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    Naval History, wargaming and writing fiction and science fiction.

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  1. CAPT_Rob

    Just a pic I like

    I was a modern era sailor, the smallest ship I served in was a 563 foot long Spruance class destroyer, 7800 tons. Being out on deck for refueling in weather could be fun. The largest a 40,000 ton assault ship a little bit bigger and heavier than a WWII Essex. Taking water solid over the bow ... more than 40 above the waterline in the North Atlantic. Doing it in a sailing ship? I ain't THAT crazy.
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    WoWs Tall Ships

    I have this as a screensaver on my computer at work. I don't know how many coworkers have said "Nice photoshop" and then tell them "it ain't a photoshop."
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    Your favorite Tall ship/Sailing Vessel???

    My current favorite tall ship is the Sloop of War Constellation (launched 1854) currently berthed in the Baltimore Maryland Inner Harbor. This ship served in the Anti-slavery patrols off the African coast and later in the Mediterranian during the American Civil War. She was the last pure sail powered warship built for the USN. Even though rated as a 'Sloop of War' she is larger, heavier and was better armed than the original 36 gun frigate Constellation (1797). Both Constellations were fast enough to carry the nickname 'Yankee Racehorse.' As I understand from her history this ship was even able to catch some of the speedy slave ships of the era. Not bad for a warship designed to lug around something like 100 tons or so of artillery on her gun and weather decks. I sometimes wonder what the outcome might have been if this Constellation had been fortunate to catch and cross swords with the raider CSS Alabama of that same era. I write fiction and sci-fi as a hobby ... hmm ... I feel a need to do some research into both ships and put fingers to word processor.
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    Your favorite Tall ship/Sailing Vessel???

    I highly recommend the book, I read it shortly after it came out. My wife knew I was interested in it and bought it for me to read while I was recovering in the hospital from cancer surgery. The floor Charge Nurse looked at it briefly while a student was taking my vital signs and asked "Don't you find this dry reading?" I told her "No, I enjoy naval history and I AM a recovering sailor."
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    Your favorite Tall ship/Sailing Vessel???

    As I recall from reading the book the Acheron was very close to or of similar design to the Constitution and her two sisters President and United States, very similar hull design with the same thickness of hull. Only ships of the line similar to 1st Rate Victory were protected with hull timbers and sheathing double that of the US 44 gun frigates. Most SOLs were better protected than the US 44s but not twice as well.
  6. CAPT_Rob

    BB 36 on the move

    After the ABLE test (airburst) maybe. After the BAKER subsurface test ... not a chance in hell. Shock damage from the subsurface blast would have damaged or dismounted too much equipment and piping in the powerplants even though she was no where near as close to ground zero for BAKER as she was for ABLE. Either way radioactive contamination made most of the ships at Bikini radioactive death traps. Even in 'deep shelter' well down in the bowels of the ship radiation from the bursts or fallout would kill almost everyone aboard within a few weeks of the blasts.
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    BB 36 on the move

    I had heard the same thing, either Mobile or somewhere nearby ... Pascagula MS perhaps. Whereever she goes I hope Texas gets all the underwater work she needs and nothing is left 'for later' as happens all too often. Someone else here said "6 months, perhaps as much as 2 years." I would count on the longer time since once they get her up out of the water and open the hull, speaking as a sailor that's taken ships through drydocking, I'd estimate there is a minimum 150% chance of them finding even more age related damage that must be addressed before closing her back up and putting her back in the water.
  8. If you get the chance I highly recommend visiting this lady. I'm a sailor of the 1980s - 1990s and to me she is incredible. I tip my hat to the men who served and died in her. Even though she never got the opportunity to meet another BB in a fight I think she and her men would have aquitted themselves well. When she first engaged in combat, escorting USS Enterprise off Guadalcanal she proved to be death incarnate to the attacking Japanese airmen, her AA seeming to 'explode like a volcano' according to one description from a man serving in Enterprise. She lost men to both enemy action and friendly fire. It appears she is being well taken care of though like all of the museum ships she probably needs drydocking and inspection.
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    The First Six Frigates as "Battlecruisers"?

    Very true. In 1917 USS Constitution and the Civil War Era Sloop of War USS Constellation (in commission at the time) were renamed to free those names for Lexington class battle cruisers though I don't think the Navy went so far as to paint the new names on the hulls. The names were reverted back after cancellation of those two new ships, the re-renaming happened in 1926. Constitution continues in commission, Constellation was decommissioned for the final time in 1955 and donated to the city of Baltimore MD.
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    Ships and lines.

