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How I spent my summer vacation
Memories of Chuck Blake
In Holly Loch, we had a last minute lecture in dry dock safety. Safety!? We'd just spend a light overhaul in floating dry-dock in rotten New London. Next question...why aren't the O-div'ers here? When we got topside we discovered that the O-div'ers had taken all the ships foul weather gear and left us in wet bluejackets. (Guess you had to watch everybody!)
This is how I
spend my summer vacation, circa 1977.
Blue nose in diesel
This is me just
after my bluenose initiation. It really doesn't show but one half
of my beard and the other half of my mustache have been shaved
off. And I have full razor-width whitewalls. Not visible is the
Prussian blue and the Crisco. Hazing was still much in fashion.
This picture was taken in 667's diesel generator room where I'd
hidden. It was all for laughs but still just a bit too much fun.
I was ready to be out of earshot of the laughter and wanting my
turn in the shower. They'd pulled the fuses from the water heater
so the showers were cold. But you know what? I've got that Arctic
Circle / Bluenose poster framed and on the wall right behind this
computer, so I must not have been too traumatized. On the caption
I'd written that we were under 14 feet of ice when this was
And then there
was Joe Miracle
This is he. And a really good cook he was. This is on the bow in Lisbon Portugal. He'd just come up to cool off from the galley. Joe really went out of his was to add a little spice or a special touch to liven the grub up. He was really a chef. I wonder where he got off to...?
We tied up in
Lisbon and I had the duty. The tide was more than we expected.
The lines got real taught and then some gober had put a bight on
line four so that the ship was holding the standing end down. MM2
Richardson and an unidentified O-div'er pondered the dilema while
the tide continued to rise. (Another exciting time to enjoy!)
A sail to
Wands pood -- mm2 Charlie Wands keeps Bergall safe by standing roof watch in Lisbon. Doesn't the duty just suck when you been cooped up in a can for months and there's a whole world out there to see?
A friend in
front of Mount Vesuvius
Naples Italy! I cheated the fates. I saw Naples and here I am to tell about it. I think we even had a few drinks.