October 2009, Restoration Report for USS Joseph P
Kennedy Jr DD850
October 2009 Field Day :
Our Crew :
Bobby Young (USS Patterson FF-1061)
Ed Zajkowski (USS Keppler DD765)
Rich Angelini (NAVSEA)
Rob Angelini (NAVSEA)
Ronald Almeida (USS Franklin D. Roosevelt CV-42)
Bill Rader (WW2 Vet, USS Compton)
Phil Martorano (USS Miller DD535)
Bill Strause (USS Miller DD535)
Carl Swanson (US Navy Sea Cadet)
Harold Swanson (USS Brownson DD868)
Bill Hamilton (USS Barry DD933)
Bob Washburn (USS William R. Rush DD715)
Dave Stawicki (Shipkeeper)
Tom Publicover (USS Robert Owens DD827)
Al Lundgren (USS John Paul Jones DD932)
Jim Mulvihill (USS Waldron DD692)
Owen Hayes (USS Waldron DD692)
And 10 NAPS Students led by Phil Solt
Total Crew aboard USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr DD850 for the
October Mini Field Day:
Field Day work Projects taken on by our CREW:
-- Tour guides for the USS Myles C Fox DD-829 CREW
-- Assisted with boiler repairs for ship's heating
-- Recorded and photographed draft marks on ship for US
-- Winterized the ship by installing exterior vent
-- Moved ice cream machine to permanent location in
steam line for display
-- Manned storeroom and supported organization of such.
-- Authored disaster prevention/recovery plans for fire,
flooding + storm
-- Cut sheet metal, drilled bolt holes and fixed it to
the plenum chamber opening in the Mk 25 Fire Control
Room to help winterize the ship. This is a permanent
repair to stop moisture and cold air from building up in
this soon to be restored space.
-- Completed Plexiglas display in Steam line with the
addition of metal trays, utensils, and glasses. Still on
lookout for original Bakelite style US military cups and
bowls used by DD850 crew for drinking. Also, looking for
tray dispenser rack for steam line as current setup
looks great for display but would never have held up at
-- Opened Destroyer artifact display case in Burke
Museum and placed the last flag of the USS Wilkes DD441
-- Made a new Plexiglas cover for the TV in the Burke
Museum with a pilot hole to allow the TV to be manually
-- Misc Plumbing repairs
NAPS Report for Saturday, September 17 Mini Field Day by
Bob Washburn, Volunteer Coordinator:
Ten NAPS midshipman candidates (M/Cs) reported aboard,
to continue their work helping to restore and preserve
Bill Hamilton cooked and served snacks and lunch for the
combined volunteer and NAPS crew.
Bobby Young led a four person team continuing his multi
year effort to bring the ship's boatswain's locker to
finished status. M/C's chipped paint and primed bulkhead
and frame surfaces from 0815 to 1430.
Al Lundgren and two NAPSters finished the restoration of
after diesel generator space, painting the deck.
Two NAPSters cleaned the overhead of the mess deck,
getting the space ready for further cleaning, masking
and paint prep, for Dave Stawicki to spray paint the
mess deck late in November.
Once painting is done, we plan to restore the naugahyde
seats and seatbacks to their original color and
condition. After this project, they bolted down teletype
machines in radio central for Maury Crouteau.
Finally, several NAPSters painted railings, Pelorus
stand from the USS Thorn DD647, a K-gun, and other
equipment; and cleaned the plastic display cover
surfaces in the Burke National Destroyermens Museum.
Notes on Projects:
1. The After Diesel Emergency Generator space has been
restored. Please see the enclosed photos sent in by Al
Lundgren. It looks great.
2. The MK 25 Fire Control Room is coming along nicely.
All loose paint has been removed, the bulkheads primed,
and the plenum chamber cutout has been sealed. Rob
Angelini mentioned that he is going to put insulation
over the cutout as well as use a special primer for some
3. The US Navy Sea Cadets stationed aboard DD850 have
repainted all the furniture in the Supply Office to the
correct light navy gray as well as began the process of
putting all the artifacts back out for display. Since
some might not know, our offices spaces on DD850
--though used-- are restored to their 1960s appearance
and any modern or non-relevant items to that space must
be hidden from view from the public. We await the
arrival of a Mimeograph machine from CA to go in to
Supply. Thanks to the Levesque family for all their
4. As mentioned above, Bobby Young has continued his
quest to restore the Bosun Locker on DD850 with the help
on NAPS. A second coat of white paint was put in the
locker itself while the chipping and cleanup of the
Windlass Room began.
