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ejectr
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posted 10-28-2006 07:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From eBay:
The Intrepid Museum is auctioning a truly historic day in our ship's fabled history. On November 6th, after 24 years at rest, Intrepid will sail again.* This time the ship will head to Bayonne, NJ, where she will be placed in dry dock for renovations. You and five guests will sail aboard and join this all-day, strictly VIP affair which starts with a star-studded breakfast, and ends with a thrilling helicopter ride off the deck of the ship once she passes the Statue of Liberty. *Intrepid will be traveling under tow the entire voyage.
Anyone know where the space artifacts will go while she is in drydock?

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International Herald Tribune:
USS Intrepid military museum to leave NYC pier on Hudson River for 2-year overhaul
To the sound of horns and the calling of orders, the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid will slip its moorings on its Hudson River berth on Nov. 6 and sail once again on the morning tide.

Not off to war this time, but just five nautical miles (nine killometers) down New York harbor to a dry dock, where the retired World War II veteran will spend two years undergoing what its owners call "refurbishment and restoration." It will be the ship's first voyage since it was saved from the scrap yard and turned into a museum in 1982.
WABC-TV: USS Intrepid planes all wrapped up
alk about boxing up your things for a move. On the Intrepid, they are literally shrink wrapping airplanes.

It's all part of a plan to move the aircraft carrier to a new port to repair and refurbish it.

Before it's anchors away for the Intrepid's restoration project, there is some unfinished business.

Eric Boehm, aircraft restoration specialist: "By wrapping them up like this, something similar to what they do with large boats to transport them, we are hoping to preserve their appearance for the two years while we're closed."

The USS INTREPID was the Prime Recovery Ship for MA-7 (Scott Carpenter), as shown on this cover featured on the Space Unit website.

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posted 10-28-2006 10:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My 83 years old father-in-law was stationed aboard her in WW II the whole time and saw all the action. Kamakazzees... the works. He has some incredible stories.

They certainly butchered the name Grumman in that first article.

Sure hope they put those aircraft in a heated space. That shrink wrap can do a job on metal with condensation forming under it from changes in temperature from hot to cold and visa versa.

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My Uncle was aboard for the Carpenter pick up. He always likes to hear news about his old ship.

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I actually sailed out of New York Oct. 15, returned on Oct. 22, both thime docking and undocking next to the Intrepid. As of the 22nd, none of the planes had been wrapped, and on that day they were dredging behind the ship to be able to get her out. What an incredible sight, and I'm glad the timing of the cruise allowed me to see her before she left for this period of time. A side note to this, last I heard, was that they were still unsure of what to do with the Concorde during this time...

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posted 11-01-2006 04:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for leslie   Click Here to Email leslie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Coincidental...I recently had a 16"x20" quality print made of USS Intrepid "making waves" through the water on the way to the Carpenter pick up area...a nice inscription from Scott, " USS Intepid speeding towards my recovery site"...

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Friends of ours called us on Saturday September 30 and offered us five tickets to the Intrepid's Bon Voyage Party, taking place that evening. The next day the Museum would close for its two-year renovation. We jumped at the chance to go. Our family had never been on-board together and by the time the Intrepid returns, our oldest son will already be in college.

Our friend's band played two sets of rock-n-roll on the fantail while a thousand people of all ages viewed the Grumman and other planes on the massive flight deck and on the hanger deck, and climbed through the island and bridges as twilight descended upon New York. Hundreds of others filed through the Concorde on the old Saturn V first stage barge on the opposite side of the pier.

The Museum's greatest assets -- the veterans who now served as docents -- told stories and explained the ship as only crewmembers could do. The Hanger Deck containing the "Men of Intrepid" Memorial Hall, which remembered those who died while serving our country was very moving as was the "Heroes" exhibit, which featured the Iwo Jimo sculpture and biographies of the flag raisers. A multi-media movie recalling the heroism of the firefighters onboard the ship during the kamikaze raids was chilling. It seemed that so many who served during World War II were teenagers.

We went back up to the flight deck in the early evening darkness and heard three singers from The Metropolitan USO troupe perform on the fantail with the blackness of the Palisades Cliffs as their backdrop across the river. Then, from the middle of the Hudson River, a fireworks display lit up the sky, and from our perspective, also lit up the river. The mist and drizzle didn't dampen anyone's spirits.

