|My copy of the Huron Cement 50th anniversary book.|
I saw this same book for sale on the internet today,
the asking price was $49.95... the price written
inside my copy is $12.
|The galley crew happily peeling potatoes... |
they know it's the end of the season.
|One of the CRAPO's engineers having a late evening snack.|
If anyone recognizes this fellow, please let me know so I can
put his name in with the picture. My notes from that night are gone.
|The CRAPO's steering gear.|
|Looking down the CRAPO's tunnel.|
|At the bow- her windlass room.|
Look closely and you can see Captain Ghiata
in the background (arrow).
|Although this is hard to see (I was shooting 400 film without |
a flash) this is CRAPO's anchor chain locker.
|September 6, 1923 the JOHN W. BOARDMAN is launched|
at Toledo, Ohio. The first self-unloading bulk cement carrier.
|This photo of the BOARDMAN passing below the Blue Water|
Bridge was quite helpful in my detailing of the model.
|The E.M. FORD on a chilly June morning at 6th Street in|
Carrollton MI. Note the nice gangplank. Every other time I've
gone aboard a lakeboat anywhere else it was always by ladder.
|The view aft from the E.M. FORD's guest lounge.|
|My workbench in Freeland, MI. Similar to the one in Daytona.|
He popped his checkbook out and asked me to remind him of how much we’d agreed upon for the model? I told him and he shook his head and said, “For work like this, that’s not nearly enough.” Then he made out his check for double the amount we’d agreed upon! One of the mates had just come on watch and the captain showed off his new model to him as well as one of the deckhands..
|Me with Captain Ghiata's model of|
the JOHN W. BOARDMAN.
Note: the photo of Mr. Emory M. Ford
over my shoulder... keepin' an eye on me.
|My LEWIS G. HARRIMAN painted in all the wrong color.|
Captain Ghiata gave a deep scoff and said that the off-white color was all wrong! I told him that it was nearly impossible to mix that color and get it right. You look at photos and depending on the type of film or developing process that dang color is never the same as when you see the actual boat. I wished that I had a chip of the actual paint off of the E.M. FORD. In a heartbeat he turned to the deckhand and said, “Go on down to the galley and get a couple of empty jars and then go to the paint room and get Wes here a couple of jars of our hull paint.” The deck hand smiled and said, “Sure, right away cap.” Then the captain said he was beat from bringin’ his boat all the way up the river and said he had to go to his room and catch some sleep. Before he left he patted me on the shoulder, thanked me again and said, “Take yer’ camera and go where ever you want, you know yer’ way around a boat.”
|My 34 year old bottles of paint from the first jar of|
Huron Cement off-white that Captain Ghiata had given to me.
|Bought this marlinespike knife back in|
the mid 1990s... thought may come in handy.
On January 24, 2020, I opened the jar… okay, I worked at opening the jar. It’s lid was painted shut and I was afraid if I torqued it too much the glass may shatter. The process required the use of a marlinespike on an antique knife that I have, which also has a very old manual can opener on it. I spiked two holes in jar lid and then poured out the well-shaken contents. Thereafter, I used the can opener to rip open the lid thus allowing me to scoop out the thicker contents of the jar. Some thinning was required, but once I had the paint in a reasonable thickness I did a test brushing on one of my abandon model hulls. It spread nicely, but I was suddenly reminded of what I’d forgotten since 1990… this AIN’T Testor’s model paint folks! It is real ship’s hull paint. The stuff takes about 48 hours to dry to the touch and another 24 hours to get securely dry. But, it is still good.
|The original jar, now emptied of its usable paint.|
|This is one of the 1/2 oz jars of the E.M. FORD's|
Huron Cement off white paint that I'll be selling
on e-Bay. The dime is in the image to show scale.
Okay folks... 4 of the 5 bottles that I put on e-bay sold in the first week, the remaining 6 are now posted... and then they are gone.