Guild President Eric Lorgus announced long-awaited plans to get Gazela into dry dock for inspection and repairs:
I have great news. We finally have a dry dock for Gazela, and even better, it’s right here in Philadelphia. There will be room for Poplar, too.
Sometime After May 1st
Rhoads Industries, the operators of Dry Dock #2 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, have offered to dry dock both Gazela and our work barge, Poplar, for two to four weeks, beginning any time after May 1st. There are still details to be worked out, so no exact start date has been set.This will be a short haul to perform inspection and maintenance on Gazela, as well as making repairs to the damaged and missing copper sheathing that was discovered two years ago during an underwater survey. It will also be used to plan the structural repair work needed for Gazela’s hull, the so-called Phase One and Two plan.
We have budgeted $11,000 for repairs and coatings for Poplar. We really don’t know how much work is needed since she has not been out of the water since 1992. Continued