PHOTO OF THE DAY
Look closely! That's Cadet Blogger Sara welding! (Don't worry, Mr. & Mrs. Merzon! Your daughter is fine.)
If you were appearing on a game show and were asked to name a pieces of expensive engine equipment, what do you say?
Was a fuel strainer on your list? Well, it should have been! You probably didn’t think a flimsy fuel strainer would be on the list of expensive equipment. Believe it or not, this tiny but important piece costs around $4,000 for one strainer. Today as part of engine maintenance, 2/C Hillary Temple (Pembroke, MA), 2/C Joseph Naron, 3/C Kayla Pieroni, 4/C Roxanne Mason (TAMMA), 1/C Tom Pellitier (Bradford, MA), 1/C Greg Hollstein (Raynham, MA) and myself were changing the left strainer in the duplex strainer. We started by unscrewing the valves and shutting off the flow of heavy fuel oil to the left strainer. We then bled the rest of the fuel that was in the strainer before we unscrewed the top completely. If we had just opened it up and there was still a little bit of pressure there, the top could have flown off and spewed oil everywhere. This heavy fuel oil or HFO can reach temperatures of 210° F and you can get severe burns by anything over 140° F. After the remaining fuel slowly dripped out and the cover was off, we started pulling the strainer out.
After the strainer was out, we dropped it into a bucket of diesel. The diesel acted as a cleaner and started to break apart the heavy fuel oil that had turned into a molasses-like liquid. Hillary swirled the strainer in the diesel so it would break apart faster. Once she was done, we took rags and pushed them carefully into the strainer itself. Tom then connected the compressed air hose so we could use the air to break apart the rest of the molasses like fuel that was stuck at the bottom. To clean the outside of the strainer, we used rags to just wipe it down. I learned that it was important to make sure that when you change the filters, you always clean the dirty one so there is always a free strainer in case of emergency.
Here is the strainer that we cleaned. Patience and teamwork helped us get the messy job done!
Can you spot the dirty strainer? Is it in in Tom's RIGHT hand...or in his LEFT hand?
Tom took apart the strainer.
Hillary mixed around the strainer in the diesel.
Do you like to clean dirty things...I mean really, really dirty things? If so, we could have used your help today! Look at the molasses-like HFO stuck in the bottom of the filters! YUCK! Cadet Naron used compressed air to clean the filter. Of course, I had to give it a try!
Before I left for Sea Term, I watched a movie that featured someone welding. They made it look simple and easy, so I was excited to try it on Sea Term. I was wrong. I tried to learn how to stick weld today and it took me about 100 tries before it worked. Stick welding is when you use electricity that runs through a machine to weld using a steel rod. The hardest part for me was to try and spark the rod to get the steel ignited. To spark it you have to try and tap the steel rod onto whatever you’re trying to weld. Once you get the spark, you move the rod closer and start making smaller circles to create the weld, called a bead. 1/C Greg Hollstein (Raynham, MA), 3/C Steven Savoy (Falmouth, MA), and I are in the process of creating a special welding project that will be finished tomorrow! Or at least hopefully finished tomorrow if I can figure out how to weld right!
What do think that Sara is making? Make a list of 5-10 possibilities on a white board or a piece of chart paper, take a photo of your list, and email it to email@example.com. The first class to submit the correct answer will win a decoration for your classroom purchased on the island of St. Thomas. All answers must be submitted by the close of school on Wednesday.
Here are two more photos of the TS Kennedy's newest welding expert! (Will this "spark" anew career path for Sara?)
Shhhh! Chartwells has a big surprise for the cadets tomorrow night. They’re making an Italian feast for dinner! If I said that Italian was a cadet favorite for types of food, I would probably be right. The Chartwells staff has done a great job of keeping this a surprise because I just found out about it at the COMCAD meeting today! No one knows what they’re cooking except that it will all be Italian food. I love Italian food so I have high hopes for tomorrow’s dinner!
St. Thomas Time Change
Ever since we experienced a time change while entering Barbados, the ship has run an hour ahead of Buzzards Bay. In order to keep on track with the time when we arrive back in MA, we will not change the clocks back an hour until after we leave St. Thomas. When I guessed that cadets would surely feel the lack of sleep, I couldn’t be more right. The first day of the time change, cadets walked around like zombies. Even Captain Rozak was late to our 0715 meeting! I’m just waiting until after St. Thomas so we can get some more sleep!
keep the pictures and articles coming! Looking forward to seeing all of you when you return regards Jim
We had a snow day today, so we couldn't make any guesses. We will make a list tomorrow!
Grade 2 SRE
I heard from 3/C Annie Hughes, Plymouth,MA that the Italian feast was delicious, especially the breadsticks! She was hoping for leftovers for breakfast....