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USS PAMPANITO (SS-383)


Preservation Plan

Conclusion and Summary

Pampanito's preservation is one of the highest priorities of the Maritime Park Association and we have adopted the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Historic Vessel Preservation Projects published in 1990 by the Maritime Initiative of the National Park Service. Long range planning and prioritizing available resources is essential to achieving the goals contained in the Standards. We are constantly evaluating and examining the effectiveness of what we have done and are looking for better solutions as preservation techniques improve, or we learn of better methods from our colleagues that operate other historic vessels. Preservation is the foundation upon which all other programs involving historic vessels are built. It is the historic fabric of the ships that organizations like ours hold in public trust.

Summary: Developing USS Pampanito's long-term preservation plan

-Maintenance crew of staff and volunteers was set up to assure preservation work was done on a daily basis

-All historical information relating to surveys and maintenance work done to the vessel from building to the present was gathered

-The Board of Trustees set up a committee to deal with the specific details of setting up an action plan and implementing it

-The need to preserve the vessel rather than repair it when problems developed was identified

-Need to dry dock vessel regularly was identified and placed as a high priority

-A hull fund account was set up and deposits were made into it to accumulate the funds required to implement the plan

-Vessel was surveyed to determine what work needed to be done

-Coating system for underwater hull was decided upon

-Shipyard specifications were drafted and bids were obtained

-Vessel was dry docked and surveyed to determine additional work that was needed

-Shipyard work was carried out

-Vessel was dry docked six years later for maintenance and evaluation of previous work

-Plans for future work were developed

 

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