News from the “cheese box part of the raft”


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We have been quite busy in the turret these past weeks and are making great progress!

While Lesley, Kate and I worked inside the turret to gently deconcrete, remove the nutguards and clean behind them, Will has been fabricating custom-made anodes for said nutguards. He first welded together a large stainless steel table able to accommodate what is left of 6 nutguards. As seen in this image:

Chekcing connection between the nutguards and teh "anode table" in the turret
Checking connections between the nutguards and the “anode table” in the turret

Will also made ingenious individual anodes that serve multiple purposes for the better preserved nutguards. These anodes were first used as support during the artifact’s removal (held by the overhead crane, see next picture); they will now serve as treatment supports for the nutguards and can conveniently be stored under the turret for electrolytic reduction: brilliant!!

Lesley and Will removing nutguard #15 with its anode/support
Lesley and Will removing nutguard #15 with its anode/support

Meanwhile, Mike has been documenting all of the fragments of nutguards, from the biggest to the smallest, and nuts that we have removed. He is also proceeding with more mechanical cleaning of the outside of the turret.

To date only 6 nutguards remain in their original location from the 21 in place 7 weeks ago. Not bad at all!!

Next week will be fun too as we will receive the visit of our great friend and avid fan: Fran ‘The Duke’ Ducoin! Fran will be taking photographs of the outside and of the inside of the turret in order to make panoramic views for precise documentation.

Stay tuned: more about the care of our favorite cheese box on a raft coming soon!

4 thoughts on “News from the “cheese box part of the raft””

    1. Hi Greg,

      Although we did not find any evidence of paint inside the turret as its surface is heavily corroded, it is most likely that the turret was painted white for brightness.
      There is a chance too that a cloth was hung around the interior to muffle the sound of the guns firing. These elements are visible in a picture of the interior of the USS Catskill.

      Thank you for your comment and good luck with your model!

  1. Hooray! Did I see the last nut-guard come off this afternoon? If so, congratulations!! Maybe even ahead of schedule. Awesome work ladies. Find anything? Maybe some eye-glasses?

    1. Hi Fran!
      Yes, that is correct, the turret is now nutguard-free!! That was a very exciting moment for us too!
      Our next blog will be about it… and the treasures we have found behind this last piece…
      Thanks again for your support!