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Brandywine Dock
Brandywine Dock
Docking with the USCG team aboard their brand new 45 foot rapid response vessel
USCG here to lend a hand
USCG here to lend a hand
This would not have been possible without the assistance of the fine men and women in the United State Coast Guard.
Ladders
Ladders
There are ladders and then there are ladders
Scotty
Scotty
Scotty is checking out his new digs. "Ok buddy, when you are finished fixing her up we will be back for you. Don't call us, we will call you."
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank
Period Specific Oil Tank. Yup gonna have our work cut out for us here.
Generator Room
Generator Room
This is where all mechanicals were located on the main gallery deck. Two large electrical generators along with the large air compressor for the air horn. All gone now.
Bell
Bell
The hunchback of Notre Dame would love this lighthouse. This large bronze bell was cast by William Blake and Sons of Boston, Massachusetts and weighs approximately 3056 pounds. It is mounted in a frame work on the gallery deck. When Scotty wants a ride home, we told him to ring the bell.... In all seriousness, this was used as a last line of defense for warning ships in Fog, in case the air horns are not in operation.
Ladder
Ladder
This ladder makes life difficult for getting in the lighthouse.
Spiral Stair Case
Spiral Stair Case
The core of the lighthouse is a spiral staircase for accessing all six levels of the lighthouse.
Basement
Basement
Inside the Caison with Scotty and the United States Coast Guard.
Living Quarters
Living Quarters
Above the main gallery deck, we find the living quarters. Its so, green man.
Living Quarters
Living Quarters
Some interior architectural cues remain, like this built in cupboard.
Rotting Bolts
Rotting Bolts
The entire structure is concrete. Inside the concrete we find steel bolts and rebar and mesh. The problem with this setup is the bolts get saltair and saltwater intrusion. This causes rust. Rust causes expansion, expansion from the bolts along with water intrusion freezing causes cracks. We have cracks to deal with for sure.
Lantern Section
Lantern Section
The lantern looks quite ornate up close.
Watchroom Deck
Watchroom Deck
Outside the watchroom
Lantern
Lantern
Heading down
Heading down
Spiral Staircase is tight but manageable.
Spiral
Spiral
Spiral
Spiral
A better view of the Spiral Staircase
Spiral
Spiral
Lantern
Lantern
In the lantern room looking out.
Lantern
Lantern
Looking down
Scotty
Scotty
"So Scott, how do you like your new home?"
Ladder
Ladder
The person in the photo is navigating the bend in the ladder. This has got to change.
Time to go...
Time to go...
Heading out
We will be back
We will be back
Bye bye Brandywine