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  1. One of my brothers just sent me a text message with this link:  https://destroyerhistory.org/fletcherclass/ussradford/index.asp?r=44600&pid=44603

    And a follow up of "You may already have this, but Radford was Mikes ship, pretty much on it's last or next to last cruise when Mike was on it, but brand new when it towed Wakefield. Dad's Brooklyn saved 800 or 1000 off Wakefield, so in a small way, Mike and Dad's paths crossed way before Mike was a gleam or glimmer in Dad's eye. How about that?"

    Dad was a Fleet Marine on the Brooklyn (CL-40)

  2. 2 minutes ago, Pat Riot, SASS #13748 said:

    You gotta do what ya gotta do to get home. :)


    Improvise, adapt, and overcome.

    More on it:


    All hands were soon employed in making a foresail out of the crew’s hammocks. Eight hammocks were stitched together, forming a sail, held by a frame made from dismantled bunks. The entire structure was then tied to the vertical kingpost of the torpedo loading crane, located forward of the submarine’s superstructure.

    However, a submarine was much heavier and had a much lower silhouette than let’s say a 16th-century Spanish galleon. With the foresail, it achieved a speed of no more than one knot (1.2 mph; 1.9 km/h).

    So Lieutenant Gallemore decided to produce additional sails in order to gain speed. His do-it-yourself approach certainly motivated the sailors who were just several hours earlier contemplating their impending doom.

    They built a mainsail out of six blankets and attached it to the radio mast, which added another half a knot to the total speed of the ship. In addition to this, another half a knot was achieved by stitching up another eight blankets and assembling yet another frame out of bunk beds.

    The third sail was then added to the vertically placed boom of the torpedo loading crane.

    Traveling at a speed of almost three knots, Gallemore was able to start recharging the batteries of the electric motors. After 69 hours of sailing, they finally reached the easternmost tip of the Hawaii islands and entered Hilo Harbor on the morning of May 15, 1921.

    For the achievement and spirit of innovation, Lieutenant Douglas received a letter of commendation from his Submarine Division Commander, CDR Chester W. Nimitz.

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  3. USS R-14 (SS-91) - Wikipedia


    Seen here are the jury-rigged sails used to bring R-14 back to port in 1921; the mainsail rigged from the radio mast is the top sail in the photograph, and the mizzen made of eight blankets also is visible. R-14’s acting commanding officer, Lieutenant Alexander Dean Douglas, USN, is at top left, without a hat. (Source: US Naval Historical Center).




    Title: USS R-14
    Description: (SS-91) Under full sail in May 1921. While searching for the missing USS Conestoga (AT-54) southeast of Hawaii, the R-14 lost her powerplant. As repairs were unsuccessful, her crew rigged a jury sail, made of canvas battery deck covers, to the periscope and sailed her to Hilo. She arrived there on 15 May 1921, after five days under sail. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.
    Catalog #: NH 52858
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  4. 1 hour ago, Hells Comin said:

    Wonder if the governor was without power.


    No need to get all pissy-politcal.  As I understand it Miss Allie lives in the Sierra Foothills,  I don't know who her provider is. 

    A lot of the Foothill and mountain areas in N. California are under a Red Flag fire warning.  I live in Santa Rosa,  Sonoma County.   We have power go out 2 or 3 times a year just due to trees falling,  people hitting poles, or transformers blowing. 


    Her description sounds more like a physical problem with equipment rather than a Planned Power Outage.

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  5. 5 hours ago, Cold Lake Kid, SASS # 51474 said:

    I wonder what it actually costs to charge one of these EVs and what it works out to per mile or km?


    At the Chargepoint and EVgo places I have used it is 26 cents a minute.  Takes about 45 minutes to go from 15% to fully charged. Call it 12 bucks.   That gives me about 140 miles. That's,  what? 8 cents a mile?  


    Using the slow charger it came with for home use is harder to work out. I've done a few 12 and 14 hour charges, and a bunch of call it 4 hour charges to "top off" and it added maybe 30 bucks to the PG&E  bill.  Maybe 3 cents a mile. 


    Compare to 90 bucks for 280 miles we got with the Tundra.

  6. 20 minutes ago, Four-Eyed Buck,SASS #14795 said:

    He wasn't particularly fond of it either:mellow::lol::blush:


    I'm going to guess that it was because he got teased about it as a kid.


    I'll also take a guess that his family was Greek. 


    And likely wrong on both. 

  7. I've been saying it for two decades, all the alphabet soup regulatory agencies must be reined in and all "regulations" that have the force of law suspended until they are run through Congress, debated, voted on, and signed into law.  Any future "regulations" that have force of law likewise must be run through Congress as the Constitution requires.

    Sort of like the word games the CA Legislature plays calling a tax a "fee" to avoid supermajority requirements.

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  8. 50 minutes ago, Utah Bob #35998 said:

    Yeah that’s what I did. Just a static sound.....in addition to the normal telephone bells. :(



    The initial wind, then the static hum.  Fortunately it is at a slightly different pitch than my tinnitus so I can hear it with reasonable clarity.  

    Every once in a while I wonder what silence would seem like now.

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  9. 36 minutes ago, Alpo said:

    Let's say, just for giggles, that my town decided to put up a statue to the mayor.


    The day after it is unveiled, I take my mother, my daughter, and both of my granddaughters to see it, and laugh at it, and throw tomatoes.


    And the newspaper says, "four generations have been coming by to see this statue".


    Technically, I suppose, that would be true, since there were four generations in that little family visit.


    But since the statue is only been there for one day, saying "four generations have been coming by" is pretty much a lie.



    Even if we stipulate that a "generation" is 20 years, 33 years takes it into the next "generation" and is long enough for one generation to bring its offspring, that would be the 2nd generation, to see it.  Two isn't singular, so even by your pedantery that would be "generations," plural.


    Unless you are using common core math in which 2 is less than or equal to 1.


  10. 8 minutes ago, Trailrider #896 said:

    Apparently whatever was left after reentry splashed down in the Indian Ocean North of the Maldives.  You can remove your tinfoil helmet now.  Also, SpaceX successfully launched another 60 satellites and recovered the same booster for the tenth time!  Only got to see Elon Musk for part of SNL.  He is something else! 





  11. Looked at strictly by an arbitrarily set number of years I have usually heard 20 years, and in general is what I use.  In the context of this article I looked at it from a familial relationship point of view.  We hear of heirlooms or family farms being "passed to the next generation," meaning that it gets handed down to the children of the current owner, and they are expected to pass it on to one of their children.  I pity the kids in a family that has a tradition that "One child in each generation needs to have the name of Great, great^26 grandfathers 2nd wife's mother, Mezmedep." or some such foolishness.


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