Lightship # 116-538 CHESAPEAKE


80's Lightship

Dry Dock 1986

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Dry Dock 1986
A panoramic view of the Chesapeake at Sparrows Point ship yard in Feb-March 1986. This is the last time she was permitted to sail as a part of Operation Sail, due to some bad press claiming her crew used City funds to make her voyages by the Sun Papers. The ship actually used sponsors such as Trailways and Budwisor to help buy her fuel, and the crew was mostly volunteer. She was then denied a second layer of plating making her sea worthy by the City Controller. A rivet had failed in her hull under a dripping sanitary pump, and a sounding tape eventually punched a small hole in her hull. This was the end of her ambassadorship for Baltimore City, along the East Coast.
Posted on November 18, 2009 Full Size| Slideshow



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9:51 PM on February 20, 2010 
Great photo!
As time has revealed, double plating a museum ships hull is a cheap repair, but eventually it results in more significant deterioration to the hull and much more expensive repairs later.