Robbins Reef Trip Report, Saturday, September 28, 2019
Noble Crew: Larry Anderson, Tony Cocurullo, Carlo Giambancos, Josh Pugliese,
Erin Urban, Tariq Zaid
Weather: Sunny, breezy; 80s.
Access: Left Miller’s at 9:10 AM and returned at 1:30 PM on the Nicholas Miller
captained by Billy Manoudakis.
Purpose of the trips: Josh was ready to restore the brick side and back walls of Kate’s kitchen pantry, and he brought Larry and Tariq to help. Tony was ready to install the ventilation fan, and Carlo was ready to help with anything and to grind off the rusted hinges on the exterior door to the cellar and replace them. Tasks accomplished: Tony donated and installed a 120 volt INLINE 300 CFM
(cubic feet per minute) exhaust fan in the Watch Gallery wall. He had already installed the piping.
Josh restored the 36” x 7’ brick wall at the back of Kate’s kitchen pantry. When they were in residence at the lighthouse, the Coast Guardsmen built an exterior porch on the promenade, the door to which was set into the back wall of the pantry. They removed the porch sometime after live-in keepers were no longer necessary to keep the light, and sealed the opening with a steel door. It blew in during Superstorm Sandy in 2012, and we needed to repair the hole in the original wall. To restore the pantry wall, Miller’s staff and the Noble Crew brought bricks, mortar, and water out in several trips over this summer. With Carlo, Larry, and Tariq’s help Josh rebuilt the curved side and back walls of the pantry and finished the cement floor and threshold beneath it. Carlo used the leftover mortar to repair parts of the plinth, steps, and promenade. We will use the rest, two 80-lb. bags, to continue that process and seal the promenade.
We could not do anything that required power because the generator failed, despite Carlo and Tony’s tinkering with it. Carlo was not able to grind the hinges .The generator has been unreliable, although staff from Miller’s staff has worked on it. We brought it back, and Tony took it to his shop to work on it, but we probably have to replace it with an industrial grade generator.
Larry and Erin removed the bronze port light in Jacob’s room; the glass had cracked, and they rigged a temporary cover for the aperture.
Erin did a inventory of our paint supply, all of which has been donated by PPG Protective and Marine Coatings and Armorica Sales, as has all the paint and primer, cures, sealants we have used for the past 8 years. Thank you once again, Ashley and John!
Next steps: We will secure the battery needed to run the fan and install it. We will run the fan for about 3 hours every 24 hours and hope to be able to run some interior lighting for two hours each evening after dark as well.
We will finish Kate’s pantry, painting it white and putting in three wooden shelves.
We will repair the promenade surface and the plinth with mortar.
We are seeking quotations from professional painting companies for washing, scraping, priming, and painting the white, or middle, section, of the exterior below the Watch Gallery balcony. It is must be done soon; the paint has eroded drastically. The Noble Crew will not address this area; it is too difficult and risky for volunteers. If you wish to offer guidance or money for the project, please email Erin Urban.
Other notes: We send our thanks to Glen Miller and Terry DeMeo for allowing us to make a rare weekend trip so that professionals, who cannot come on weekdays, could lend their skills.