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Notes from Terry Orme, the owner who is presently restoring this historic war ship:
Thank you, those are some good ideas. I'll get you some pictures. Since we have obtained the ship in Nov. 05, we have actually got much done and have found some missing pieces that had been removed from the ship by it's last couple owners.
The most important procuring the original exhaust manifolds that had been removed from the ship about 6 years before we got the ship. They had been piled up in an Astoria scrap yard at the Port of Astoria. Luckily we were able to re obtain these before the soaring of metal prices as they would assuredly been scrapped. They are in complete intact condition, just some dents on the outer cooling surface from being moved around with a forklift before we got them.
The next substantial item we have procured is our Ship's Service Aux. Gen. set. We actually found an exact original (one of about 300 made) of the last operating S.S. Gen. Set. used on HP. It is a John Deere Luger Motor with 50 KW capability made by Alaska Electric in 1979. Alaska Electric had developed cooling apparatus so these JD Luger motors could be sea water cooled. HP had one installed in 1981, they are identical. Same motor type and cast. Even our Generator side is a Marathon which is superseded from Lima. The original was a Lima. What's nice about this is when reinstalled, the exhaust, cooling, and fuel lines are all in the same place as it's always easier to just reconstruct and not redesign. Resulting in a more original finished result.
I have a Perkins six cylinder 75 KW Gen. Set. that we will trade for an original Detroit Diesel 6v71 like the type used on HP. A much easier item to find. We will remove the Perkins when we install the John Deere.
HP has it's original 12v71 and outdrive / transmition.
Lastly for the larger items needed, I have had contact with the Hovercraft group in England, they have about 70 original Hovercraft. One member of this group has about 9 extra Proteus Motors. These things are considered surplus in England. So all the major parts have been found, coming or know where are.
I have started to refurbish some of the fuel system. The two main fuel pumps that draw fuel from the aft tank to distribute to the fuel system have completely been refurbished. I have also started to refurbish some fuel lines / fixtures.
I have located the microfiche and much original manuals from the last owner. So now we pretty much have all the original printed operating material. Most importantly re obtaining the diesel / fuel system manuals.
We have repaired the lifelines around the stern and Port side with original stantions of of PLAIN VIEW. Done some major paint preparation work on the deck including getting all of the non skid up. We have reinstalled some of the bunks in the crew area. Cleaned and organized.
Probably one of the most important things I have found for the ship, as you know is it's last original operating NAVY Chief Fred Nachbar and one of the Engine men that also served on HP Randy Tacey. This brings me to the point of you last inquiry. Am I geography limited? My objective is to have the ship around it original operating area and it's original people. This being said, until all other ideas are exhausted I would not consider say San Diego.
From Michelle Johnson to IHS December 23, 2014:
Hello my father was stationed on the High Point and the Tucumcari during the Vietnam era. I have tons of photos of them. Would u like to see them? I would be happy to share.
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