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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)

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  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. 2 hours ago, Allie Mo, SASS No. 25217 said:

    Arrgh! It went off again. Then, came back up in about a minute.


    Likely a driver took out a pole or a tree that took out a line. 

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  7. Victory Day Parade.


    I do sometimes wonder about the guys who show up at about 4:50, and others in that role, How bad did they screw up and in front of whom to draw that duty?


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