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Re: My Father's Navy
« Reply #210 on: December 28, 2018, 12:42:36 AM »
The widespread abandonment of fasting during advent and lent has dampened the real holiday feasting considerably and I think we're all poorer for it, as we shove away loaded trays of cookies after a whole season of overindulgence.  It really is the same principle.
Something I had never given any thought to.  Perhaps I will take the time to actually fast next season.  It would be an interesting experiment.  I can imagine the astonishment as I refuse those home made squares while on a fast. 

*I honestly think I may do this.

Re: What is in my Father's notebook? Page 38
« Reply #211 on: December 28, 2018, 12:51:28 AM »
Page 38 discusses doors, hatches and fittings aboard ship.  They are labeled with letter V, W, X, Y and Z and each has a different meaning as when the labeled item should be closed.  For example. Dad has a line item "Z: Close in action".   A little research shows an interior water tight door on an American WWII era destroyer that has a Z prominently labeled.

(BTW - the R2D2 looking thing in the lower center, is a foam dispensing unit for fighting fires.)




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Cool. I spent too much time looking at water tight doors (right up to finding manuals on how to rebuild them) while looking at another thread on BG.  It is interesting to see this written down.  I do seem to recall that they said the hardest part was to get people to actually follow procedure.  When fully locked down you would have to open and close dozens of doors- and lots of people thought if they were just going to a store room and right back out (or even to change a light) that leaving a door open was no big deal and would save time.

What is in my Father's notebook? Page 39
« Reply #212 on: December 29, 2018, 08:30:17 PM »
Page 39 begins a detailed description on the After Body of the Mark XV Torpedo.


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« Reply #213 on: December 31, 2018, 08:25:49 PM »
Page 40 continues the in depth discussion of the components of the after body of the Mark XV Torpedo

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My Father's Navy
« Reply #215 on: January 02, 2019, 10:05:22 PM »
So we've discussed Battleships, Cruisers, Dive Bombers and even Blimps.  Now it's time to get to the Greyhound of the Sea - the Destroyer. 
                         

On the day my Father joined, the United States Navy had 171 Destroyers in commission.  Through out the course of World War II, the US Navy would lose a total of 90 Destroyers.  That is a huge number but the Destroyers were definitely jack of all trades - convoy escort and anti-submarine platform, radar picket, scout, surface action screen for the fleet, torpedo platform, mine sweeper, anti-aircraft platform and shore bombardment platform. They definitely went In Harm's Way and paid a high price for doing so. 

My Dad would serve on two classes of Destroyers during the war - the Wickes Class and the Benson/Gleaves Class.  During his time in the Navy he would see the North Atlantic, Iceland, Greenland, North Africa, England, Ireland, France, Italy, Bermuda, Egypt, Hawaii and Okinawa - all aboard Destroyers.

He was only on the Wickes Class Destroyer for just a short period after he graduated from Torpedo School as he awaited for his new ship to be built.  This was older ship that was designed during WWI.  They had flush decks and four smoke stacks and were known as "4 pipers" as a result. He would make a few convoy escort trips handling the Newfoundland to Iceland leg.

USS Cole - Typical Wickes Class Destroyer


In the later part of 1942 he would transfer to a new Benson/Gleaves Class destroyer.  These were the top of the line Destroyers that the US Navy had at the start of WWII - they would match up decently against their competition but were out gunned by some of the Japanese destroyers.  That would be addressed by newer classes of destroyers as the war went on but Dad was on Benson/Gleaves Class
ships for the duration.  These are actually two classes of destroyers but they are commonly lumped together as the only external visible difference between Benson and Gleaves class ships were the shape of their funnels.

USS Butler - Typical Benson/Gleaves Class Destroyer


We will learn a lot more about this class of ship and the action my Dad saw aboard them in the future of this thread.

Here is Jack Webb narrating a short film called Destroyers: Greyhounds of the Sea   Gives a nice introduction into the roles Destroyers play.


What is in my Father's notebook? [Hiatus]
« Reply #216 on: January 04, 2019, 09:46:06 PM »
The thread will be on Hiatus for a period.  I'm headed to sea in the next day or two. 

I think it will be a little more luxurious than what Dad's experience was.  ;)




Re: What is in my Father's notebook? [Hiatus]
« Reply #217 on: January 15, 2019, 02:42:16 AM »
The thread will be on Hiatus for a period.  I'm headed to sea in the next day or two. 

I think it will be a little more luxurious than what Dad's experience was.  ;)





Hope you had a good time.  With the picture that you posted, I suddenly realize why I have been resistant to "cruise" when friends have asked (I actually never pieced it together until now.)  They all want to go on the massive monstrosities that now steam across the oceans.

When you start getting into some of the larger ones it starts to feel like a floating version of Vegas. (oh, look.  This ship features three cirque shows in addition to 35 restaurants run by 20 celebrity chefs and thee on board casinos.)

I get that seems to be the choices that most people want.  I was tempted last year by a Vancouver to Japan repositioning cruise on a smaller Holland America ship. Expected to dress for dinner- no shore excursions, no trapeze in the main dining room.  Kind of sounded nice.

So, was it fun, what line were you on, and was it your first cruise?

*Bonus question- did you father ever cruise after his service- or did he see enough of the sea to not want to go back regardless of the luxury and food choices?

