View Full Version : Free For The Hauling - Prentice-Reed Lathe

Dave Opincarne
03-27-2005, 04:12 PM
Just needs a little TLC!


3 Phase Lightbulb
03-27-2005, 04:35 PM
NICE.... I'm definitely interested. Does it come with any tooling? Lures/Rods/etc.?


Dave Opincarne
03-27-2005, 04:40 PM
I think there's some around but you'll have to fish around for it.

03-27-2005, 04:50 PM
It would sell FAST on eBay <LOL>!!!

03-27-2005, 04:52 PM
A turbine powered by the tide and you can run it right there, plus no need for a coolent pump.

bring a spear gun to catch lunch too.

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03-27-2005, 05:16 PM
Sounds Fishy to me!!!!

03-27-2005, 06:33 PM
Got to watch out for those second hand machinery dealers some of them are real sharks http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif


charlie coghill
03-27-2005, 06:54 PM
I hate to think of all the mills and lathes that are laying on the ocean floor along with every thing that went with them. Material and humans. http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//frown.gif

03-27-2005, 07:00 PM
do you have the GPS numbers for that?...jim

Dave Opincarne
03-27-2005, 07:13 PM
11°30'N, 165°25'E, Has been in it's present location since July 1, 1946

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03-27-2005, 08:33 PM
"Free For The Hauling - Prentice-Reed
Lathe "

Looks to be only about a 1/4 fathom swing, but a full fathom between centers. How many knots does she run at?

One thing that does puzzle me about your description, I saw plenty of Reeds but where was the Apprentice?


03-27-2005, 08:36 PM
Resembles my old shop.

Doc Nickel
03-27-2005, 09:25 PM
"Minor surface rust".


03-27-2005, 09:39 PM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Doc Nickel:
"Minor surface rust".

The rust is not a problem! All you need is an iron electrode, water and washing soda (Arm & Hammer is good) and a battery charger. About a tablespoon of soda to each gallon of water. Make sure the electrode is connected to the positive (red) terminal. Connect the lathe to the negative(black). You'll know it's working when the ocean starts to bubble.

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03-27-2005, 10:27 PM
It just needs a little "lite oil and steel wool"
"Buy it now" $15,000 (Reserve not met) http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

03-27-2005, 10:30 PM
All those barnacles are just protecting the pristine metal. Should clean up like a gold coin.

Dave Opincarne
03-27-2005, 10:47 PM
Oh, I did forget one thing, it might be just a teensy bit radioactive. I'm not certain though since it is a divable location.

How bout this: I list it as free on e-bay with a generic picture, highest bidder to recieve the exact location. Just call it a finders fee.

03-28-2005, 12:25 AM
.........I saw a very similar situation in the making, along this line. When I was in the Navy (USS Noa DD841) they pulled in 3 old Fletcher class cans that were going to be sunk as gunnery targets.

However for the week they were tied up alongside the tender, all the Destroyer commands were invited aboard to strip off any useable parts, etc. The tender had strung a rudimentary set of lights into the main engineering spaces, but you also had to bring lighting as most other compartments were dark.

I was a 3rd class Interior Communications elctrician and our shop PO was a 1st class. He made a beeline to each one of the IC shops and managed to snag 4 pancake switches. These were off the main gyro board for directing the output to various repeaters. These were 8 rotor switches and all the contacts were solid platinum.

I had no idea or I'd have been looking for them myself. They weren't useable to us but the platinum was useable to him! We also hit the machine shop looking for hand tools, but it was a wish more then anything as these ships had been in mothballs a long time and anything small and loose was long gone. Each one still had a lathe and I think one had a milling machine also. I wasn't interested in that at the time so I didn't bother to even really look at them.

We also got several syncro motors, several growler phone sets and a couple 21MC sets which proved to be junk later on. Sure was a lot of taxpayer dollars sent to the bottom.


03-28-2005, 03:55 AM
Lathe! no way. Thats a boat anchor for a barge. I got one without the barnacles in the local second hand yard.
Eat more fish.

03-28-2005, 07:45 AM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by Dave Opincarne:

How bout this: I list it as free on e-bay with a generic picture, highest bidder to recieve the exact location. Just call it a finders fee.</font>

Dave,do I get a commisson on the sale? http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif I work cheap,10% http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

Duct Taper
03-28-2005, 10:48 AM
Does it have the coraled ways or the barnacled ones?

03-28-2005, 01:59 PM
I've heard stories from retired members of the navy that, at times, they were forced to dump full toolboxes into the sea, and if they took any or gave them away, they would get "fired". Anyone ever go diving for these treasures later on??


03-29-2005, 06:41 AM
Hoffman can do wonders with old machines like that http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

all the best...mark

03-29-2005, 11:34 AM
<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">I've heard stories from retired members of the navy that, at times, they were forced to dump full toolboxes into the sea, and if they took any or gave them away, they would get "fired".</font>

They are not allowed to throw government property out, however things were "floated tested" at times. Hoists and come-alongs that have been over stressed were commonly floated tested. Definitely don't try to take one home, that would be stealing. Also a lot of float testing when coming home in the fall before the tools & supplies arrived.

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Duct Taper
03-29-2005, 01:30 PM
It looks like a job for Alistair and his beautiful paint! http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif