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February 17, 2011

A pause for thanks

The repair work underway this month on the submarine Torsk and the 1854 sloop of war Constellation doesn't really have anything to do with the weather (although photographer Lloyd Fox and I nearly froze to death earlier this month on assignment out at the Sparrows Point Shipyard).

But I have been covering efforts to save and restore the Constellation since the early 1990s, and have a long-standing interest in the ship's story.Constellation repairs

So, I thought it would be appropriate here to list the companies that have been donating time, labor, expertise, materials and equipment to the current, $500,000 effort to bring the two warships up to snuff, and to assure that they will be here for future generations to explore, learn from and enjoy. Fund-raising continues to cover the bills that remain.

Here they are, as listed by Historic Ships in Baltimore. Baltimore owes its thanks to all:

General Ship Repair Company – Donation of Staff Time and Expertise

Paul Behrends – Volunteer Time as Dockmaster for Dry Docking

Vane Brothers Company – Donation of Towing Ships, Line, Staff Expertise

Smith Marine Towing – Donation of Towing Ships, Staff Expertise

McAllister Towing - Partial Donation of Tug Support to move Dry Dock Gate

Constellation in graving dockPPG Marine Coatings – Donation of Coatings for Torsk

International Paint – Donation of Antifouling Paint for both vessels.

Sparrows Point Shipyard and Industrial Complex – Partial Donation of Dry Docking Fees

United Rentals – Donation of lift equipment while vessels are in dry dock.

Direct Dimensions, Inc. - 3D survey of the vessels

SmartMultiMedia, Inc. – 3D survey of the vessels

UPDATE, Friday: A few more donors to add to our list:

Pump and Power Equipment – Donation of Emergency Generators and Pumps

Davis Crane Rental – Donation of Crane Service

W.O. Grubb - Donation of Crane Service

Williams Crane Service - Donation of Crane Service

Scaffold Resources – Donation of Scaffolding

(PHOTOS: Historic Ships in Baltimore, used with permission)

Posted by Frank Roylance at 9:56 AM | | Comments (1)
Categories: Notes to readers


As a former employee with Historic Ships, as a historian, as an American, and as a lover of historic ships, I extend my thanks to all of those working so hard to preserve these landmark vessels; Thank you as well, Frank, for your coverage of this story.

These ships are something all of Baltimore should come and see when they've returned to their berths; meanwhile, USCGC Taney, LV/WLV-116 "Cheasapeake" and the lighthouse from Seven Foot Knoll remain awaiting the return of her sisters - Baltimore, visit these ships while the opportunity to spend some quality time is there - these are touchstones to our collective past as Americans, and priceless teaching aids for our future.

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Frank Roylance is a reporter for The Baltimore Sun. He came to Baltimore from New Bedford, Mass. in 1980 to join the old Evening Sun. He moved to the morning Sun when the papers merged in 1992, and has spent most of his time since covering science, including astronomy and the weather. One of The Baltimore Sun's first online Web logs, the Weather Blog debuted in October 2004. In June 2006 Frank also began writing comments on local weather and stargazing for The Baltimore Sun's print Weather Page. Frank also answers readers’ weather queries for the newspaper and the blog. Frank Roylance retired in October 2011. Maryland Weather is now being updated by members of The Baltimore Sun staff

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