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NOV 2018

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H MARINE EPOXY H ow do you get a six-million-pound (2.7 million kg) U.S. Nav y ship on a tight budget onto land for much-needed maintenance? W hile this may sound like a riddle, it's the challenge that the Bremerton Historic Ships Association recently faced. ‚e association, based in Seattle, Washington, uses the USS Turner Joy as a ƒoating museum to teach students and tourists about the ship's history. It also o…ers hands-on lessons in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to local third- through eighth-grade students. ‚e Turner Joy, which is a 418-foot-long (127.4 m) famous Nav y destroyer, was Œrst launched in 1958, commissioned in 1959, and spent its entire career in the PaciŒc Ocean. It's most famously recognized as one of the principal ships involved in the Gulf of Tonkin incident in 1964, which heightened United States involvement in the Vietnam War. ‚e vessel needs to be dry docked at least once every two decades, and it was last brought on land in 2001. Bremerton Historic Ships Association began fundraising to obtain the funds needed for this expensive undertaking. It took several years and many partners, but they succeeded. ‚ey chose Lake Union Drydock Company in Seattle to perform the needed maintenance and coating to continue to preserve the hull. Edging Forward "W hile this is a U.S. Nav y Ship, it is now privately owned, so we can't use a Nav y shipyard for this work," explained John Hanson, president of Bremerton Historic Ship Association. "At the same time, we need a dry dock that is big enough to hold such a huge ship that is also a…ordable for a nonproŒt. We chose Lake Union, who did this work for us in 2001. ‚ey are just great people to work with — there is no better." Lake Union, which has about 150 employees, will celebrate its 100-year anniversary in 2019. "We are very proud of reaching this anniversary," said The USS Turner Joy, owned by the Bremerton Historic Ships Association, was in dire need of help. The floating museum was last brought to land in 2001 and needed to be prepped and recoated. The L ake Union D r ydock Comp any crew completed the 3½ week-long project, which included 26,250 square feet (2,438.7 m 2 ) of underwater hull, ~2,000 square feet (185.8 m 2 ) of boottop, and 6,300 square feet (585.3 m 2 ) of freeboard hull. Feature 50 NOVEMBER 2018 COATINGSPROMAG.COM BY KRISTEN PETERSON PHOTOS COURTESY BREMERTON HISTORIC SHIP ASSOCIATION Anchors Aweigh: Coating a Floating Museum STEEL

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