2001 SS America Project
The GLSPS successfully completed the emergency repair to some major damage on the SS America.
The damage occurred some time between September 2000 and July 1, 2001. Our best guess is that it was caused by anchor damage from a large boat. An area of the Cabin Deck (ceiling to the Social Salon) approximately 10 feet by 8 feet was torn off and slid toward the center of the ship. Other loose pieces of the already collapsed boat deck were also moved. The park decided to approve this emergency repair. The project was completed September 8-10, a Saturday through Monday, using 13 volunteers on three boats the Heyboy, RLT Diver,
and Marge Talk
Thanks to all of the participants who made this one of our more successful America Projects, and a special thanks to Ralph Thorne who runs the RLT Diver for stepping up at the last moment to supply a much needed boat and equipment to help with the project.
Tasks Completed to Repair and Stabilize the Damaged Cabin Deck that formed the Ceiling to the Starboard Forward Corner of the Social Salon
- Reposition the large piece of the roof of Social Salon that was likely torn off by an anchor.
- Fill in the additional the loose deck pieces around the damaged area that we can figure out the location for.
- Stabilize wall between Social Salon and Engineers Quarters that supports the deck
- Measure Monitor Points & re-establish new ones
- Shore up post, & cables that were also damaged (previously done stabilization)
- Inspect & replace pipe hangers that were on the damaged deck on the side of Social Salon.