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Volunteer Log, 2007

Our volunteers are important to much of the work that has been completed, to much of the work to be done, and to the positive spirit of the project.

Dan the man

CJ polishing the copper water tank

Dan, cleaning up. CJ polishing the copper water tank.
Stranding line dance Asak painting the waterline

The line dance as volunteers destrand 8-stranded line to use in fender making.

Asaf painting the waterline.

30 May 2007: Avery Schneider came to work as a deckhand for us. it was a sad day when Avery went back to callege in August. The volunteers have handled the worst jobs, like mucking out the crank case of the main engine and countless other chores that many would shrink from. The photos below show Avery, Jay, and Jonathan cleaning the engine room and the engine.

Avery Schneider Jay and the crankcase
Avery Schneider. Jay and the crankcase.
Jonathan Moving from Pier 62
Jonathan. Getting onboard from Pier 62.

20 October 2006: Completed installing the stanchion and railing system on the boatdeck. It's always pleasant to be outside in good weather, and Dan and Charlie helped Charlie Deroko install the first pieces.

The stanchion posts were cast from a pattern acquired by Gerry Weinstein from the auction of the Ira S. Bushey and Sons Shipyard in Red Hook, Brooklyn, when they went out of business. Gerry generously donated the casting of 50 stanchion posts for the Tug Pegasus.

Donald Strittmatter, of the Ideal Supply Company, generously donated 300' of one-inch pipe to use for the railings. They were cast by White Marine in Perth Amboy, NJ.

Klaus Schmidt, an architect friend, helped us determine the best way to fasten the stanchion posts onto the boat. Klaus donated his drawing to the Tug Pegasus Preservation Project. Klaus's work can also be seen in the Tug Art section of this site.

Pegasus railing sketch The start of the railing
Dan and Charlie help Charlie Deroko install the first pieces of the railing system.
Oak stern
Pegasus railing sketch by Klaus Schmidt. Clamping the last of the oak-edge planking in the stern of the boatdeck.
Warren George Inc. yard and the stern Charlie and the railings
A wider view of the oak boatdeck stern at the Warren George, Inc., yard. Charlie Deroko supervising.
Stanchions clamped to the deck New railings and stanchions in place
Stanchions clamped to the deck. New railings and stanchions in place.
2 October 2006: Pier 62 was getting torn down so we moved to Morris Canal in Jersey City, NJ. No stranger to Morris Canal, the tug settled into this nice quiet creek. The berth here is donated by Tony Tirro of Warren George, Inc. Happily, our workers made the trip to the canal and continued to do good work. (Photos by Jay Holmes.)
Dan Hamburg, Eric Borrer, Matt Umanov and Jonathan Atkin Greyhairs try to take apart the anchor
Dan Hamburg, Eric Borrer, Matt Umanov and Jonathan Atkin. Greyhairs try to take apart the anchor.
Dave in the engine room with Matt and Pam Bruce Rosenkrantz and Jonathan
Dave in the engine room with Matt and Pam. Bruce Rosenkrantz and Jonathan.
Coming into Jersey City Pam in the unfinished wheelhouse
Coming into Jersey City. Pam in the unfinished wheelhouse.
On the way into the Morris Canal One of the yachts with which Tug Pegasus shares the Morris Canal
On the way into the Morris Canal. One of the yachts with which Tug Pegasus shares the Morris Canal.

 The foc'sle deck, below, was covered by a nasty 1/4” material fastened with many tiny, tenacious boat nails. Upon removing that covering, we found some nice-looking wood, mostly long-leaf yellow pine.

Dave Black and his friend Don took all 46 boards, some of them 16’ long, up to his house and sanded them on both sides. After varnishing them there, Dave brought them down to the boat and we laid them out on Pier 62. The top side was pretty dark. The underside was little used and light and lovely. We capsized the lot of them and put them in place. Remarkably, they all fit!

