Attention All Hands:

Restoring and documenting a US Naval destroyer of the late 1960's vintage is no easy task. The Gearing class had a mixture of WW2 and modern (60's) equipment throughout the ship. However, in order to support the restoration of this historic ship and to document the history and times of destroyer sailors, vintage photographs and equipment are needed.

Vintage Photographs
Currently, we are looking for detailed photographs of Gearing and Sumner class destroyers. FRAM destroyer pictures would be of the most value. Our team is looking for paint schemes, compartment layout, signs, machinery, etc which just might happen to be in a photo you took of a shipmate. If you believe that your photo would be of value to the Kennedy's restoration or to document her history, you can send it to us electronically or by regular US Mail (all original photos will be returned).

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Equipment Wish List:

  • Navy issue chairs-shipboard
  • Vises-- strong industrial/navy type
  • Fire Hose-- various diameters
  • Hand held Battle Lanterns
  • Generic Signage such as DC, Post Office, Casualty, operating instructions, etc
  • Electronic Test Equipment
  • Navy/Equipment manuals
  • Basic galley and Mess decks equipment
  • Plumbing hardware
  • Fire extinguishers (old and empty) for display
  • Unlimited- Vacuum tubes
  • Navy style Plugs
  • P250 pumps
  • Stern light glass bulb covers
  • Jack and flag staff (with lights)
  • interior doors and hardware
  • Water tight doors and hardware
  • Navy style sheets and blankets
  • Vintage diving equipment
  • Spanner wrenches
  • Bosun pipes
  • Welding machine--vintage Navy/Industrial type (need not work)
  • binoculars
  • Damage Control Gear
  • Navy clocks and Chronometers
  • Navy uniforms (dress and working)

    Tool Wish List:

  • TOOLS--everything from hammers, screwdrivers to pipe wrenches
  • Safety glasses
  • Welding rod
  • Light bulbs-60+100 watt
  • Goggles
  • Fluorescent bulbs-f20t12 starters-FS-20
  • Dust masks
  • Fluorescent bulbs-f8tf/cw starters-FS-5
  • Work gloves
  • Sandpaper
  • Ear plugs
  • Oxy-acetylene torch, hoses, etc
  • Hand soap
  • Sawzall and blades
  • Rain gear
  • paint scrapers
  • allen wrenches
  • Hacksaws + blades
  • Flashlights
  • NUTS, BOLTS, SCREWS, WASHERS-all sizes, all metals
  • Angle iron, pipe + plate
  • Tape measures
  • Wire connectors
  • Extension cords
  • Chain blocks
  • Hydraulic jacks
  • Ty-wraps
  • Electrical tape
  • Drill bits
  • Bolt cutters
  • Electric drill
  • Sheet metal shears
  • Chisels
  • Punches
  • Brass polish (brasso)
  • Rags
  • Duct tape
  • Masking tape
  • Grease guns
  • Nylon slings, all sizes
  • Dust pans, brushes
  • Paint brushes
  • 6' + 8' ladder
  • Hand ratchet hoists (come-alongs)
  • Taps and dies
  • Voltage testers
  • Valves-1/4" to 2"
  • Batteries
  • Sabre saw-metal cutting

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