Don't miss this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of something HUGE in BC! The HMCS Annapolis is being prepared to join the fleet of Artificial Reefs around the world. This time, she's being sunk right here at home, just off Gambier Island. We have to unique opportunity to help prepare this huge decommissioned navy vessel to become part of the Howe Sound underwater environment and a world-class destination for scuba divers. The Annapolis is unique in that she'll be the first vessel with a helicopter hangar and part of CNCs 100 (Canadian Naval Centennial) Celebration in 2010.
Before you sign up, you are required to read the whole post to know what is expected of you. If you sign up for this event, you are expected to show up. Anyone who is a No-show on the day may not be included at my future events. The ARSBC and I are counting on you. For those wishing to carpool to Horseshoe Bay, post your request in your RSVP and contact each other directly to make sure you arrange where and when to meet as this event has an early start. We gather at Sewell's Marina in Horseshoe Bay, West Vancouver at
ready for depature at 8:00 am sharp and head out by boat to where the ship is presently moored in Long Bay, off Gambier Island. The 45 minute boat ride up the majestic fjord of Howe Sound is worth getting up for! You are required to bring your own:
Work clothes including work gloves Sturdy footwear (hiking boots, good runners, or steel-toed boots) A flashlight (a headlamp is best) A camera for some great photos! Lunch & enough water for the day Here is the list of tools you should bring:
· vice grips, plumber wrench, pliers · spanner wrench set · ratchet & socket Set · hammer · screwdriver set , · retractable knife w/spare blades if you have them Bring which ever tools you have as we can share if people work in pairs or teams. If you have skills with tools, great! If not, there are plenty of light duties including sorting, bagging, sweeping, debris removal and general cleaning of different areas of the ship. Label your tools & make a sign out sheet if you wish to allow borrowing. At the end of the day, make sure everything is returned to you. The hazardous waste crew has already been and done their job on the boat so we are going into a 'clean' ship. If dust bothers you, bring safety glasses and dust masks, cheap at hardware or Canadian Tire stores. Once on board, we have a briefing and then get started right away. We break for lunch; if it rains, we eat in the helicopter hangar or the Officer's Wardroom. If its sunny, we'll eat on the bow or the helicopter flight deck. Following lunch we'll have a guided tour of the ship. How cool is that?? Once we finish for the day around 3:30 or 4:00 pm, we will be transported back to Horseshoe Bay. If we wish to go somewhere for dinner, we can pick one of the local restaurants or one back at Park Royal. We'll discuss that on the day. Here is a
link to a video recently shot for the ARSBC that will give you a glimpse of what a work day is like aboard this fine ship. If there is enough interest, this event will be posted for subsequent dates until there is nothing left to be done on the Annapolis. Once they obtains the permit to sink, we may be able to arrange to watch the event from a safe distance. Those who participate in the preparation will have a unique perspective on the event. Do NOT park in Sewell's Marina lot; it is for customers of the Marina only. There is some street parking (watch the signs), a pay lot ($12/per 24 hours) or better yet, carpool from Park Royal Mall where parking is free. Contact each other to arrange your ride and be willing to chip in for gas.
I have had to update again now that I have more info from ARSBC who have been working so hard for us to make this event happen. The boat they were able to secure can carry only 6 REV members so I have sent out a notice to those who signed up for this event and are on the Waiting List. Once this event is tested, we will post more in future so everyone who is interested will get a chance to sign up.
New REV members: Please post your photo so we can identify you at the event.