Robbins Reef Trip Report, Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Robbins Reef Trip Report, Wednesday, September 12, 2018


Crew:  Megan Beck, Eileen Montanez, Erin Urban

Weather:  Heavy fog, 70°s

Access:  We left Miller’s at 9:15 AM on the Miller Boys piloted by Michael Sabatino and came back on the Nicholas with Mike at 12:30 PM. 

Purpose of the trip:  We had to shore up apertures before the coming storm.

Tasks accomplished:  Eileen caulked six windows that were leaking at the top in the Lantern Gallery.  Megan and Erin put sealant around the edges of the three operable port lights which do not have rims and glass yet.  They are in Jacob’s room, Mae’s room, and the stairwell.  They covered the Watch Gallery door with plastic and stuffed rags in plastic bags in the area in the Watch Gallery ceiling which is open and is leaking and then covered it with plastic.  They put plastic at the bottom of the dog door to cut back on damage from leakage up there.  They put the hatch cover back in Watch Gallery so that that aperture is tight. 

Next steps:  We will continue to remove the deteriorating polyurethane from the interior doors.  Weather permitting we will paint the interior ladder from the Watch Gallery to the fourth level.  We will install a solar fan in the Watch Gallery door.  We will continue to address the Lantern Gallery by finishing up the painting of the interior window casements and the exterior casements and walls, and paint the exterior of the roof.  We will build and install a threshold for the dog door because we have done so much work that is being compromised by leakage from there.  We will paint the exterior walls around the Watch Gallery.

Robbins Reef Trip Report, Thursday, July 12, 2018

Robbins Reef Trip Report, Thursday, July 12, 2018

Crew:  Megan Beck, Annie Rech, Nan Smith, Erin Urban

Weather:  Sunny, 80’s

Access:  We left Miller’s at 9:30 AM and came back at 3:45 PM on the Emily Miller with Rob Stumley as pilot.

Purpose of the trip:  We had to remove Peel Away from the Watch Gallery hatch cover and Smart Strip from the two interior ladders. 

Task accomplished:  Meg tried to drill out the bolt holding the phalange on the port light in Jacob’s room, but she could not.  We need better tools.

Then she and Erin took the Peel Away off the hatch cover.  It had not properly dried, however, and had at least two layers of paint, one gray and one brown, which the Peel Away could not fully penetrate and remove.  The result was a mess, with smeared paint that could not be removed with water or scraping.  They did what they could, propped the hatch up on the floor, and cleaned up the mess, and set the hatch back up on the table to dry out for the next trip. 

Nan and Annie hit the fourth floor ladder.  Though we were using Smart Strip; it had been recommended because it would dry to a powdery layer that could be swept away.  The ladders were thick with old paint and rust.  But like the Peel Away, the Smart Strip was gooey and wet; they worked on the ladder for a couple of hours, and later Erin helped Annie with the fourth floor ladder, and Nan and Megan hit the Watch Gallery ladder.  It was unsatisfying and messy work.  After another four hours, the ladders did not seem much better.  We had to put the drop cloths out on the railings to dry and then sweep them; all in all, the clean-up was a costly, non-environmentally considerate project.  We did what we could to clean the gook and grime from the floors but we will have to replace the ramboard.  Then we swept up throughout the lighthouse. 

Next steps:  We are working on addressing the port lights that open on the fourth floor.  We will continue putting a second coat of paint on the stairwell brick and cast iron walls and ceilings.  We have to clean up the round ventilation disks in the Lantern Gallery and paint the beadboard.  We’ll make sure the dog door is tight, put in new molding around it, and install the threshold.  We have to clean up the Lantern Gallery hatch cover, and put it back; and finish stripping and then paint the ladders.

Of great importance is covering the gaping hole in the kitchen wall.  Steve Kalil and Scott Van Campen have agreed to do so; Steve is having a cover made at the shipyard and Scott will install it.  Josh Pugliese, who is a mason, will then replace the inner brick wall as a donation to the lighthouse project. 

Robbins Reef Trip Report, Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Robbins Reef Trip Report, Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Crew:  Cooper, Michael McWeeney, Erin Urban

Weather:  Sunny, clear, 80’s 

Access:  We left Miller’s at 2:15 PM and came back at 4:00 PM on the Emily Miller with Rob Stumley piloting.

Purpose of the trip:  We had to put Peel Away on the Watch Gallery hatch cover and Smart Strip on the two interior ladders.  Michael had to photograph and study the dog door threshold and molding, as he is replacing them.   

Task accomplished:  Cooper out Peel Away on the hatch cover, and we added some Smart Strip on the metal parts.  Michael checked out the dog door area and then he and Erin put Smart Strip on the ladders. 

Next steps:  Tomorrow we will strip the hatch cover and ladders, and if possible epoxy the ladders.