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Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society (GLSPS)
Superior Public Museums (SPM)
Lake Superior Marine Museum Association (LSMMA)
Wisconsin Underwater Archaeology Association (WUAA)
We will be Sponsoring the "Fifteenth" Annual S.S. Meteor Preservation Project, Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28, 2019.
This is a very worthy cause and if we don't continue to preserve this one-of-a-kind Whale-back ship, it could be lost forever!
Please join us in preserving one of the only "Whale-back Ships" remaining in the world!
We are looking for a few good men and women to help stabilize and preserve the
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S.S. Meteor Preservation Project 2019
Requirements / Recommendations:
1. You must be 16 years of age or older. (Unless other arrangements are made)
2. Have your own Medical Insurance.
3. This is a project that requires the ability to do both light and heavy physical work.
4. Please bring any of your own safety equipment such as safety glasses, respirators, masks, knee guards, gloves, coveralls, shoes, boots, hats, and warm clothes. Optional: Hardhat.
5. A liability release form from SPM will need to signed and handed into the staff before anyone can start working on their assigned tasks.
6. Please Note: Some tools will be provided. Such as, paint scrapers, brushes, wiping rags, cleaners, and some respirator masks (Limited Quantity). Please bring your own if you prefer a certain brand and are in good shape.
To speed up the process, please click on the link button to print, read, agree, sign and bring with you to hand into the SPM Staff.
S.S. Meteor Liability Release and Waiver
This project is the 14th Annual. The last thirteen years we put this Project together, we had a great turn out. We broke a record of 100 volunteers in 2014. We have an average of 50 plus people volunteering for this event every year! The folks from the Superior's Public Museum's Board of Directors and the City of Superior WI were very appreciative with the efforts of the organizations that helped make this project successful! Let’s try making this event another successful year!
Please Note: The below Task List is Updated right up to the day before the Project!
Please Check Back Later for Any Updates to the Task List as We Draw Closer to the Project.
S. S. Meteor Project 2019 Work Weekend Tasks List
(The Task List Can Change at any time and up to the Day of the Project)
April 27 -28, 2019
(More than 60 Tasks to Complete)
- Clean staff office.
- Clean exhibit case glass inside and out.
Cabin Deck (In this order):
- Touch up paint in Crew’s quarters, galley and mess halls. –
- Please Note: Some areas may only need to be cleaned and waxed to clean very small areas of rust. Mainly around the bolt and screw holes. (Please use Terry Cloth)!!
- Wash portholes
- Wipe down walls and furniture as needed
- Vacuum all rooms
- Clean up paint drippings
- Make beds and put out props
- Polish all brass as needed – (Marty Karpa)
- Wash windows- clean equipment-vacuum
- Polish Brass as needed – (Jeff Lee)
- Apply another coat of white paint to areas that still need it in the lower engine room. (Ceiling and wall on the port side).
- Paint upper engine room 2nd coat - A safe platform was constructed by Joe and Tony Musial 2017 to access t.he ceiling
- Spray protection Lube on all tools (wrenches) in Engine room – Use Chain Lube and or Fogging oil.
- Engine room - Scrape and touch up paint, Polish Brass as needed
- Pressure wash the entire outside of the ship with a pressure washer (Especially where bird droppings occurred on the Aft Starboard side of the ship). Warm water or car wash soap-DO NOT USE DAWN!
- Replace/install bird spikes where needed. (search for more spikes and purchased more if needed).Check Pigeons nest /roost areas on the aft deck under starboard turret along the conduit and wiring leading to pilot house. Spray tops of areas with JB80. (Pigeons don’t like the smell)! Remember you will be able to see where you have sprayed the JB80. We may need to research other ways to discourage the birds from roosting under the starboard turret areas.
- Identify areas on the hull that need touch up that need the special black paint. If there are enough areas to paint to accommodate one gallon of black paint, it will only be purchased at that time. If the paint is applied, the surface has to be prepared again by sanding the area.
- Change oil in air compressor. (Use Amsoil SAE W40 Compressor Oil).Check the Air filter. Check and change if Necessary. (If air filter needs to be changed, a new air filter system will need to be installed).
This Year’s Tasks
Scraping and Painting:
- Clean and paint rust lines on outside of ship from water draining down - Port side turret and stairways. (Please use Terry Cloth)!
