PHOTOS: HMAS Gladstone rewired, almost ready for public

A TEAM of electricians has swapped their usual office for a ship.

ADE Electrical has rewired all of HMAS Gladstone with lights and fans for free.

The work, which would have cost up to $1000, was done voluntarily by the company.

ADE Electrical owner Tony Bryce said they were happy to do the work on the iconic Gladstone ship.

It was the finishing touch needed to finally open the ship up to the public.

"It's been a big learning curve for us," Mr Bryce said.

"It's the first time we've worked on a naval ship.

"I can remember it sitting over there in the Gladstone Harbour and thinking wouldn't it be cool to work on that one day."

The whole team, including apprentices, have volunteered, even on weekends, to get the ship switched on.

"We feel pretty lucky not just to be walking through the ship, but to be working on it as well," tradesman Hayden Rowley said.

Mr Rowley and Mr Bryce worked on the ship yesterday, preparing it for this weekend's cruise ship arrival, when passengers will be invited to step on deck. Maritime Museum Gladstone president Lindsay Wassell said they still needed tour guide volunteers for Sunday's arrival.

He hopes to start guided tours on the ship for the public by Easter.

Tour guides will be given all relevant information about HMAS Gladstone.

For more information contact Mr Wassell on 0419722495.

The team:

Tony Bryce

Hayden Rowley

Quinn Jarvis

Trent Bailey

Sam Battye



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