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Tuesday, 06 December 2016 17:08

Submarine Surfaces at BOCES School

Written by Terry Brown, Duty Calls


BOCES Career and Technical School student Nijuan West of Schenectady looks on as submarine veteran Al Singelman points out the artwork on the replica submarine. (Photo provided by Mike McCagg / BOCES)


Capital Region BOCES (Boards of Cooperative Educational Services) Career and Technical School students are restoring a replica of a World War II Balao class submarine.

The Albany-Saratoga Chapter of U.S. Submarine Veterans uses the replica on floats in parades and for educational purposes.


The sub surfaced at Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School in Colonie, bringing a repair challenge and a mission that students promise to complete.


Students from the automotive, welding, auto body, carpentry services and other programs joined forces for the project.


"Rather than being made solely of metal — as real submarines are — the sub is a combination of materials, providing multiple CTE programs the opportunity to work on and restore the piece," BOCES spokesman Mike McCagg said.


Chapter members used wood as they built the sub float more than eight years ago.


"It's starting to rot and come apart in some areas," said Bill Preece, a member of submarine veterans organization. "We were looking for someone to restore it for us and someone recommended BOCES. Now we are very happy to be getting the work done."


The project provides hands-on learning opportunities for students while also teaching the value of giving back to the community and honoring those who served our country, James Haas, work-based learning coordinator for BOCES, said.


"It's a fantastic project," he said. "Students from several programs will be involved as it teaches the kids not just about the technical skills they are learning, but about the value of good citizenship."


Students will use metal as they restore the sub, chapter member Al Singleman said. The restoration will give the sub a much longer life.

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