Upcoming and Continuing Projects:
1. Touch up paint in B-4 After Engine Room
2. Complete Steam line (Almost finished)
3. Complete Prep/Prime of 01 Torpedo Deck and Tubes
4. Complete MK 25 Fire Control Room
5. Continue CIC restoration
6. Move Welder in ASROC Magazine and load up remaining 6
missiles received from the US Navy
7. Detail Port side main deck
8. Complete BOSUN Locker
Notes: As always, Special thanks to the increased
helping hand from cove employees Rui Moniz and Dave
1. The USS Myles C Fox DD829 had their annual reunion in
October 2009 that coincided with our 16-17-18 October
Mini Field Day. The DD829 Association donated a total of
$1050 to restoration projects on the ship with Mike
Matthews donating another $300 in maintenance supplies.
They hope to be able to provide us future grants and we
plan on putting their money to good use aboard! Thanks
to the Myles C. FOX DD829 crew and their support of
KENNEDY. As I mentioned to this great group, this
Gearing is your Gearing and what we do aboard represents
all the ships!
2. The New England Tin Can Sailors Bull Session for 2009
was hosted at Battleship Cove and at the Tin Can Sailors
Office in Somerset, MA. Volunteers gave tours and opened
up our ship.
3. Its is with great pleasure that I announce that two
members of the volunteer crew of the USS Joseph P.
Kennedy Jr DD850 have been recognized and presented
awards for 2009 by the Historic Naval Ship Association.
One has yet to be presented so we will recognize that
individual later but I am pleased to announce that the:
HNSA Ship Maintenance/Preservation/Exhibition Award was
presented to our own, Al Lundgren. This award is for a
Fleet Member staff or volunteer person who has provided
exemplary work on a daily basis toward the long term
maintenance and preservation of an historic naval vessel
and/or toward the proper exhibition of that vessel to
the general public.
Al Lundgren , a Radioman on the USS John Paul Jones
DD932, spent 2 to 3 days a week for the past year
painstakingly preparing, cleaning, and painting the
Combat Information Center (CIC), SONAR, and Undersea
Battle Space aboard USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. DD850 at
Battleship Cove. Along with the cosmetic painting, Al
reinstalled missing equipment, added sound powered phone
headsets and battle lanterns, and detailed all
compartment signage and brass to bring this space back
to its original late 1960s appearance. To further
highlight this outstanding achievement, Al used photos
from USS Steinaker and strip trip acquisition items to
develop plans to duplicate the missing Command Control
Monitor in SONAR. Once the plan was developed, Al
utilized a local machine shop at his cost to duplicate
the item, which he then installed in a completely
restored SONAR room. Al's achievement in CIC is
paralleled with his participation in the completion of
the restoration of the Pilot House aboard DD850 in which
he took on the task of painting the overhead and
bulkhead, sandblasted various metal components at his
own cost, mounted original signage and minor missing
pieces of equipment, and detailing out the space. Over
the past few years, Al's multiday visit to KENNEDY has
also seen the completion of the Bridge foyer, touching
up Radio Central, and many other projects. We
respectfully submitted Al Lundgren for this award based
upon his tireless work to restore compartments on USS
Joseph P. Kennedy Jr DD850 to exhibit and preserve these
areas to the Public in their original 1960s appearance.
4. Our field day listing for the whole year can be found
by going to http://jpkennedyjr.webs.com/field.html
5. The 20-21-22 November Mini Field Day is fast
approaching and the NAPS students will be aboard. Please
email us to let us know who is coming. Any food services
for those staying overnight will need to be coordinated
with Battleship Cove so please send us a email.
6. Peter Papadakos is arriving on 7 November to offload
a shipment of artifacts from Vietnam era ships that were
moored in Suisun Bay, CA. Any help from volunteers is
appreciated. We hope to start work around 0800!
7. Courtesy Reminder: If you plan to work in a space
aboard ship that has already been restored/painted,
please use extreme caution. Try to get any mechanical or
electrical work done before painting has taken place. As
someone who paints I can tell you that no one wants to
redo the painting of an area or space they already have
completed. Your shipmates will appreciate it!
"Don't Miss the Boat!"
History and this ship depend on You! Join the effort.
Fair winds and following seas,
Asst Curator, JPK DD850