Update: October 17th, 2019

Thank you to everyone who has reached out about the status of the Bramble. The film production is independent and not affiliated with the owner of the ship. The film crew shares your passion for the ship and remain hopeful that the voyage will live on. We are hard at work putting the final touches on the third episode of the Bramble Docuseries and look forward to sharing any updates as they become available.

Feature: Deep Trekker ROV

 

Testing the ROV “Brambot”

We have acquired an amazing ROV (remotely operated vehicle) for Bramble Reborn’s underwater sequences. This compact unit is called “Deep Trekker DTX2.“. It works like an underwater drone. We chose this model because of the short boot-up time, compact size, and because it’s self powered and can operate for 6-8 hours on one charge. We named it “Brambot”.

We’ll be using Brambot to explore the wreck of USCGC Spar, the Bramble’s sister ship, which was sunk off the coast of North Carolina as an artificial reef. We’ll also be using it to inspect the ship’s hull as we proceed through the Northwest Passage.

This video sequence shows us testing the unit out in an Olympic sized pool. It performed flawlessly. We can’t wait to test it out in open water in Lake Erie next week!

Feature: “Operation Crossroads” Special Effects

USCGC Bramble was assigned to “Operation Crossroads” in 1947. This was a series of atomic bomb test at Bikini Atoll in the South Pacific. Bramble was responsible for laying out the buoys that marked the test area.

Our documentary will recreate this historic event with computer generated special effects. Here are some test shots from the sequence that show the B29 bomber “Dave’s Dream” approaching the target zone.

Feature: Chief Ginter

This is Chief Ginter.  He is a veteran of USCGC Bramble including the trip through the Northwest Passage in 1957.  We’re going to interview him tomorrow, Thursday, June 20th.  It should be very interesting!

Feature: Interviewing Master Chief James Hiller

We had the great pleasure of doing a video interview with Master Chief James Hiller on Wednesday.  Master Chief Hiller is 81 years old and sailed on the USCGC Storis when it made the historic circumnavigation of the continent along with USCGC Bramble and USCGC Spar in 1957.  He had many fascinating stories to tell us.  We were spellbound.

He wore his uniform for the interview and looked amazingly fit.   This is really incredible when you learn that he had had open heart surgery only four days before!  His wife told us that he doesn’t even take pain killers.  Now that’s tough.

We’re looking forward to editing Jim’s interview into the documentary.  It will add an amazing first person perspective.

We can’t thank him enough for making time for us and sharing his special stories for all to enjoy.

Here he is getting ready for the interview…

 

 

Satellite Dome Installation

Here is a photo of the mount being installed for our new satellite dome. This will enable us to have internet 24/7 using a direct satellite link. Even at the North Pole! This is particularly exciting for the crew of the documentary, meaning that we’ll be able to provide updates about the film and the journey throughout the adventure.

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Inside Look: Upgrades in Progress

Progress is continuing on the ship. Here is an inside look at a few of the issues being dealt with.
First, here is a photo of a very bad bearing being changed out on one of the engines.  These should be smooth with even wear.  Not grooves.  Good thing they caught it in time or it could have caused further damage.
And here is a photo of a worker re-wiring one of the generators.  There have been issues with the reliability of the generators before so they need a complete overhaul.