As we climbed off the flight deck, I was able to show our children the ship's guns that a couple of friends and I helped to clean and prime paint on weekends in the early 1980's when the Intrepid was first brought to the pier.

We left the ship and passed through the Museum's gift shop, which featured "half price" signs and lines at the registers -- it looked like the Fortunoff's Christmas Department two days after Christmas.

The experience was a real celebration and salute to the heroism of those who served our country and those who have honored their service as part of the Foundation that gave us this great NYC Museum. Bon Voyage, Intrepid! Lookin' forward to your return!

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posted 11-06-2006 07:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For those interested, the moving of the Intrepid is being covered live on CNN pipeline right now. You can watch this free by going to cnn.com and clicking on the event.

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posted 11-06-2006 09:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ben   Click Here to Email Ben     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Intrepid mission has been scrubbed for the day according to WNBC :-)

It backed out a few feet before going back into the mud. They say they hope a tide increase will help later.

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CNN.com: Aircraft carrier stuck in New York City mud
After 24 years at the same Hudson River pier, the legendary aircraft carrier USS Intrepid was inched out of its berth by powerful tugboats on Monday -- but as the trip got underway the ship it got stuck in the mud as the tide went down.

The mission was scrubbed for the day at around 10:30 a.m., according to Dan Bender, a Coast Guard spokesman.

The Intrepid's giant propellers got stuck in the mud as the tugboats strained to move the behemoth. It eventually began inching backward out of its berth, but moved only a few feet.

"We knew it was not going to come out like a cruise ship," said Matt Woods, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum's vice president for operations.

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posted 11-06-2006 10:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ben   Click Here to Email Ben     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by RGW:
Hundreds of others filed through the Concorde on the old Saturn V first stage barge on the opposite side of the pier.
That's interesting, could you ellaborate on the Saturn V barge note? I never knew that barge had any history to it.

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posted 11-06-2006 11:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for John K. Rochester   Click Here to Email John K. Rochester     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If memory serves, wasn't Intrepid the prime recovery vessel for Gus and John Young on board Gemini 3?

(AArgh!! That's twice today I've got to apologize for not reading your article first, Robert..)

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posted 11-06-2006 12:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sts205cdr   Click Here to Email sts205cdr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"Mud muddles museum's move"

Best alliteration yet, Robert!

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(AArgh!! That's twice today I've got to apologize for not reading your article first, Robert..)
No worries, John. While Intrepid was designated the Prime Recovery Ship for Mercury-Atlas 7, the aircraft carrier's only recovery was Gemini-Titan 3.

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Glad to see the Intrepid saved. There is a bit of a connection here. My closest friend was aboard the Kankakee (oiler) in Intrepid's task force the day of the Gemini 3 recovery.

I'm thinking of putting together a framed pic of the recovery with the Gemini 3 old style patch and the recovery cover for the Kankakee signed by my friend complete with rank and serial number

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posted 12-05-2006 08:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
She's underway...!

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Beautiful shot of this on the front page of the New York Times this morning...

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From IntrepidMuseum.org:
Intrepid Sails to Bayonne, NJ

The aircraft carrier Intrepid was successfully moved from Pier 86 to Bayonne, NJ. The Intrepid unfurled its gigantic American flag as she passed historic Ground Zero shore point as a silent tribute to those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Intrepid then proceeded past the Statue of Liberty on its way to Bayonne, NJ.

The World War II vessel will be refurbished over the next two years including opening now hidden areas of the ship to the public. While in dry dock, the outside of the ship will be repainted in classic battleship gray, and many of the military aircraft on its flight deck will be restored. Pier 86 will also be entirely rebuilt as well.

Live video of ongoing renovations to Pier 86 and Intrepid can now be viewed daily on www.intrepidmuseum.org through Earthcam.

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Further to the Concorde question, pictures suggest the G-BOAD was moored on top of the Pearl River. It's the only vessel that fits the description (open-top, no large cabins fore or aft, two-word name on the side) connected with the Saturn V. There are pictures on the net of the Pearl River carrying an S-IC that you can compare to snaps from the Intrepid museum. Any idea where the Pearl River is now Intrepid is in the shop? Any news on the other Saturn barges?

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She is back! Headed to her home today.

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