Thursday, November 13, 2014
Sundays drill and training mission was going after the sinker mount. We did the same as last year using a 500 pound lift bag and the winch on the front of the dive truck. We tried to pull the whole thing up but it was to much.
Big Joe and mike and greg work the main mount and Joe OJ and linda worked a new mount just 30 feet away. Joe and Linda filled a large sinker tube. After three hours in the water we called it a day and came away with 194.2 pounds of sinkers.
Tow boat US started working on getting the Miss Point Pleasant to be broken up and pulled from the water. Today they drain the all the fuel from the tanks. They will be waiting a few days for the tides to come around and give they more time and day light! Maybe on the week end or maybe Monday..
A few years ago I had the job of recovering the bodies of two fishermen from a fishing boat that sank. I had to dive on it two other times after that to plug fuel lines and stop oil from leaking out.
On one of those dives I recovered the ships bell and It has been long enough to bring it out to show it. Big Joe built a stand for it and I finish it today.
This will be going with the team when we do our public display for everyone to see!
Monday, October 06, 2014
Sunday the team took down to the New Jersey Maritime museum the ship hull planks that Capt Jerry found on the beach of bay head. The dive team did some work on them and they were just too big for us to show or store. So the museum was the place to put them, this way everyone could see and touch the planks and dream of what it was like in those long gone years of the sailing ships.
The New Jersey Maritime Museum is located in Beach Haven N.J., you can go on line to www.NJMaritimeMuseum.org to check it out and get museum hours and directions. This is a free museum there is no cost to get in, but contributions are welcome. No matter what you are, beachcomber or diver or someone who want to know more about N.J. maritime history this is a must for you to see!
We would have loved to keep them and do something with them, but what? The museum is the place for them.
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
But due to the low amount of natural insulation material covering the “Chrome Dome” (see above photo) I have elected to write a check instead of having somebody dumping some cold water on my head….
The check is written and ready to be mailed but instead to the ALS foundation, which I am sure is a fine effort to find a cure or treatment for ALS, I have decided to make the check out to the Point Pleasant Rescue Dive Team instead for I know of the team’s history of saving lives and public service…
At this time the pending amount of the check is $100 but I will increase the check an additional $50 for a total of $150 to the Dive Team if the following challenge is accepted and the correct answer is provided within the 24 hour time frame….
Challenge to the recent Dive Team Rescue Diver graduates
For an additional $50 donation to the Dive Team: Name the medical condition of when somebody is submerged in cold water and their heart rate is decreased considerably. This condition or “reaction” to the cold water has resulted in small children being revived after 20 to 30 minutes after drowning in cold water with little or no negative effects. Name this condition\reaction and describe what part of the body is involved causing this reaction to the cold water… (No calling Chief diver and buying him a 7-eleven 24oz. to get the answer)
Sunday, August 03, 2014
The sea holds many mysteries. Sometimes it decides to share one.
On a beautiful summer day Jerry was walking along the beach with his granddaughter when he happened upon 2 large wooden planks. Taking a closer look he could see these were no ordinary pieces of wood. These were from the hull of a wooden sailing ship.
Each of the planks is three inches thick. One is seven feet long and weighs 200 lbs and the other is over 10 feet long weighing in at almost 250 lbs.. Each plank still holds the original treenails used to build the ship.
A treenail or trunnel, is a wooden peg or pin used to fasten pieces of wood together, especially in wooden shipbuilding. It is an ancient technology. This method of firmly securing such a fastener in shipbuilding was to cut a parallel peg of a softer wood, and then expand its outer end with a wedge of much harder wood driven into it called a foxtail wedge. Increased water content causes wood to expand, so the treenails gripped the planks tighter as they absorbed water.
Along with several brass spikes, the planks have copper sheets attached by nails. These copper sheets protected against ship worms and prevented growth along the ships wooden hull. This process dates back to the 4th century BC where lead was used in place of copper. Pure copper was used into the 20th century. However it was mostly replaced starting in the 1830’s with the introduction of a cheaper and lighter alloy called Muntz Metal.
