Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, into the tanks we go. . .

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Out in the tank farm deconcreting copper alloy objects.
Out in the tank farm deconcreting copper alloy objects.

This week the time had come to get back into some of our larger tanks, and so tank farm season began. We were last out in the tank farm in the summer of 2014, how time flies! This summer we will be dry ice blasting all of the wrought iron artifacts that live in tank farm.

We spent this week in Tank 1, which holds copper alloy artifacts. All of the copper alloy objects, mostly pipes, were taken out the tank, examined, weighed (this helps with desalination calculations), given a brief round of flame deconcretion. By the end of week all the artifacts were back in the tank, snug as a bug in a rug, and with a freshly prepared solution.   Read more

A good week

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Work completed in all of the tanks.
A tidy Tank Farm with all work complete.

There were two exciting events for the Monitor conservation team this week. The first is that we finished the last of the work that needed to be done in the Tank Farm. It was very satisfying to see the end result of four months of outdoor labor. The six tanks out in the Tank Farm had their contents reorganized, new anodes installed and new solutions prepared. The final step for each tank was to cover it with a tarp.

Our second event came as an opportunity to drive down and visit the conservation laboratory of the Queen Anne’s Revenge Shipwreck Project. The conservators gave us a great tour of their lab where they are treating  the artifacts excavated from what is believed to be the wreck of the Queen Anne’s Revenge. For those unfamiliar with the Queen Anne’s Revenge, it sank in 1718 and was the flagship of Edward Teach, who was also known as Blackbeard. If you want to learn more about the Queen Anne’s Revenge, you should check out the project’s website, located here.   Read more