Midcoast Lens: Pile driver
Camden — On Tuesday, Oct. 16, Art Tibbetts Marine was in Camden Harbor to drive the first piling for the new town float launched the day before.
The group effort involved Rockport Steel, Mike Moody, Camden town employees and Art Tibbetts' crew as well as a couple of flatbed trucks as the float system was navigated into the water.
Each piling has its own serial number and after waiting months for the greenheart wood pilings to clear customs, the work was ready to begin.
The piling end gets a pencil lead cut and is attached by crane to the pile driver machinery.
Greenheart wood is grown in the South American jungle and is "super heavy, water rot resistent and the most durable wood for pilings," said Matt Tibbetts.
When submerged in water, greenheart will last decades. The wood does not need to be treated and some say it seems to have a natural insect repellant.
Art Tibbetts Marine workers expect to be in the harbor for about a week to place 12 new pilings, four sets of three dolphins.
The new dock will feature two 40-foot berths and one 60-foot berth, the latter being the winter berth for the schooner Mistress. The larger berth will also be used as a transient berth for the public.
The berths will provide tie-up for anyone performing repairs, with a need to bail out or for general maintenance on vessels.
The old dinghy dock is still attached but Harbormaster Steve Pixley is looking to replenish the harbor fund and replace the aforementioned dock, he said.
The harbor project has been morphing during the last 25 years, said Pixley, in his 12th year as harbormaster. "Safety is no accident" is one of his favorite sayings, he said, adding the new dock will provide that safety.
It also will provide more service for the public, both visitors and residents.
Pixley offered a friendly reminder that all dinghys should have been removed unless a winter permit has been issued. Steamboat landing launch will also be pulled soon, he said. Dinghys can, and will, be extracted at the owner's expense if not removed, Pixley said.