- Paint (or treat) all four lifeboat cradles – (installed within the last two years)
- Paint floor of Captains balcony
- Paint downpipes on starboard side "Scotch Yellow" (Like the pipes on the Port Side)!
- Paint walkways on both port and starboard sides. (Start with port side first).
- Paint ceiling in the display area on the starboard side and other areas in the display area. (Need Scaffolding or scissors lift to complete this task).
- Paint Elmer’s Room (with radar equipment and array)
- Port side was painted with white primer two or more years ago – it now needs a coat of white paint
- Starboard side was scraped in 2017 and needs to have the primer applied on first then a coat of white paint.
- Move radar equipment under radar array. (After the painting is complete)
- Paint ceiling in upper engine room 2nd coat – The wood platform that was constructed by Joe and Tony Musial, will need to be removed after painting is complete!! Store in Cargo area.
- Touch up / paint red railings on stairs in boiler room going up to engine room (Need to be painted red (or Yellow for caution and for safety reasons). (This is a summer job by one person)!
- Paint rails in the Boiler room (Silver color).This will need to be done Friday or Sunday at the end of the project (two hours before)?
- Paint floor in Mess Hall and certain parts of the walkway that are peeling?
- Paint floor of the lower engine room. (This will only take place after all other painting and cleaning projects are completed)! (Paint color will be tile red) (Wishlist)!!
- Paint Ramp Posts (Use black external latex paint).
- Paint Floor in 2nd Mate room – (Paint color will be tile red).
Mechanical Repairs- High Priority:
- A plan was established last year about the replacement of the On-Off Switch and the old fuse box in the main and lower engine room on the following Equipment:
Switch to turn on the electric motor, electric starter box, hour meter if applicable and replacement of older fuse box with newer breaker box for an electric motor that runs the main engine. Replacement of wiring as needed or to bring it up to code. Replace electric motor. (Electric Motor specs – 10 HP, 230 V, 45 AMP 1750 RPM). (Motor cannot be installed until Jacking gears are installed)! *See Dale Koziol, Leader of this Task.
- Create Manual to indicate lubrication points of the main engine along with photos. - Tim Pranke – Leader.
- Need someone to reorganize the main fuse panel – circuit breakers need to be remarked after figuring out what each circuit feeds.
- Wire in Cat 5 network cable for internet, phone and security services. (See Mac MC Clure for Details).
- Inspect all sump pumps (4) and identify areas in which they were installed. A document of instructions will need to be created. Such as, where the pumps need to be placed in the bilge, where they discharge the water to the outside of the ship and where the power is located. (This will need to be created for future reference). (Maint person and Tim P).
- Pump out any water in bilge below the engine. (Soak up any oil in the water below engine before pumping with absorbent pads). (Maint person and Tim P).
Mechanical Repairs-lower priority:
- Clean more brass fittings in lower engine room including brass fittings that were accidentally painted.
- Repair / replace steam site glass tubes in engine room?? After they are found or ordered online. (Jeff Lee).
- Clean Machinery in main engine room – Do Not use stiff brushes! Just clean by wiping with a cloth and vacuum any debris created.
- Remove, Clean, organize and place black pipe fittings on shelves under the stairway in Boiler Room. – (See Ken Lillimo)
General Repairs, Fabrication, welding, and other odd Jobs- high priority:
- Prepare and finishing welding roof of Bow Turret where it is rusted through and railing.
- Remove plugged and rusted drainage piping and replace with new piping – Needs to look authentic
- Install black plastic corrugated drainage hoses on drainage pipes that don’t stick out far enough to keep the water off the hull and stain it. Plan and estimate have been created for a later project?
- Count and measure any broken portholes and give information to Phil Kerber to pass onto the person making the glass.
- Reseal leaking port in Captains Office Port aft side on top of Pilot House. Remove to seal? Or, reseal with exterior caulking from the outside.
- Clean up paint chips and greasy floor in the lower engine room. (After electrical rewiring and jacking gears are finished)!
- Re-Grease jacking gears and shaft if needed - (To prevent rusting).
- Clean rust from valving on the engine. Treat with engine fogging oil to prevent further rusting.
- Cement repair in 2nd Cook & Porter Room in crew’s quarter's area. (Joe & Tony Musial)
- Cement repair in 3rd Mate room in crew’s quarter's area. (Joe and Tony Musial)?