Re: What is in my Father's notebook? [Hiatus]
« Reply #218 on: January 15, 2019, 10:20:32 PM »
Hope you had a good time.  With the picture that you posted, I suddenly realize why I have been resistant to "cruise" when friends have asked (I actually never pieced it together until now.)  They all want to go on the massive monstrosities that now steam across the oceans.

When you start getting into some of the larger ones it starts to feel like a floating version of Vegas. (oh, look.  This ship features three cirque shows in addition to 35 restaurants run by 20 celebrity chefs and thee on board casinos.)

I get that seems to be the choices that most people want.  I was tempted last year by a Vancouver to Japan repositioning cruise on a smaller Holland America ship. Expected to dress for dinner- no shore excursions, no trapeze in the main dining room.  Kind of sounded nice.

So, was it fun, what line were you on, and was it your first cruise?

*Bonus question- did you father ever cruise after his service- or did he see enough of the sea to not want to go back regardless of the luxury and food choices?

Kind of hard to have a rotten time on vacation but I've certainly had better cruise experiences in the past.  Our first time on Carnival.  A little too rowdy for our tastes.   The food in the
dining room was much better than I would have expected and the shows in the evening were quite good.  Just too much loud, crappy music and large twerking female butts for us. 
We've been on a number of cruises -  Carnival just isn't our thing.

There are some fabulous looking re-positioning cruises out there.  I've always wanted to try one but while you can get a good deal, not sure that you can get the crushing deals that
Mrs. Walks look for.   Our tickets this past cruise were $180 US a head with $25 in credit.   Tough to beat that.   Also she tends to get seasick and you aren't bobbing around in a bathtub when re-positioning.  We went to Bermuda once and got pinned by a Hurricane.  She was most unhappy.  Luckily, it doesn't seem to bother me much.

My folks went on a Great Lakes cruise when I was a young 'un but I think that was the extent of it.  My folks moved to NC so that I could look after them easier.  Took Dad out to the Outer Banks and the Cape Hatteras lighthouse.  He wanted to see it from the land!

Re: What is in my Father's notebook? [Hiatus]
« Reply #219 on: January 16, 2019, 07:40:27 PM »
Kind of hard to have a rotten time on vacation but I've certainly had better cruise experiences in the past.  Our first time on Carnival.  A little too rowdy for our tastes.   The food in the
dining room was much better than I would have expected and the shows in the evening were quite good.  Just too much loud, crappy music and large twerking female butts for us. 
We've been on a number of cruises -  Carnival just isn't our thing.

There are some fabulous looking re-positioning cruises out there.  I've always wanted to try one but while you can get a good deal, not sure that you can get the crushing deals that
Mrs. Walks look for.   Our tickets this past cruise were $180 US a head with $25 in credit.   Tough to beat that.   Also she tends to get seasick and you aren't bobbing around in a bathtub when re-positioning.  We went to Bermuda once and got pinned by a Hurricane.  She was most unhappy.  Luckily, it doesn't seem to bother me much.

My folks went on a Great Lakes cruise when I was a young 'un but I think that was the extent of it.  My folks moved to NC so that I could look after them easier.  Took Dad out to the Outer Banks and the Cape Hatteras lighthouse.  He wanted to see it from the land!
I'm glad you got back safe.  I suppose for $180 a ticket, I might have traveled with you.  I always think that the killer on a repositioning cruise will be the extra costs. After one way airfare from Japan, a few nights in Japan, and a couple of shore excursions suddenly the cruise is twice the price that you think you are paying.

The one that starts at :20 and the one that starts at 1:00 minute are my favourites. Possibly the guy riding the shelving unit in the background at 1:35 makes the whole thing worthwhile. I don't think that much would bother me- but possibly those two cruises would cause my stomach to expel it's contents...


Re: What is in my Father's notebook? [Hiatus]
« Reply #220 on: January 16, 2019, 07:43:24 PM »
Kind of hard to have a rotten time on vacation but I've certainly had better cruise experiences in the past.  Our first time on Carnival.  A little too rowdy for our tastes.   The food in the
dining room was much better than I would have expected and the shows in the evening were quite good.  Just too much loud, crappy music and large twerking female butts for us. 
We've been on a number of cruises -  Carnival just isn't our thing.

There are some fabulous looking re-positioning cruises out there.  I've always wanted to try one but while you can get a good deal, not sure that you can get the crushing deals that
Mrs. Walks look for.   Our tickets this past cruise were $180 US a head with $25 in credit.   Tough to beat that.   Also she tends to get seasick and you aren't bobbing around in a bathtub when re-positioning.  We went to Bermuda once and got pinned by a Hurricane.  She was most unhappy.  Luckily, it doesn't seem to bother me much.

My folks went on a Great Lakes cruise when I was a young 'un but I think that was the extent of it.  My folks moved to NC so that I could look after them easier.  Took Dad out to the Outer Banks and the Cape Hatteras lighthouse.  He wanted to see it from the land!
https://www.9news.com.au/national/2018/10/01/15/49/royal-caribbean-cruise-nightmare-families-horror-playboy-bunnies-wild-bender 


https://www.newsweek.com/cruise-ship-refunds-passengers-after-1300-men-took-over-and-turned-it-giant-1148493