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    HMCS Annapolis: Help Needed

    The Artificial Reef Society of BC needs your help.
    The HMCS Annapolis is being dismantled and made safe and clean, to be used as an artificial reef and dive site.
    The majority of the work is being done by volunteers and there is lots of work left to be done.
    I spent last Sunday helping out, quite an interesting experience.

    After meeting in Horsehoe Bay I hopped on a boat for the ride out to the ship. About 45 minutes later we were there, the HMCS Annapolis!

    After a quick briefing we were set to work. I guess I was on the lucky side, having brought my own tools...I got to work outside on the deck in the sunshine. There were a pile of fittings - pipes and hoses and unidentifiable stuff - that needed to be taken apart, right down to nuts and bolts.

    It was interesting, a bit of a challenge to figure out how to get most of these things apart. A vice would have been really nice, but, oh well....

    I met three other guys, we had a good time, telling jokes and stories.


    For lunch break we assembled on the Helicopter deck and sat in the sunshine.




    There were about 12 of us altogether including three girls. They got onto the subject of how short they were - I don't know why... - and when they stated their heights: 5'1", 5"1 1/2", 5'0" - the two organizers got gleams in their eyes and at the same time, looked at each other and said "Half Deck!"

    A bit of an explanation later - there is an area where the ceiling is about 5'6" high, too low for most men to work comfortably but perfect for a 5' and very little else person. The girls were really happy to be able to help out doing something really usefull and went at it with big smiles on their faces.

    After lunch we finished off the rest of the fittings and then went inside to work on some of the rooms. Also quite easy, removing boxes from walls and a few plates here and there. The finishing job was to dissamble a great big fresh air blower. This thing weighed about 100 pounds and was about head height with about 200 bolts holding it all together. About an hour later my partner and I had it off and cleaned up, the end of a succesful day.

    So here's the continuing part. There are, as told to me, about a thousand 8 1/2 minutes jobs to be done and several hundred 1/2 hour jobs.

    The ARSBC needs help. I am hoping to get about 8 or 10 fellow riders together for a day helping out. A free ride to the ship, a tour of the ship, a dozen different things to do, a BBQ lunch and a great time.

    What you would need: Work Boots, Flashlight (one of those headlights for hiking would work great), Work Gloves. Good to bring also, a few rags to clean your hands, tools.

    We can do this pretty well any day, I am thinking a Saturday or Sunday - especially a rainy day - cause we can work inside...can't ride anyways right?

    This is a great experience, a chance to be a part of history, a chance to do something good for the environment and the Dive Community.

    Thanks for reading this and I hope to have a fun day with friends!
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    This is it in it's glory days.

    In my old days, I sailed alongside this old destroyer
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    This is what it is going to look like when it's ready to sink.
    This is the Nipigon, sister ship to the Annapolis
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    I am originally from Chemainus and they sunk a Boeing 737 off of the mainbeach there as an artificial dive reef. These are great ideas. Too bad the call for help wasn't a month or so earlier.

























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    Sounds cool, if the timings right I'd like to volunteer.

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    That's the good thing, we can do it pretty well any day....

    Quote Originally Posted by maggotbreath View Post
    Sounds cool, if the timings right I'd like to volunteer.
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    That's awesome. I dove the Saskatchewan a few days ago and the Boeing 737 a few weeks ago (Not that pretty and clean any more) I'll post up some pics when I get home. The seals had a field day with my fins but on the trip back to the mainland crossed a bunch of whales.

    Where is thet one being put to rest?

    BTW, for those interested the Saskatchewan was sunk a little deeper than they wanted to for novice divers so they sunk a Navy Tug in about 60 feet of water near the Nanaimo ferry terminal. Super easy dive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rscudiver View Post

    Where is thet one being put to rest?

    .

    http://www.artificialreef.bc.ca/OurR...olis/index.htm

    All it says is Howe Sound


    BTW, has all the Asbestos contaminated material been removed???
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    the 737's colors are Canadian Airlines old colors , my dad most likely worked on that old girl , ill have to tell him about it

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    Quote Originally Posted by fonzy View Post
    the 737's colors are Canadian Airlines old colors , my dad most likely worked on that old girl , ill have to tell him about it
    The whole move was documented on TLC's "Monster Machines", or "Monster Moves", or on Discovery channel, can't remember which show but it was on last year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shovelhead View Post
    http://www.artificialreef.bc.ca/OurR...olis/index.htm

    All it says is Howe Sound


    BTW, has all the Asbestos contaminated material been removed???
    I was told quite early in the day that the asbestos is long gone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rscudiver View Post
    That's awesome. I dove the Saskatchewan a few days ago and the Boeing 737 a few weeks ago (Not that pretty and clean any more) I'll post up some pics when I get home. The seals had a field day with my fins but on the trip back to the mainland crossed a bunch of whales.

    Where is thet one being put to rest?

    BTW, for those interested the Saskatchewan was sunk a little deeper than they wanted to for novice divers so they sunk a Navy Tug in about 60 feet of water near the Nanaimo ferry terminal. Super easy dive.
    The Annapolis is being sunk in a bay not far from Horseshoe Bay, I can't remember the name but you can almost see it as soon as you come round the corner from the ferry terminal. I guess it would take about 15 minutes on a reasonably quick boat.
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    Thanx for the link to this page Rob, I looped over my bike recently... neither myself or the "Silver Soldier" will be able to attend.... however, thanx for the invite.
    I'll be posting up rides when I'm able to .... Nov, Dec or under any decent riding conditions... I'll keep you posted.

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    Here's some pics of how the 737 looks now.
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