    No such thing as an "idiot proof" anything, but my recommendation as a good T3 cruiser would be the USN St Louis, it isn't fast but it has a butt load of guns and can take or dishout damage like nobody's business.
  11. Quite true, with the exception of nods to modern regulations like navigation lighting, radar, electric or diesel pumps and such and the convenience of the auxiliary diesels they are in essence ships that Christian, Bligh and Nelson would be familiar with and could sail without a problem ... and those seamen would probably appreciate the convenience of having those auxiliary diesels to get them in and out of port without lots of backing and filling and 'warping' or kedging or avoiding being becalmed for days or weeks at a time. I've seen photos of Surprise out of the water, she's a twin screw frigate. Even I could drive that.
  12. One replica that's made it into movies was 'HMS Bounty' built for the Brando version of Mutiny on the Bounty. It had been intended that this ship be burned as part of the movie as the original had been by the mutineers. Brando wouldn't allow it and the ship survived until she ran afoul of 'Super Storm Sandy' a few years ago. She went down taking her Captain with her and ironically a decendant of Fletcher Christian was killed during evacuation of the ship. Another is the former replica 'HMS Rose' which served the Royal Navy as a 24 or 28 gun frigate. She was taken in hand and modified to represent the 28 gun HMS Surprise in the movie Master and Commander. Both ships had diesels for auxiliary power but were intended from the outset to sail. The photo below of Surprise is not a photoshop. That's USS Ronald Reagan in the background.
  13. Well put Murotsu, but one little 'nit' to pick. In the USN the officer next senior to the Captain is called the Executive Officer or XO. You find First Officers in the merchant marine (and Federation Starships) though some merchant marine companies refer to the second in command of their ships as Executive Officer also. The USN also has a position called 'First Lieutenant.' This individual is usually the officer in charge of the Deck Force or First Division. This officer can be (and in destroyers or smaller often is) an Ensign (O-1) or Lieutenant Junior Grade (O-2.) I realize you probably already know much if not all of this but a lot of our readers have even less knowledge of naval service than my wife's cat. Wife knows nearly as much as I do, she's former USN also. Also, aboard ship the Captain is the only ship's officer with two cabins. The Captain's In Port Cabin is actually a stateroom, usually with it's own head (toilet and shower) and often separate sleeping and office areas. The Captain's Sea Cabin is usually located right next to the Bridge so that if the Officer of the Deck hollars for help or advice at night the Skipper has to walk only a few paces and he's right there. That cabin usually only has room for a fold down bunk, a desk and a head with shower. Depending upon the size and class of the ship the XO's stateroom usually also has its own head with shower and a combined sleeping cabin with a desk. In larger ships the XO's stateroom can have separate sleeping and office areas. The Executive Officer, as you wrote is President of the Wardroom Mess. When the Captain dines there it is as a guest of the Wardroom even if he does not have his own mess facilities. Flag Officers (One Star or higher Admiral or Marine General) embarked in larger warships equipped with Flag Quarters usually have facilities similar to the Captain with both Sea and Inport Cabins. Flag Officers usually also rate having their own Mess facilities. For the record I retired from the USN 25 years ago as a Petty Officer First Class (E-6.)
  14. Very true about the Condor bomb load. Condor was an excellent long range aircraft that started life as a commercial passenger design and was pressed into service as a long range maritime recon aircraft for which it proved quite valuable, sighting and tracking TransAtlantic and Murmansk run convoys for the U-boat fleet.
  15. No worries, I caught on to your being in subs by the "ss" following your rate. I was a surface sailor, first went to sea in a Spruance class DD, earned my ESWS pin in USS Caron (DD 970.) UNREP for fuel was an every other day thing while at sea on deployment. I've seen SSNs loading stores and torps from Tenders, it's even more difficult than we had it on the DD. The Tarawa class LHA I finished my career in, taking stores alongside the pier was easy. We had vehicle ramps to the pier and a couple of nice heavy diesel forklifts and the heavy "B and A" crane just aft of the island on the flight deck, elevators to move stores to the holds and magazines and vehicle ramps that ran everywhere from the landing craft well deck up to the flight deck. The same general layout was applied to the Wasp class LHD and new America class LHA. The Spruance DD, Perry class FFG and Burke class DDG were all designed in a "modular" layout. The Spruance LOOKS like it's underarmed (or at least did when first launched) at one end of the spectrum, with lots of room for added goodies, toys and whistles ... much of it almost "plug and play" even in the weapons and electronic fitout. The Ticonderoga CG lays at the opposite end of that spectrum, but it's nothing more than a Spruance with all those added toys and whistles, much of which is inside that expanded superstructure. At it's core the Tico class IS a Spruance class, same below deck layout, very similar engineering plant, same drive systems, gear box, shaft and CRP (Controllable Reversable Propellers.) The engineering plant was so good that the Spruance system was modified only slightly and applied to the Arleigh Burke DDG class. The Spruances were modified extensively over their lifetimes, the biggest VISIBLE change was removal of the ASROC "Pepperbox" launcher forward of the superstructure and the 61 cell MK-41 VLS plugged into its place. Even though I retired in 1993 I try to stay abreast of Naval affairs.
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