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  • Originally posted by AllDodge View Post
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    Been on board that beast a couple times. I like touring the Alabama a little more 'cuz you can get to more spaces, but the Wisconsin had her rear turret converted for missiles which was pretty wild.

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    • Have not been on her but was on BB63 Missouri. Always loved the battle ships because they were the true meaning of urban renewal and did pretty well at fire support. It was decided we no longer do amphibious landings and the amount of man power it took to run one of them was high.

      The DDG1000 are about the same size but don't expect much from them.
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      • First time I was aboard the Alabama, I happened to be touring it with a friend who had served some on the Iowa. He knew the boat inside and out - even showed me roughly what happened when the number two barbette blew up in '89. Fascinating stuff. Crawling around the turret for the 16s was really impressive - the amount of raw power that was in just one barrel was mind boggling. The breech on the crazy thing is insane.

        The engine rooms are where I find the most fascination. I find it really hard to understand all the components. But one time when visiting Patriot's point, we happened to be in the engine room on the USS Laffey (DD-724) and one of the fellas who was visiting was one of the old engineers who served on board. 40+ years later, he knew every knob, button and valve down there. It was amazing to listen to him.

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        • Have always liked listening to the old salts, always have a wealth of info and history.

          There are not many folks who actually know what happened on the Iowa, and it was not caused by Hartwig. It was a shame for the Navy to try and blame it on him, and Wiki does not tell the whole story
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          • The more recent wiki update gives a little more of the story of the investigation. But, that wasn't something I was real hung on ... in fact, the friend who was explaining it all did so from the standpoint that it was an accident that had several potential causes.

            The thing that was amazing to me was that the barbette apparently raised a full eight feet or better off it's normal resting place. When you're standing there assessing all of the metal : it's unreal.

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            • Soon after the casualty in the gun mount the Iowa was tied up on the pier right opposite the tender I was on at the time. We had a high hatch that opened down which made a nice platform to stand on to have a smoke or just get some fresh air after a night at the CPO club dancing with the fat girls. Looking down there must have been twenty inspectors of some kind or other in white coveralls walking around the gun turret. They were only about forty feet or so from where we were standing. The middle gun was fully depressed and the next thing I notice is one of the white suited guys standing in front of the gun looking down the bore and his head was halfway inside that 16” opening. I remarked to the guys I was standing with that I would love to have a big paper bag right now to blow it up and pop it just to see his reaction.
              The last suit you wear won't need any pockets. You might as well spend it on a boat.

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              • Originally posted by southkogs View Post

                The engine rooms are where I find the most fascination. I find it really hard to understand all the components. But one time when visiting Patriot's point, we happened to be in the engine room on the USS Laffey (DD-724) and one of the fellas who was visiting was one of the old engineers who served on board. 40+ years later, he knew every knob, button and valve down there. It was amazing to listen to him.
                Back in those days there was no such thing as automated systems in the boiler room. Each boiler had multiple burners and the burnerman had to manually turn on and off the burners individually to follow the load. He had to watch the steam pressure gauge to maintain the proper boiler pressure and also keep an eye on the annunciator to see if the bridge was calling for a change in ships speed. The blowerman had to coordinate the forced draft blowers to maintain the proper amount of combustion air. You also had a checkman who’s only job was to watch the water level and supply feed water at the proper rate when needed. They had to work in a close harmony that would put the Andrew Sisters to shame.

                I wonder today how many young men in their late teens or early twenties could be trusted to do that work without a keyboard and a screen to guide them.
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                • I know Tom Doran and have worked with him several times over the years at NOSL (Naval Ordnance Station Louisville). NOSL is where the gun system engineers where at and they where called in during the last investigation. The lead from NOSL once done, framed the Time magazine cover of Hartwig and placed it so he would see it from his desk every day. He wanted to remember what the Navy tried to do to a good sailor.

                  Another good thing is if you go to Time magazine and try to find the cover, its no longer available, a great thing by Time
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                  • Originally posted by dwco5051 View Post
                    I remarked to the guys I was standing with that I would love to have a big paper bag right now to blow it up and pop it just to see his reaction.
                    ... if it was me, that suit wouldn't have been white anymore

                    Interesting stuff guys. I've been completely lost down the rabbit hole of searching Iowa stuff on the net. Dunno' I'll get to LA anytime soon to see her, but it'll probably make me go back down to the Alabama sometime. MANY years ago I was visiting New York and took the ferry out to see the Statue of Liberty. On one portion of the ride - I was too young and dumb to have been paying attention to where we were or what direction I was facing - we saw the New Jersey steaming along (dunno' if it was in or out). I wish I had realized at the time what a unique sight that really was.

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                    • Hate to change directions, but if you guys want to see some very good engineers that can not only design but also fabricate lots of metal fabricated items for a car, check out Project Binky on youtube. Two guys are rebuilding an old Mini to new everything. And their humor is amazing as well. If you want to see a funny but extremely interesting project, give them a check out! I really think you will enjoy it. JMHO
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                      Minn Kota 599 Project https://forums.iboats.com/forum/boat-...ta-599-project

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                      • Our oldest, Mildred



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                        • Originally posted by redneck joe View Post
                          Our oldest, Mildred



                          Appears to be a mere shadow of herself......
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                          • Originally posted by Grub54891 View Post

                            Appears to be a mere shadow of herself......
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                            • <groans>
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                              Girls cry and boys fart in front of friends, but girls fart and boys cry in front of true friends.

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                                The last suit you wear won't need any pockets. You might as well spend it on a boat.

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