Day 51

Work is progressing on the Pea Island’s dry dock, now less than 3 weeks from the finish date.  Most of the hull has been blasted, and the reinstallation of the engine room is underway.

Port side of the cutter, with the 1st coat of anti corrosive paint on the hull.  Some of the areas are still covered for blasting.  The grit from blasting gets everywhere, making a big mess of the yard.

Port side of the cutter, with the 1st coat of anti corrosive paint on the hull. Some of the areas are still covered for blasting. The grit from blasting gets everywhere, making a big mess of the yard.

The starboard side of the ship, with the rudders and fin stabilizers hanging and ready to be installed.

The starboard side of the ship, with the rudders and fin stabilizers hanging and ready to be installed.

All the large machinery has been installed in the engine room, and the piping systems are being fitted to the machinery.  The hole in the hull is to fit the new main engine exhaust piping.

All the large machinery has been installed in the engine room, and the piping systems are being fitted to the machinery. The hole in the hull is to fit the new main engine exhaust piping.

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This post was written by admin on May 5, 2009

Day Three

We’re only starting the third day, and all ready we’re removing items from the engine room, so it can be sand blasted and re-painted.  The “soft patch” covering the engine room has been removed, and the engines themselves are getting pulled.

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This post was written by admin on March 18, 2009

Getting a tow

Not many USCG boats have been pulled by tow trucks…..Here’s the Pea getting pulled into her final docking position for the remainder of the yard period.

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This post was written by admin on March 17, 2009

Dry Dock

We started the routine dry dock of my ship, the Pea Island, today in Tampa, FL.  Here are some photos of her high and dry:

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This post was written by admin on March 16, 2009

The Brown Boobies of Cay Verde

My crew recently spent two weeks patrolling the southern Bahamas, and we spent some time anchored next to Cay Verde.  My Executive Officer and I spent some time exploring the island.  As we soon discovered, the island is inhabited only by birds, lizards, snakes, and crabs.  Brown boobies were nesting all over the island, most tending to a pair of eggs.

There is a small natural bridge on the southwest side of the cay, near the place where we landed.

There is a small natural bridge on the southwest side of the cay, near the place where we landed.

My XO walks along the beach with most of the small cay visible behind him.

My XO walks along the beach with most of the small cay visible behind him.

One of the thousands of nesting boobies all over the island

One of the thousands of nesting boobies all over the island

One of several snakes we saw, all of the same species.  I'm sure they ate well, feeding on bird eggs.  I imagine these snakes are an evasive species which probably arrived by ship at some time in the past.

One of several snakes we saw, all of the same species. I'm sure they ate well, feeding on bird eggs. I imagine these snakes are an evasive species which probably arrived by ship at some time in the past.

Here's the view of the northern side of the island, exposed to the prevailing seas

Here's the view of the northern side of the island, exposed to the prevailing seas

The CGC Pea Island at anchor, with a nesting booby in the foreground

The CGC Pea Island at anchor, with a nesting booby in the foreground

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This post was written by admin on February 4, 2009

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