An early Christmas present for the 470! Peter Grant (Odd Duck Foundry) used the patterns made by Bernard Perch (Project 113) to cast this replacement bezel ring for 470's tender backup light. Peter found a flask capable of holding the pattern and put supports across it. Earlier attempts could not support the weight of the sand, and fell out before casting could occur. This time he scored a good molding and with the application of scrap radiator, plumbing and Chevy manifold, he got the desired result. With the reconditioned backup light, services donated by Forrest Autobody (Winterport), the pattern from Mr. Perch (Minersville, Pa.), and casting by Odd Duck Foundry (Orrington, Maine), a piece of 470 has been replaced!
Additionally, our CMO Leverett Fernald was able to negotiate donation of a used crane, in good condition, from Shawmut Equipment. This will be capable of lifting the tender, and frankly, most of the things for which we will need heavy lift capability. He is presently working out delivery to Washington Jct,, but the potential power to solve a number of lift problems is more than welcomed!