These planks most likely sailed the oceans during the 1800’s as part of the hull of a merchant ship. Although we cannot ascertain the exact ship they came from, knowing the possible history made these an exciting find.
It was decided that they should be saved. So Jerry and Chet carried the 200 lb planks back to Jerry’s truck so they could be brought back to the squad building.
At this point preservation techniques must be implemented. Any porous object exposed to the ocean collects salt and once the item starts to dry out, the salt crystals expand causing cracking and destruction of the material. This salt must be removed by soaking the object in a fresh water bath. Joe and Chet devised a plan to build a soaking tub built from materials lying around the squad building. Using some ½ plywood and a roll of plastic sheeting they created a 4’ x 11’ desalination bath. The bath is filled with fresh water and will have water changes regularly.
The planks will remain a mystery as to which ship they came from. But they will provide a small peek into the past of a great shipbuilding industry.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Saturday was the wooden boat festival in Toms River and as in the past the dive team was requested to come and set up our display and our touch tank. This is always a good time, we get to talk and show hundreds of kids and their parents just what is out there under the water.
The day starts out at 0530 in the morning! We have to do a dive to get the things we have in the touch tank. Sometimes we catch the tide and have an easy time getting everything, but this time it was low tide brown water and the tide still running out with a three to four knot current running. With OJ, big Joe, Ali and I in the water and Sue on the beach getting water and taking the specimens and keeping the ones that were the right size. We need to get fifty gallons of water to take with us so we can change the water a few times a throughout the day.
Then we have to get back to the building clean up and load the dive truck with all the stuff we’ll need. Like tables, chairs all the displays and the water and the specimens. Then get to Toms River Huddy Park and get all set up all by 0900.
We almost made it! We got the tents up and the touch tank filled and most of the displays set up, but people started coming in before 0900 and it didn’t stop all day. We never got a break. There were people at the displays or the touch tank all day!
The festival was supposed to be over at 5:00 P.M. but we still had people at the touch tank at 5:30. We have never turned kids away so we stayed until the last ones said thank you and walked away. It was a fast break down and load out! We did stop for coffee on the way home and that coffee never tasted so good!
It is hard work and a long day, but it’s something we love to do!
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
As the summer season gets started the need for a coordinated response for any emergency’s happening on the jetty was full filled Thursday as the dive team held a drill for the life guards and the first aiders. This is a drill the team try’s to hold every year to keep everyone’s skills sharp.
It starts out with going over search techniques for looking a lost person in the jacks, the jacks at the end of the jetty is a popular spot for fishermen. But people don’t know how dangerous they are. It is very slippery and many deep holes that you can fall into and not be seen from above and that is why we need to have these drills. So everyone can get use to working in a confined space.
The life guards and the first aider’s were put in team of three and four and told to search the jacks. All the scenarios were based on past events that have happened on the jetty. One just a few years ago when two cousins came down to the jetty to see what a hurricane looked like and got washed off the jetty. They were recovered the next day using the same search techniques that were being used in today’s drill.
Once the victims were found the first aiders took over and got the victim ready to be lifted out the jacks. With the life guards and first aiders working together the victim were put on back boards and strapped down and moved out to where they could be lifted up to the top of the jetty and moved to the ambulances.
It’s not always easy! One victim was so well hidden that it took thirty five minutes find and recover her.
New Jersey TV-12 was also on the jetty for the drill and was able to obtain some great shots and nice footage for a News special that ran that day....
With the victims found and the sun slowly going down it was time to end the drill. The life guards, first aiders and the dive team are ready for whatever the season brings. Hopefully we will not have to put this training to the test, but we will be ready if we have to!
Friday, June 20, 2014
TV-12 had coverage of the joint training session held with the Dive Team, Point Pleasant Beach First-Aid, and the Life Guard service. This joint training happens every year and is essential for coordinated response in this very popular area....
Video and full report here...