- Finish repairs on the port window frame. (Rusted out badly)! (Joe Musial).
General Repairs, Fabrication, welding, and other odd Jobs- lower priority:
- Paint floor tile red in the crew’s quarters 2nd mate room.
- Reproduce and Rehang all recreated signs that were removed in 2015. A trip to Office Max /Depot to scan and print may still need to be completed.
- Identify and record all portholes that are broken and need to be replaced. Measurements will also need to be done such as the diameter and thickness of the glass. (A document needs to be created and passed onto Phil K)!
- Look into installing new bulletin board cork on boards in mess hall/crew’s quarters. (Available through Amazon, order as needed)!
- Install more netting?
- Clean and paint GLSPS Display area – form committee to help put together a display area for the work the Society has done to Preserve maritime history – mostly the S.S. Meteor including taking the panels from the port side and painting them battleship gray (like the other display cases) and re-purpose them. Please remove all photos on panels and record them for storage until they are needed again.
- Paint top panel, sides and door of diver’s display case, (Gray). – (See Dale Koziol)
- Find access to shaft alley to see why moisture is pushing up concrete in floor.????? (See Tim P)
- See if we can find where water is entering through the engine room (or prop shaft).
- Roof of Pilothouse leaks lots of water – Weld large hole on bottom of Radar Mast, clean off all caulking with wire brush, clean with paint thinner or solvent (brake parts cleaner) and as a final step, re-caulk all areas that were cleaned and have a plate or gasket area that could leak water into pilothouse for roof.
*If you are a leader of a task during the project work weekend and, you were assigned to bring supplies and equipment,
Please click on this link to see what you were assigned to bring to the project. (Link not provided yet)!
The large list of tasks continues to grow as the project draws near.
More will be added, please check back later.
Date: Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28, 2019
(Ship will be open at 8:00 AM for early riser's and set up)
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Saturday and 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Sunday or until …….
(Saturday: 9:15 AM Project Briefing)!! Please be present for the briefing!!
Where: S.S. Meteor Whale-Back Museum in Superior Wisconsin on Barkers Island.
Lunch: Will be provided by "Grandma's Sports Garden". (Breakfast you will be on your own).
We will be meeting at Barker's Island Inn Restaurant (Barkers Island near Meteor) both mornings for Breakfast at 7:00 AM.
Dinner: Will be provided by the SPM/City of Superior at the Fairlawn Mansion at 6:30 PM
Lodging: Free lodging is available but limited. We can provide space for some people in various campers, boats, and houses around the area free of charge, based on a first come first served bases. Please let us know if you need free lodging ASAP! Barkers Island Inn / Hotel are offering a $50.00 per night room special only for the S.S. Meteor project participants. (Rooms available after March 5, 2018). Please reserve your room ASAP for they only blocked out a certain amount of rooms. Please mention "The Whale-back Clean up" to receive your special room discount. Their phone number is, 715-392-7152 or Toll-Free - 800-
Please Note: If you are staying in any of the campers or boats, please bring your sleeping bag, pillow, and other sleeping accommodations. If you are staying at a marina, the showers are most likely open for use.
If you prefer to stay in another Hotel, there are a few smaller and inexpensive Hotels in the local area. Please Google “Hotels Superior Wisconsin” Mention you are there for the Whale-back Project. Some hotels will give you a discount.
This year’s Saturday night program, we will once again have the “free” Buffet Dinner. It will be at the Fair-Lawn Mansion at 6:00 PM in Superior WI (Not far from the Meteor). We will be offering free tours of the Mansion after dinner.
You can also ask the SPM staff of the Museum to bring you on a tour of the Whaleback Ship you normally don't see on a regular summer tour!
If you are interested in volunteering, please register for the project by clicking on "Register Now" button in the upper right-hand corner of this page. Follow the step by step directions. Or, by contacting the Chairman of the event, Phil Kerber or, the Director of SPM Sara Blanck. Contact information for both Phil and Sara are below.
Please don't delay in registering ASAP, this will help us determine the headcount for the food and provide email communications for any additional information about the project.
Please confirm your attendance ASAP!
Thank you very much for your time.
Hope to see you there.
President - Great Lakes Shipwreck Preservation Society
S.S. Meteor Project Chairman
Superior Public Museums