Long Island Metal Workers Society


The Webb Institute 

Glen Cove, Long Island NY


Slide show HERE

From the Webb Institute web page:

"Ever wondered what goes into designing an America’s Cup yacht, U.S. Navy destroyer, or a cruise liner? Webb Institute is a four-year, fully accredited engineering college that has specialized in naval architecture and marine engineering for the last 123 years. Founded in 1889 by prominent New York shipbuilder William H. Webb, the Institute has produced the nation's leading ship designers for over a century. Every Webb student receives a full-tuition scholarship founded by Mr. Webb and continued by the generous contributions of alumni/ae, friends of Webb, parents, corporations, and the United States Government.

Go beyond mechanical, electrical, and civil engineering. With a systems engineering approach to problem solving, Webb graduates are capable of working across engineering disciplines -- one reason that we boast a 100% graduate placement rate. 

So go ahead. Immerse yourself. Find out what makes Webb so unique with its rigorous curriculum coupled seamlessly with real world experience"

I have been a corresponding member of LIMWS for a number of year now.  I get their email and have attended a few of the events that Jamie Swan,  founder of the group, has organized.  Jamie works at the Webb Institute as resident machine wizard and does a wide variety of tasks that help to keep the works running.  When I read that the group scheduled John L. Busch to give a presentation about his book "Steam Coffin". It's about the steamship "Savannah", the first steam powered vessel to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Please click on the link below to see Mr. Busch's web site. You can read numerous favorable reviews of this book and previous presentations given by the author. Copies of the book will be available for sale.  http://www.steamcoffin.com/sc/Home.html

Also invited to attend the talk were members of the Roebling Chapter of the Society for Industrial Archeology as well as the ASM (American Society of Metals) to join us, so there should be a few new faces on board so I had the opportunity to meet some new folks. Roebling, if the name doesn't ring a bell was the engineer who designed and built the Brooklyn Bridge.

I had planned to leave home at about 9:00 AM to get to Glen Cove for the 1:00 PM tour of the campus.  However the best laid plans go astray and I had previously volunteered to man a flag at the meeting place for a "American Warriors Honor Flight"  http://www.americanwarrior.us/ at 6:00 AM on the same morning.  I got up a 5:15 and headed down to the parking lot and set up my display and started waving the flag.  I left there a t 7:00 and went home to home to shower and throw (gently) the camera in the car and blast off at 9:00.  Somewhere along the way I laid down to rest my eyes for JUST A MINUTE and bolted out of bed again at 9:20!!!!  Oh my gosh!  Shower and blast out of the drive at 10:03 headed to Long Island. 

It was 140 miles to Glen Cove and I arrived at 1:15.  The tour was no where to be seen so I wandered about the campus a while to take photos of the buildings and was able to get caught up with the tour along the way. 

DSC01315.JPG (262316 bytes)  DSC01316.JPG (258212 bytes)  DSC01317.JPG (344057 bytes)  DSC01318.JPG (273380 bytes)  DSC01319.JPG (232766 bytes)  DSC01320.JPG (274893 bytes)  DSC01321.JPG (211388 bytes)  DSC01322.JPG (262442 bytes)  Various campus buildings

DSC01323.JPG (193644 bytes)  DSC01324.JPG (187084 bytes)  CNC router used for machining ship hull models.  In the right photo on the right is Jamie Swan

DSC01325.JPG (231008 bytes)  DSC01326.JPG (229269 bytes)  On the other side of the wall is a wood shop.

DSC01327.JPG (235196 bytes)  DSC01328.JPG (249945 bytes)  DSC01329.JPG (216429 bytes)  DSC01330.JPG (253428 bytes)  DSC01332.JPG (173322 bytes)  DSC01333.JPG (205017 bytes)  DSC01334.JPG (240531 bytes)  DSC01335.JPG (215884 bytes)  DSC01336.JPG (253330 bytes)  DSC01337.JPG (224544 bytes)  DSC01338.JPG (190612 bytes)  DSC01339.JPG (211869 bytes)  Various views of the machine shop

DSC01340.JPG (195820 bytes) DSC01341.JPG (255893 bytes)  Student experiment in making bio-diesel fuel

DSC01342.JPG (285849 bytes) Dis-assembled engine for demonstration

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DSC01344.JPG (232654 bytes)  Triple expansion steam engine  DSC01345.JPG (267110 bytes) Diesel engine  DSC01346.JPG (249333 bytes) Cut away engine

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DSC01349.JPG (185930 bytes)  DSC01350.JPG (190351 bytes)  DSC01351.JPG (182815 bytes)  This flow tank moves the water not the model

DSC01352.JPG (176557 bytes) DSC01353.JPG (218139 bytes)  DSC01354.JPG (265116 bytes)  DSC01355.JPG (204551 bytes)  In this tank the model moves through the water 

DSC01357.JPG (211586 bytes)  This recently installed wave generating mechanism cause some excitement when it was first used.  The wave generate loshed over the walls of the tank.  The tank wall were raised about 18 inches and all works as desired now.

DSC01356.JPG (262976 bytes)  Just a few of the many ship hull models

DSC01358.JPG (239369 bytes) Beautiful press tin ceiling in the library

DSC01359.JPG (231677 bytes)  Sorry for the dark photo but the built in flash on the camera doesn't do the job!

DSC01361.JPG (136558 bytes)  John Busch preparing for his talk

DSC01363.JPG (402739 bytes)  These baskets dot the campus and are used for a frisbee game.

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