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What actual ships/boats have you been on?

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I know that many, of not most of you (especially those who served in the Navy), have been on a lot more ships than me but it would be interesting to see how many of the community have have at least set foot on a real ship (even a museum ship).

Myself, I've only been on three ships, and two of them were technically boats. The most impressive was the USS North Carolina (BB-55), which is one reason why I like to play it in the game. The other two were docked museum submarines. One was the USS Pampanito (SS-383) and the other was the USS Nautilus (SSN-571).

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USS El Paso (LKA-117) served on, USS Whidbey Island (LSD-41) served on and commission, USS Fairfax County (LST-1193) TAD for a few weeks, USS Olympia (C-6) and USS Becuna (SS-319) visited them both in Philadelphia.

While on shore duty - SIMA, I had been aboard some other ships for repairs, equipment transfer and inspections  - USS Vulcan (AR-5), USS Albany (CA-123), USS Charleston (LKA-113) and some others I do not remember anymore.

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Just now, Nukelavee45 said:

The Intrepid, and the sub docked with it in NY harbour

Same. Intrepid and Growler, if I remember right. A picture I took of Intrepid is my iPad background.

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Museum ships visited:

USS Olympia (C-6), USS North Carolina (BB-55), USS Missouri (BB-63), USS Laffey (DD-724), USS Wisconsin (BB-64), USS Clamagore (SS-343), USS Yorktown (CV-10), NS Savannah, USS Arizona (BB-39), USS Constitution, USS Cod (SS-224), USS Bowfin (SS-287), SS Jeremiah O'Brien, U-505.

Ships I've sailed on courtesy of Uncle Sam:

USS Kearsarge (LHD-3), USS New Orleans (LPH-11), USS Tripoli (LPH-10), USS Tarawa (LHA-1), USS Peleiu (LHA-5), USS Saipan (LHA-2), USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19), USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20), USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3), USS Denver (LPD-9), USS Manitowoc (LST-1180), USNS John P. Bobo.

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HMCS Haida, and when I return to London someday I'm definitely going on the Belfast; it's one of the things I missed when I went there this past April. As well, I'm definitely visiting the Intrepid when I go to New York.

BTW, does the Cutty Sark count even though she's not a military ship?

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2 minutes ago, 1Sherman said:

BTW, does the Cutty Sark count even though she's not a military ship?

Oh my yes! The Cutty Sark is one of the most iconic ships in history.

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2 minutes ago, Snargfargle said:

Oh my yes! The Cutty Sark is one of the most iconic ships in history.

I took so many pictures of me on her and I bought an extremely interesting book on her when I visited. I'd upload a photo of me at her wheel if it wasn't too big for the file attachment thing to handle.

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Lakers while in the Merchant Marine

Charles M. Beeghly, John Sherwin, Thomas Wilson

Navy as a civilian inspector

USS Enterprise (during a refit, nuclear motor bearing replacement)

As a tourist

USS Constitution

Maybe the Texas or the Mighty Mo. I was pretty young and don't remember the details.

 

 

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22 minutes ago, 1Sherman said:

BTW, does the Cutty Sark count even though she's not a military ship?

Does drinking Cutty Sark count?

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USS Olympia in Philadelphia; USS Ling in Hackensack, NJ (sub, visited years ago, I don't think its there anymore), USS Pampanito in San Francisco (sub), USS Torsk (sub) and USS Constellation (sail) in Baltimore, USS Arizona, USS Texas (most recent).  Also PT-309 at the National Museum of the Pacific War (Fredericksburg, TX).

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Keep remembering others I've visited after seing other posts....

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19 minutes ago, hofmannsc said:

Does drinking Cutty Sark count?

Not even close. The real ship is a thing of beauty with a rich history. Downing a bottle of scotch that has her name doesn't compare.

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Visited:

USS Arizona memorial, USS Missouri (BB-63), USS Alabama (BB-60), USS Drum (SS-228), USS Yorktown (CV-10), USS Laffey (DD-724)

 

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- HMAS Vampire (D11)

- HMAS Onslow (SS 60)

- HMAS Advance (P 83)

Ship names classified with initials:

- SSS SI

- SSS BB

- SSS SS 

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USSs Missouri, Midway, Lexington, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Joseph P. Kennedy Jr, Lionfish, Silversides, Constitution.  Might be a couple I'm forgetting.

One of my goals is to walk on all four Iowas.  Two down, two to go.

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HMS Victory and the USS Constitution.  SSN 571, USS Bowfin.  Some Crap ships in Mystrictouristtrap CT.  Got a short tour of the one of the Brit VTOL carriers.  Whichever one was in Portsmouth at the time. (1999 or so) I think it was the Illustrious?

Re-enlisted on the surrender deck of the USS Missouri.  It was kind of funny, the Japanese tourists there thought we were part of the exhibit, and bowed.  Not knowing what to do, my CO, XO, and the COB all bowed back.  They bowed again, and said thank you.  Still not sure what it all meant.  It was a little surreal.  Been to where the Utah was moored, we were doing bump and goes off the pier back there, the one on the backside of Ford Island,  you can see the Pearl City Power plant there.  Stood a pier watch on that pier, and man, you get some strange sounds, odd feelings.  Noting like standing watch over on Ford Island in the warehouses where they stored those who were dying after Dec 7th.  Crazy crapgoing on there, all I am going to say.   A lot of pissed off ghosts?

Served aboard the Cheyenne, Hawkbill, and Providence.

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I've only been on Wisconsin so far, but I plan to visit the other Iowa class ships and many more. 

It was a heck of an experience though. You don't really understand how enormous they are till you're right there. 

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If anyone gets the chance to make it to Pearl Harbor and is thinking about touring the Missouri:

There is the regular tour, but there is also a more in-depth tour that goes further into the bowels of the ship, to the engine rooms and the like.  It costs more but I highly recommend it.  When I went it was a slow day I guess because it was just myself, my wife, and the tour guide on the tour.

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USCGC Biscayne Bay (WTGB-104), USCGC Katmai Bay (WTGB-101), USCGC Neah Bay (WTGB-105), USCGC Alder (WLB-216), USCGC Mackinaw (WAGB-83), USCGC Mackinaw (WLBB-30), USCGC Halibut (WPB-87340), USCGC Narwhal (WPB-87335). 

USS Cod (SS-224), USS Pampanito (SS-383), USS Iowa  (BB-61), USS Midway  (CV-41)

There are a ton of other ships and cutters I have been on that I can't recall. My current unit sees a lot of visitors.

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