USCG Knight Island

  • Hendry Shipyard
  • Tampa, Florida
  • around the 4th of July, 2013

Hendry Corporation, Tampa,Florida,
July 2013

USCG Knight Island in Hendry Corporation Tampa drydock.
Hendry drydock
The Knight Island in the Hendry Corporation drydock in Tampa, Florida. It was an honor and a pleasure meeting the men and women who crew the vessel and seeing the dedication, courage, and respect they bring to the ship every day.

The Hendry drydock is a hull section of a World War II Liberty ship, and right across the harbor from one of Tampa's historical attractions, the SS American Victory. It's an active museum ship with tours- visit their site here: Victory ships were also World War II construction, based on but slightly larger than a Liberty ship. The SS American Victory is one of three museum ships and one of a handful of remaining ships from the over 500 built.

optical alignment telescope and wire targets
Setting the starboard aft srut.
A straightforward typical shipyard procedure, setting a strut with a new cutless bearing installed to the optically established shaft line. The gap between the strut palm and the hull is then filled with Chockfast by Philadelphia Resins. It's a non-shrinking chocking resin pumped or poured to maintain a precise gap between a load-bearing surface and the supported load.

Engine and shaft optical alignment solutions

Optical shaft and engine alignment for yachts, boats, commercial vessels, and military vessels remains the most accurate, quickest, and most efficient alignment procedure.
Optical alignment equipment operated with knowledge and experience provides shipyards, boatyards, and builders with efficient and accurate engine, bearing, and stern tube alignment. Michael H. Bartlett, in the marine industry in Fort Lauderale for thirty years and with over 15 years of optical alignment experience and over 1500 successful boat alignment procedures, owns and operates Marine Alignment, Inc.