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#41 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 09:09 AM

No doubt as a result of an extensive competitive bidding process.

 

Ya, I hear you, but I guess sometimes that just isn't going to work.  ie. how long was left on the lease?  I'm hoping the City got one or two independent expert appraisals, then struck a deal somewhere near that price.


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#42 Bingo

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Posted 08 March 2014 - 11:22 PM

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#43 D.L.

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Posted 09 March 2014 - 12:55 PM

It's neat how the scenery on the harbour is always changing

 

Thanks Bingo!



#44 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 09 March 2014 - 01:38 PM

Now it's in the hands of a more progressive owner, maybe the Pirate Adventures boat can "attack" it daily and maybe even board it and take "prisoners".


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#45 Mike K.

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Posted 09 March 2014 - 05:02 PM

Just tell the kids the office workers are prisoners.


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#46 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 09 March 2014 - 05:16 PM

Just tell the kids the office workers are prisoners.

 

I guess if you make the cubicles the right size, it'll work.


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#47 Gary H

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Posted 01 June 2014 - 03:13 PM

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So there were plans to turn the Undersea Gardens barge into a floating office - until it started to sink!
 
That's the reason they brought it onshore.  Now that they've had a closer look at its underbelly they may just scrap it (the decision is still up in the air).  Here are some pics of yesterday's tour (those grungy panels are pressure treated plywood)...

Update: after talking to a few more people, apparently the barge didn't start to sink until the barnacles were removed from the hull and some holes were revealed. The barge is currently undergoing asbestos abatement and its future is still uncertain.
 
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Water is still leaking from the barge after several months onshore.
 
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#48 Hotel Mike

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 08:04 AM

I still love the idea of some floating offices. I think this would up Victoria's coolness by a big factor.


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Don't be so sure.:cool:

#49 Gary H

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 10:08 AM

Point Hope Maritime tour pics...
 
The Saturday open to everyone tour was really great.  You could wander around yourself or wait for a guided tour by one of the staff (much better).  Everyone who works at Point Hope was really friendly.  The Dockside Green residents only shin-dig on Sunday afternoon was even better as we got to tour United Engineering and eat the best appies and drink free beer/wine (next post)!
 
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This is the larger grey building at the north end of the site.  It was once used to build the wheelhouse component for the fast cat ferries.
 
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Free refreshments were provided, including these great mini-cupcakes with edible "Point Hope" signs.
 
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The shipyard was re-graded to provide drainage away from the harbour into a water-recycling system (the blue containers in the background).

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The massive turntable. It's not motorized but is pulled by a fork-lift or other vehicle depending on the size of the ship. Shipyard lore has it that when the turntable was new, a couple of really strong guys could actually pull it. Ship capacity is around 162 ft. and 1200 tons.

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The platform used to bring ships in and out of the water. A massive chain and huge motor/flywheel move the platform. The tracks go well into the harbour, beyond the jetty.

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The larger of their two crane barges. It will be used again to help with the JSB.

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The owner, Ian Maxwell (in the blue t-shirt), was always wandering around chatting with folks and answering questions. He's a very approachable, down to earth guy.

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#50 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 11:14 AM

Great shots, Gary.  Did you take time to point out that their "gear is leaking"?

 

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#51 Gary H

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 03:01 PM

This all wooden ship should be in the process of returning to the water if anyone is interested in watching how it's done. It was scheduled to start at 3:30PM and if there are no snags, it should be in the water by 5:00PM.

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#52 Gary H

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 04:33 PM

...Did you take time to point out that their "gear is leaking"?


I think they just like to use lots of lube.  :lol:



#53 Mike K.

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 05:01 PM

Saw the Uchuck enter the water on my walk home today. It looked like a success!

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 05:11 PM

The Dockside Green Residents Party

 

On Sunday we attended the free party and tour for Dockside Green residents.  We were very impressed.  The alcohol was provided by Moon Under Water - man I like their dark Creepy Uncle Dunkel brew.  But the hands down highlight were the seemingly endless variety of hor d'oeuvres provided by Cook's Day Off.  Every one of them was just great.  We thought we would go out for dinner afterwards but ended up having at least as good a meal here.  Kudos to Ian and the Point Hope Shipyard crew.  We walked away full and with a much better appreciation of the role the shipyard plays in our community.  :thumbsup:

 

Again, that was Ian Maxwell in the red shirt, blending right in.

 

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Of course there was also some serious touring to be done - at United Engineering.  Prepare yourself for the metal working machinery big guns!

 

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This huge milling machine is accurate to 1/1000 of an inch.

 

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This is one long lathe!

 

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Another huge milling machine.

 

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Now this is a drill press!  Puts my old 16" Delta to shame.

 

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Amazingly, all this heavy machinery is going to be moved to new facilities in the near future (probably into new buildings on the extreme south end of the facility).  The existing buildings will then be torn down to make room for new spurs off the roundtable.  Ian also told me that the graving dock was still a possibility.  Cool stuff.


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#55 Mike K.

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 10:28 PM

Thanks for the sneak peek!

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#56 jonny

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Posted 03 June 2014 - 07:34 AM

Thanks for the virtual tour Gary!

 

Point Hope has always been a quaint little place. Ian Maxwell and Hank Bekkering are great people, and I'm really glad for them that they are having success with Point Hope and United Engineering. They do good work and I know customers who are very happy to have Point Hope around.



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Posted 03 June 2014 - 07:58 AM

Very cool thanks Gary. Drive by the site virtually every day and its always interesting to see what they are up to. I would never have guessed the roundtable was not automated. And talk about industrial-sized drill bits. Compared to mine at home I think I am suffering from, um, drill-bit envy.....



#58 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 03 June 2014 - 08:02 AM

Compared to mine at home I think I am suffering from, um, drill-bit envy.....

 

Bah, the biggest one I see there is 3" diameter.


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Posted 06 June 2014 - 02:51 PM

Demolition of the Undersea Gardens:

 

 

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#60 thundergun

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Posted 06 June 2014 - 03:40 PM

Too bad it was in such a state of disrepair - I quite liked the 'floating office' idea.



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