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Video- Building The New Grand Banks Dories With Geno Mondello, Sunken Schooner Esperanto Salvaged Ships Bell

This Morning (Saturday June 5th) The International Dory Race Eliminations are being held at Niles Beach.  They start at 8:30AM.

Besides being a fantastic event, it may be your last opportunity to wish Jimmy T well before he shoves off as a “fish inspector” down in the Gulf.;)

Here’s video taken just this week of the new Grand Banks Dories being built for the International Dory Group here in Gloucester.  They are adding 3 more dories to the many dories that you are able to use for a simple $50 yearly fee.

There’s also a huge bell in this video which was salvaged from the Schooner Esperanto which you may find interesting.

Schooner Esperanto

From The Website of Tom Welch which has much more information here

Gloucester Fishing Schooner, “Esperanto”, 1920

Captain “Marty” Welch

The schooner Esperanto was designed by Tom McManus of Boston, built by Tarr and James Shipbuilders of Essex, Massachusetts, and launched on June 27, 1906. Esperanto was 107 feet long, 25 feet wide, and 11 feet deep. Esperanto’s gross weight was 140 tons, and her net weight was 91 tons. She was named for the international language of Esperanto, which means literally “the hoping one”.

Despite the highly dangerous nature of fishing in the north Atlantic from sailing vessels, and the terrible death toll that resulted, there was only one life lost on Esperanto. On 17 March 1916, crewman John Burnham of Gloucester was knocked overboard by the main boom, and drowned.

On May 30, 1921, just months after winning the International Fisherman’s Schooner Race in Halifax, Esperanto struck the submerged wreck of the “S. S. State of Virginia” off Sable Island, and sank. The crew manned Esperanto’s dories and rowed away, and were eventually rescued. The skipper on that trip was Capt. Tom Benham. Isaiah Gosbee, the cook from the 1920 races, was among those aboard Esperanto that day.

Attempts were made to salvage Esperanto, and she was actually raised by pontoons several times, but each time she slipped beneath the waves again. After a month of attempts, the efforts to raise her had caused such damage that the salvage operation was reluctantly halted.

Source

Marine Construction-Sheet Pilings On the Essex Causeway

Not all pilings serve the same purpose.  Shown below is sheet piling.  They are driven into the shore vertically to create bulkheads. 

Marine Construction-Sheet Pilings On the Essex Causeway, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

The neat thing about sheet pilings to me is the way they interlock at the top during the pile driving process.  In this photo you can see how they interconnect-

The men operating the cranes lift one section of sheet piling way up in the air so they can line up the two pieces that will be lined up next to each other and guide the one piece that is supported by the crane so the slot lines up with the one that is already driven into place.  This is a pretty dangerous job as they can weigh several tons each.  Keeping fingers clear is obviously very important (well said Captain obvious). 

Interconnected Sheet Pilings

Once the crane operator has the two pieces of sheet pilings lined up they drive them down into the sediment along the shore until they hit resistance.  They have hydraulic hammers which vibrate the sheetpilings down so that the fill which is placed behind the newly created bulkhead will not seep out from underneath.

 

Once all the pilings are driven to resistence they will be cut off evenly at the top and the newly created bulkhead will be back filled.

To view previous posts about marine construction you can click the Marine Construction category I’ve built over the years from oither local projects.

Finally here is a video of sheet pile driving in action-

Hydraulic Pile Driver

This hydraulic pile driver was laying on the side of the road on the Essex Causeway.  I imagine they are doing work on to get the marinas in the Essex River ready for boating season.  To give you an idea of how it works I found this cool graphic on the Powerquip Industrial Co website.

For those of you who don’t know what a pile driver is (no, it’s not a hemorrhoid removal technique), it hammers pilings into the ground for support to build on top of.  The harbor is a place where you see many piling supported buildings.

You can click this text to see pictures of Hydraulic Pile Drivers in use in different applications.

Pile Driver, originally uploaded by captjoe06.


Cruiseport Construction Update 2/27/09

Here is another shot from the Cruiseport Restaurant Construction Update series that I’ve been chronicling from foundation to it’s current state.  There will be a slideshow on GoodMorningGloucester showing the work in slides from excavating through the present condition in at 10AM today.

 

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