HMCS Annapolis to become an Artificial Reef in BC. We can help!

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.
May 26
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.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you, Tracey & Harold, Chad, Tammy and Sarah for making this an excellent day spent disassembling the ship. More to come will be posted to the Calendar for the next opportunity to demolish stuff & make as much mess as we can!

    June 22, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    got to spend the day destroying stuff - what's not to like?

    June 22, 2009

  • Tracey

    Had a great time! Thanks Rina.

    June 22, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great for relieving stress; tear a kitchen apart! Had an adept and enthusiastic crew on board. Did you all enjoy the boat ride as much as I did? Saw a deer beside the ship and a clutch of eagles during lunch. I'll be back for more.!

    June 22, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Rain or shine since we're working below deck. Lunch will be inside the helicopter hangar if it's raining, outside if it isn't. See you Sunday!

    June 19, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    NOTE regarding clothes; NO SHORTS. Long pants required while on board the ship. Also, if its sunny, you will want sunscreen for when we're on deck and traveling on the water.

    June 19, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Additional dates are now posted on the Message Board. If you want to see them, read the whole message and contact me directly. You ARE expected to honour your commitment : don't sign up if you don't intend to show up.

    June 18, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Dates for upcoming events will be on a sign up sheet available at this Thursday's ARSBC presentation at La Fontana, 7 pm. Its first come, first served.

    June 14, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice shots, Francois! I need a day or two to sort the 150 I (and Rina) took today! will put them in an album when ready.. you got some good ones of the Hovercraft, too!

    May 30, 2009

  • Francois C.

    Here is a link to my photos. Enjoy. HMCS Annapolis - May 30th, 2009:
    http://picasaweb.google.ca/frommetome22/HMCSAnnapolis?feat=directlink

    May 30, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Want to know more about this before you decide? Howie Robins is giving us a special presentation on June 3rd. See the posting on the Calendar if you'd like to attend.

    May 27, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    We have our 7 members for this event. The Waiting List, please watch in case a spot opens up before the day. More events to come so please keep watching. Note: still have 3 spots for this Saturday's on board event. Details in your email.

    May 26, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    ARSBC could only get the smaller boat so I have moved all Yeses to the Waiting List. First 6 to reply to my email will be on the boat this time. Sorry to disappoint. There will be more dates added once we try it this first time and see what it's all about.

    May 26, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yes, to both, Nikki. I took the next date available and they set the timetable. It's worth getting up early for this event but it's totally up to you.

    May 18, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Al, I suspect the engines on this puppy would just about swamp your kayak. Perhaps a chunk of wood that can be made into a paddle would be more useful....?

    May 15, 2009

  • Al

    I actually went right past it last year and the Scenic Day trip to and spending some time out on the water/vessel, working on this boat would make for a Beautiful Day! Great of you to Organize this Rina, Have Fun!

    May 15, 2009

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