -

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    Matt welds the Dummy RDF to the plate that will be used for it's base while Earl does grinding on part of the smoke generator -

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    As always full set from the day are available in the link - 2015 USS Slater Aug 10th - an album on Flickr


    The Longwire antenna support went back in place -

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    Dummy RDF is almost to it's intended home -

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    93 year old Chief Clark does some brazing for Sheedy -

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    We got some cleaning done to try & remove a pesky rust streak...yup that's me scrubbing away -

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    While the engineers work on repiping fuel lines -

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    How to spend 70th Anniversary of VJ-Day aboard SLATER

    Full set of photos are in the link, includes additional views of work on the RDF, more testing of the submersible pump off of BARRY DD 933, more of the Swan and even other stuff too -

    2015 USS Slater Aug 15th - an album on Flickr

    Some of the final welding on the platform... If you look closely you may be able to make out it's the dummy RDF, then the circular plate it's welded to then after that there's a square plate followed by the top of the platform itself. Why so many layers you ask? Well the circular plate is being bolted to the platform itself rather welded (the squre plate is what's beign welded in place) The reason behind that is incase down the road we want to make the dummy RDF a bit more accurate it can be taken back down and have gears etc. added that way it could rotate. So re welding some of the handrails back into place after getting the center line stanchion straightened -

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    Nelson & Bill take a look at an emergency Oxygen kit recovered from BARRY DD 933 -

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    Barry & two of helpers prepare to test a submersible pump recovered from the Ex. BARRY DD 933 -

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    Lower away...the pump did work too, in the link above it can be seen in action. Chose this picture though because in the foreground you can see the deck gang had got the BP Probe hung from the boom -

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    Last but not least...we fed a visitor that has never been seen up on the Hudson this far previously...at least out of everyone aboard that day..in the link my #SSS picture can be seen (For the sake it I'll ask...any idea what SSS may stand for? )

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    To the top! Any spring time updates??
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    Quote Originally Posted by SlaterDoc View Post

    Quote Originally Posted by 85 gt kid View Post
    Ok so i'm trying to figure out what you guys have done . So you have:

    (4) 16 Cylinder Main Diesels
    (2) 8 Cylinder SSGs
    (2) 3 Cylinder Emergency Generators

    What all do you have up and running currently? I know atleast one 8 cyl and one 3 but what about any of the 16s have you gotten one operatiional yet (I know last time I asked that was in the works.

    Any vids of that "lil" 3 cylinder running?

    As always thanks for the pics/info/videos!


    Let me see if I can condense the status into a somewhat coherent list.
    The ship's main service generating engine (8-278) has been up and running for a number of years. But was not cooling through the "sea chest". During her dry-docking the sea chest were opened up and the most recent change was getting that up and running with the cooling lines drawing and discharging the intended and original way.
    The Emergency generating engine (the 3 cyl) was also redone some time ago and continues to function.
    Of the 4 main propulsion engines (the 16-278 GM/Cleveland's)
    in Aft Engineering (B-3), Main #4 was rebuilt and turned over with some minor glitches and work continues.
    Main #3 is a work in progress.
    in Forward Engine room (B-1) Main's #1 & #2 are on the list for future work. All of the main's were checked in the past with
    compressed air to see if the were "free turning" and workable. They were!
    The work on the main engines, while ongoing did suffer a significant set-back when as she was leaving the shipyard last Spring we lost our lead and most talented Engineer, Gus Negus! The fact that the Main Service Engine looks and functions as it does was because of Gus.
    Although the goal or her engines turning those screws is a daunting and "not tomorrow" task, it is still a goal! Even though there is a significant uphill path in the way, you will never stop a bunch of determined old sailors!

    Any more progress to report on these efforts to restore ship's propulsion capability?
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    Well, as has been said and still is true "it ain't gonna be no quick trip to underway"!
    Although, there is a very good reason for that, in addition to the shortage of qualified engineers.
    Our guys have throughout the ship decided and followed through with leaving no stone "or pebble" unturned" Every system that is in those engine rooms will get a complete goin over and a rebuild.
    To that end, there are many systems. Plus, our engineers have more than just the mains and propulsion to work on and maintain.
    There are also a number of other divisions at work and some of it in the engine rooms. That work tends to put the engineers to other areas while theirs gets a little crowded.
    The RPI Midshipmen have been busy rebuilding and repairing the Fire Mains.
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    Then they can get back in there and work on the compressor
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    There there is the maintenance needed on the emergency generating engine
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    Finally, there is a little time to get back to work on Main #4
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    Any updates guys? I can't believe i haven't checked in this long!
    RIP Charles "Bob" Spence. 1936-2014.

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    Updates are on their Facebook page

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