The deck is fabulous looking. We are grateful to Dave for creating such a beautiful part of the Pegasus.

Dave putting the deck back together Dave on deck
Dave putting the deck back together. Dave standing on his work.
Deck without Dave
Dave's deck (without Dave).
Much of the work time is spent doing unremarkable things like maintaining the engine; and wire wheeling everything; steel repair, which Shafiek is doing; or just plain cleaning.
Matt working on the engine Shafiek cutting for the companionway
Matt working on the engine. Shafiek cutting for the companionway.
Jay wire-wheeling a bunk Pam cleaning
Jay wire-wheeling a bunk. Pam cleaning.

March 06 2006: North Cove welcomed us for their winter months, donating a berth, but in the spring it was time to go. Robert Conroy from the Tug Jupiter in Philadelphia came to visit and then came along as we moved the Pegasus from North Cove to Pier 63 Maritime.

John Krevey let us stay there until the Hackensack moved out of our berth at Pier 62, North River. That berth was donated by Chelsea Piers from 2002–2006. (Robert Conroy took the next four photos.)

Pegasus tied up at North Cove Engineer Matt working on the electrical panel
Pegasus tied up at North Cove. Engineer Matt working on the electrical panel.
Matt and Jonathan Captain Pam at the helm

Matt and Jonathan.

Captain Pam at the helm.
Conroy, Jonathan, and Bruce Jennie and Bruce underway
Conroy, Jonathan, and Bruce underway. Jennie and Bruce underway.
Matt and Pam Captain Pam and Pegasus

Chief Engineer Matt and Captain Pam.

Pegasus in the background, Captain Pam in the foreground.
25 December 2005: Our "Chief" Matt got some Ft. Schuyler cadets to volunteer in the engine room of the Pegasus. They came every Saturday until they had to go take a long trip on a big ship, the Empire State. (Photos by Stephenie Hollyman.)
Cadets in the engine room Cadet in the engine room
Cadets in the engine room. One cadet tucked away in the engine room.
Matt, Glenn, and Ho Pegasus's Christmas card
Matt, Glenn, and Ho. And then it was Christmas.
18 October 2005: Just before we left the shipyard to return to our berth at Pier 62, North River, Lucy Ambrosino and Ari Van Tol show up to present us with a check towards our Maritime Adventure Program. The Port Authority of NY/NJ have continued to support our summer youth programming. (Photo by Michael Dombrowski, PANY/NJ.)
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey gives us a check
Lucy Ambrosino and Ari Van Tol show up to present us with a check from the Port Authority of NY/NJ.
12 August 2005: Tug Pegasus was moved of f her blocks and relaunched with her new hull. Hull Restoration, 2003 shows the the expensive work done on the hull at Garpo Marine Services in Tottenville, Staten Island, NY. (Photos by Don Sutherland)
Adrien and Pam at Garpo Marine Launched from Garpo Marine Services
Adrien and Pam at Garpo Marine. Launched from Garpo Marine Services.

30 July 2005: Our last year in the shipyard brought lots of volunteer activity. Dave Black was a big part of that, replacing the rotten tongue-and-groove with the new, beautiful, clear pine tongue-and- groove. Adrien and Owen, "the Oak Boys," installed the oak-edge planking around the boat deck. This provided an anchor for the future stanchion post and railing system.

The oak and pine were donated by the Abraham and Lillian Rosenberg Foundation.

Dave and Bill Owen and the oak-edge planking
Dave and Bill installing tongue-and-groove planking around the deckhouse. Owen and the oak-edge planking.
Dave with nailgun Caulking around the edging
Dave with a nailgun and primed and red-leaded planking. Caulking around the edging.
Adrien with edging painted with red lead Dave and boards
Adrien with edging painted with red lead. Dave and red-leaded tongue-and-groove.
What a corner looks like before painting The edging after red-leading
What a corner looks like before painting. The edging after red-leading.
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