Worthington Pump Update

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We just received some interesting information from our intrepid volunteer Gerry. He has been researching our Worthingtons and recently had a discussion with somebody he considers the foremost expert on steam pumps. He confirmed that Monitor‘s Worthington pumps are believed to be the oldest examples of Worthington manufacture. Further, they are probably the oldest direct-acting reciprocating steam pumps in existence! If you have any information that proves us wrong, please contact us — we’d love to hear from you.

Sandwiches

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Do you like a good sandwich? So do I. Head on over to Schooners in Newport News (12368 Warwick Blvd. CNU Village across from Christopher Newport University) and request “The Monitor”. This huge and tasty sandwich is piled high with corned beef, horseradish, fried pickles, melted cheese, and topped with a stack of onion rings that look just like the turret. Order one today!

Things Are Heating Up Around Here!

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Conservators recently removed the friction brake wheel assembly from each gun carriage. The large brass handwheels were “flame deconcreted” with an oxy-acetylene torch. This technique worked very well in conjunction with pneumatic deconcretion and helped conservators remove fine layers of concretion from the surface of the carriage brake wheel. Have a look.