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Helping to Restore "The Lost Lens" of Hatteras

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Postby vacastle » Sun Mar 27, 2005 8:42 pm


:yay: Tuesday is "A"Day! The assembly is to take place Tuesday.

Everyone is invited to come by the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, watch the progress and cheer the guys on. Shirin & Beth Deese left there on Saturday, and the cage had been assembled by then.

I talked to Woody tonight, and I'm going back for this historic day...and for more hugs! \:D/

Anyone else here planning on going?

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Postby Terry_Pepper » Sun Mar 27, 2005 8:46 pm


I would love to come check on the progress, but unfortunately it's a little more than a day trip from northeast Indiana!

I'll just have to wait until Woody gets back, or Judy posts some photos - HINT!
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Postby vacastle » Sun Mar 27, 2005 9:07 pm


Judy & Shirin went over their entire collection of photos last night. :D
We will be posting some of these shortly, and Shirin will be writing an article. Of course we will share with you here, but the main focus is our OBLHS newsletter and website, and to share with Woody for his use.

The final assembly will be unusual, as so much is missing, and a lot of the glass is in awful condition. Woody says this lens is in the worst condition of any he's worked on.

But...what the public will see for the first time is the horrible destruction that has gone on with these lenses, and hopefully, the need to restore the few we have left. Bodie Island 's First Fresnel is at the top of our list down here, of course.

And as hoped for and predicted, the whereabouts of many of the missing pieces of the 1803 lens is now being reported.

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Postby Terry_Pepper » Sun Mar 27, 2005 9:12 pm


Super - I am sure I speak for everyone when I say I can't wait to see the work in progress. Be sure to give my best to Woody!
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Postby vacastle » Sun Mar 27, 2005 9:15 pm


We shall do that, Terry. Wish you could be here too.

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Postby beachbum1616 » Mon Mar 28, 2005 8:20 am


Will they be able to install the glass in one day?
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Postby Terry_Pepper » Mon Mar 28, 2005 8:26 am


Since there are few prisms remaining, I imagine it will be a difficult and painstaking task to get them set securely with wedges and litharge without the adjoining prisms to help create a rigid overall assembly.

Thus, I would imagine it will take take at least a week to complete the work, depending on the number of remaining prisms.
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Postby vacastle » Mon Mar 28, 2005 8:51 am


According to Woody, the assembly will take place tomorrow and be completed tomorrow.

There is enough to assemble the lens and have it structurely sound.

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Postby Terry_Pepper » Mon Mar 28, 2005 9:06 am


Great news - I am surprised. There must be more prisms remaining than I thought.
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Postby Hersh » Mon Mar 28, 2005 9:28 am


I can't wait to finally see this lens !!!! Good luck to Woody and his team in this great project.
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Postby shirin » Mon Mar 28, 2005 10:22 am


Of the remaining prisms left, there were quite a few that were matched up in pairs for the upper and lower sections of the lens. It was the middle bulls-eye pannels that took the most beating and are completely missing.

Had a fun week of assisting the guys in their efforts on the lens. Let's just say I could go pro with window/glass cleaning and sealing litharge.
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Postby COTA » Wed Mar 30, 2005 8:52 am


To add to what has been said...I did not leave until Tuesday at the end of the day. It took the guys a little over an hour to put up the first upper cat panel, (catadioptric), (did I spell that right?). So, I'm not sure when they will be through exactly, but Woody assured me that they would be there until Friday. I plan to go back then also. After my return trip then, I will plan to post or share photos next week at some point.

I just want to say that it has been a rare and exciting project to participate in.

Kevin Duffus has told me that he hopes to have the documentary of the restoration of Cape Hatteras Lens ready around September of this year.

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Postby Terry_Pepper » Wed Mar 30, 2005 9:12 am


Beth,

Thanks for the update. I can't wait to see the photos - and rest assured that you did spell catadioptric correctly :D
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Postby vacastle » Thu Mar 31, 2005 6:32 pm


Beth and I got to watch...and photograph the first catadioptric panel go up. Once they got it lowered into place (almost), they discovered it went in another section and had to start over.

Then the new problem was that they had been laying on a shelf for a long time, and the metal had stretched about 1/8 of an inch...which made the task harder, but they worked it out. The next day, work went a lot faster, and it was all I could do to keep up my end. They installed 3 panels in the time it took to do the first one the day before.

We have the entire sequence in digital photographs...and yes, they are coming. :D

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