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Post Posted: Fri Oct 26, 2007 11:34 pm
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No, my website is not up yet. But, I want to show everyone the new pin I got. It is a 3D pin.
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Post Posted: Sat Oct 27, 2007 1:21 am
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i want i want!!!!!!!!!
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Post Posted: Wed Oct 31, 2007 2:25 am
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I worked there for about three and a half years, going through a complete water out rehab and for a lot of months after. Trained many of the new crew after the ride re-open and was the lead for quite a while after. I know a lot about the ride and how it worked. Ask for specifics and I will give you the answer that you need to the best of my ability.

The subs actually floated, therfore, if the water was too high or too low it would hinder the travel of the subs, floating out of the track or sitting like a rock on the bottom. Each sub had two guide wheels that were rubber tires filled with a thick, non-bouyant material and those were mouned to the sub approximately on-quarter toward the center of the submarine, one fore and one aft. These rode in the cement track and basically guided the boat along the 1300 foot track and through the show building, The bogey system on the front and back also rode in the track and basically provided a bumper system in order to keep the boats from physically bumping into one another. The front bogey had a cup-like reciever that fit, more or less, into the bogey with a spring loaded piston receiver that would cushion the force, say, in the unlikely event of one sub bumping the other. These were also used in order to push a disabled submarine

Each submarine was powered by a four cylinder Perkins Marine Diesel engine. This engine provided power for all of the lights, air conditioning, air compressors and more importantly to the hydraulic pump that drove the screw.( The sub's propeller) Maintenence found that it was easier to adjust the speed by adjusting the flow of the pump than trying to adjust the RPM's and this allowed the engine to run at a constant speed. Each sub needed to be fueled and the tank was in the belly, infront of the engine but to the rear of the ship. Don't know the total fuel, but they were not fueled every night, so they must have had some massive tanks.

The hatches were powered by compressed air and had emergency blows in case it was necessary. Many guys found this out the hard way by standing on the top and pulling the handles in the sail and raising their shipmates, or in one case, by trying to "enhance" the show and using the sound of rushing air to make it sound cool. "Ronald", found out the hard way that this could be dangerous, and get you booted out of Nemo's Navy. It happens.

As for the fish, they were made of fiberglass and covered in a thick latex skin that allowed them to move. They were actuated by air and somtimes under serious pressure. Many a sailor can attest to the geysers in "talking fish". Most of the movement was through actuation, but some of the props ran through electrical work.

The sharks, the color wheels for the aurora boreolis, even the giant squid scene. The arms were on mechanical arms the raised and lowered left and right.

The seaweed was plastic and the strang part was the way that it had to be attached. It was put in after the lagoon was filled. The divers alos put the static fish in after rehabs. We actually would take a sub out, and with the divers in the water, throw the fish to the divers and they would anchor them to the bottom, being sure to stagger their heights. It was fun and somewhat entertaining.
The only part that was controlled was what the squid that set in motion by the sub passing in front of a laser reflector and made the squid move. That was what made the timing so important for that scene.

I will have to go back through the photos that I have to see if I have any old photos from the rehab I was involved in. The cool part at the time was the fact that we belonged to maintenence during the rehab and only worked M-F and a set schedule. Played a lot of golf then. Some of the work was terrible. We were mostly grunts, but only a few that ever put their name in the ride forever.

Need more information? Just ask, hope to reconnect with some of the other skippers and commanders.

Nice to see the web site. Great job.

Scott Karl
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Post Posted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 3:08 am
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I am back. But, I am sad to say that the website is not up yet . We had a problem but we will try to get it up this weekend.
Nicholas P, we need your help. Do to storms and other things in Texas, we have change our minds into moving. You said I should move to upstate new york. But I do not know the price per acre. So, could you look it up? Also, can you tell me what the weather is like there during the seasons? If you say no then we will try to look it up.
Also, here is a pic of my desk. It is where we at ######## ##### think of the things in our ride and I draw sketchs of those things. These items in the picture might or might not be in the ride. If there is something on a one of the things than that might be from a party. Also, the small diver is only to help make the real size divers.
Somethings in the picture might not have anything to do with the new 20k ride.

I will reply back with the website address soon. :D :D
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Post Posted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 10:41 am
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The sophisticated diving methods and Saturation Diving techniques of the Nautilus have dramatically increased the time man can live comfortably, and for long periods, in the ocean depths.
- Pete Reneday in the Queue Narration
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Post Posted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 7:34 pm
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Post Posted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 10:38 pm
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The sophisticated diving methods and Saturation Diving techniques of the Nautilus have dramatically increased the time man can live comfortably, and for long periods, in the ocean depths.
- Pete Reneday in the Queue Narration
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Post Posted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 7:19 am
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Post Hep me Sat. Diver!!! Posted: Sun Nov 11, 2007 6:35 pm
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"The proof is always in the sorte of unborn octopus!"
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