The R/V Hero spent 5 months at the Al Larson Boat Shop on Terminal Island (an establishment that has been there since 1903--they did the 1984 Hero overhaul) between June and November 1980. The vessel had last been in the United States in 1974 for a major overhaul because of dry rot...and this 1980 yard period was for more repairs to the hull where dry rot had been discovered. Below, some views of the hull repair and other work in progress.
$1.1 million had been allocated for the repair; however, the damage was not as extensive has first believed, and repairs were accomplished under the original estimate. In addition to the scheduled repairs, the mast, top and side spars, and boom were replaced, and a 1-ton articulated crane was installed to improve loading and unloading from the ship's well deck.
Next...the Hero brochure ("your stay...NOT!") published by ITT/ANS.