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APALACHEE Work detail, April 27th to May 1st, 2009


Many Kudos to Sandy Schwaab, George Staples, Gary Domnisse, Vinny Fratritta, Ed Anderson, Doug O'Dell, Jim Flynn, Wally Randolph, and Tim O'Dell, for their exhausting efforts aboard Apalachee getting her ready to sail.

Below are a few photos and videos of the ship and some of the work being conducted. We accomplished a LOT.


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First things first


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Ed and George discuss deck tasks


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Lunch on the mess deck


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Sandy & Ed on mess deck


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Doug with rigid impact snake, cleaning stack drain


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Master of fixing stuck dogging mechanisms


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Jim Flynn made the galley shine


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Forward hold about half way through cleanup


The Apalachee probably had 20 years accumulation of miscellaneous junk strewn everywhere. In one mere week a crew of nine was able to remove it all and clean all spaces and make her presentable. She does still need fresh paint.

On board bridge and navigation equipment includes one working VHF radio, one working radar, one Loran-C unit, and one place where the compass used to be. Don't know where that disappeared to because it was there back in January. 

Donated equipment include one Eagle DSC Marine VHF radio, two handheld marine VHF radios, and four GMRS/FRS UHF handheld radios. We have the use of two GPS navigation systems. Thanks to CGTA members for the loans and the donations.

We do need a magnetic compass (steel boat type). If anyone should care to provide one the CGTA would be most appreciative. Donations are tax deductible.

In the week we were there a great deal of the scheduled work was completed. However there is still a lot to do. We were able to have our bilges pumped out to the tune of around 3,000 gallons. Gray water tanks will need to be cleared also. 

Restoring fresh water service is a work in progress. We pressurized the system twice only to discover pipe leaks. With some expert DC work we were able to secure them. We should be able to stop chasing leaks on our next trip to Apalachee and get'er done. 

Thursday we fired up the port SS generator. She purred like kitten. The same with the port main engine. Both ran smooth, no knocks and the exhaust ran clean. Success! Due to time constraints we had to postpone test firing the starboard engines.

Steering and rudder tests were conducted without a hitch as well as spinning the screw. Dockside trials were a success.

Other tasks that were done are, clear boat deck of towing hawser & tripping hazards, rig aft & main halyards,  inventory lazarette & Bos’n stores,  fill port water tank, clean S/S generator filters & mount,  sound all tanks (fuel, oil, H2O),  and test and service reefers.

Want List

Magnetic Compass (steel boat) - 15 type I PDF life jackets w/whistles and lights - 6 type III/V work vests - 15 to 25 man Inflatable Life Raft (new or recently tested & certified) - Four large ship fenders - 4 – 30”, Int. Orange Ring Life Buoys, 2 RLB water lights - 12 hand-held red parachute flares (or 12, 12-guage Olin red flares).

If anyone would wish to donate any of these items remember they are 100% tax deductible.


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All in all we had a very productive week. The CGTA would like to thank Sandy Schwaab, George Staples, Gary Domnessi, Jim Flynn, Ed Anderson, Vinny Frittitta, Doug O'Dell, Tim O'Dell and Walt Randolph, for their exhaustive efforts in cleaning up the Apalachee and servicing and testing her engineering systems.


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Tied up at Cleveland Shiprepair

Apalachee - at Cleveland Ship repair,

Cuyahoga River

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Tied up at Cleveland Shiprepair
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Some great photos taken by Apalachee CO Dave Cunningham's wife Cathy as she transited the Welland Canal

More Apalachee Photos by Cathy Cunningham

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Above photos by renowned marine photographer Paul Beesley of 

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Above photos by Jeff Thoreson


USCG Cutter Apalachee enters Cleveland harbor accompanied by the Coast Guard Auxiliary
The Apalachee approaches the Coast Guard pier – the Neah Bay and Goodtime III are visible in the background
The Apalachee ties up at the Coast Guard moorings at the foot of East Ninth Street
The Apalachee was moved to Port Authority Dock 28, just west of Cleveland Browns Stadium, on Monday, June 1st

Above Photographs Copyright © 2009 John D. Hays and Denise A. Hunyadi
Copyright © 2005-2009 Great Lakes Titanic Society. All rights reserved.


April Work Party 2010 - Photos by Chris O'Dell
Sandy Schwaab, Bob Gesking, Doug O'Dell, Ken Frische, Tim O'Dell, Chris O'Dell


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Sandy Schwaab


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Ken Frische


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Old Battery


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Old Battery


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View from the Apalachee - Cleveland at night


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Tim, Sandy and Ken in the RV


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Views from the Apalachee


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