TO HAVE YOUR SHIP IN A
REEF, YOUR CREW HAS TO BE A PART OF THE EFFORT
that represents the ships history or provides interest to divers will
be protected. Many may already be removed, like the ships Wheel,
Bell, Captain's Chair, and Compass. Items like Hand Wheels, Port Holes,
and Gauges will be removed and sold as mementos to raise money or given
to volunteers to recognize their efforts.
Former crew member assistance is very valuable in making the ships
history available. Before scuttling the ship, tours will be conducted
on the ship to show everyone where all things are. Former crew members
would be be very helpful here.
A time capsule on board will contain the names and signatures of
her crew members, the volunteers that help prepare her, the donors who
helped and the ships history. Every 10 years the capsule will be opened
to add to her history.
for ashes will be provided so crew members can be together for ever and
divers will supply a service without charge.
It is also desirable to have a place close by on dry land to form a
museum reflecting the ships history can be displayed in a brochure that
would include the ships history. It is also desirable to have all of
the former crew members can be listed.
In preparing the ship, the existing contents of the fuel tanks will be
removed and usable oil will be sold. The tanks will then be cleaned,
filled with water and sealed. Those used in scuttling the ship will be
re-opened later where sea water can circulate and divers can enter.
Hydraulic fluid lines, reservoirs, accumulators, equipment containing
PCB's (including transformers and switches) will be removed. The cost
of removing wire is recouped by its salvage repayment. Removal of
Asbestos is not required after many tests have shown it is not harmful
to sea life, unless of course chunks are lose and can be considered
junk in the sea.
The height of masts are restricted to about the height of the highest
deck. Booms will be laid on the deck. Non-structural bulkheads will be
removed too allow more light in. All paint chips will be cleaned off,
all oily dirt removed, all light fixtures will be removed.
Finally holes, a minimum of 4 feet by 4 feet will be cut where ever
needed, for water to circulate and divers to enter. Maps will be made
to show where the holes are and signs placed every where so divers will
know where they are.
Each crew member is invited to help convert their
ship into a memorial that makes the public aware of her service to our
nation. Please help sell this concept to the public, to our state and
local leaders and politicians. Each crew member that can come forth to
help their ship become a monument should also work to have there ship
mates and congressmen insist their ship not be made into razor blades.
the ship can instead make money and honor those who made this country