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A line locker, in my experience, is the place on a boat where all manner of miscellaneous line and rope is kept. It’s like the “junk drawer” in your house. I haven’t used this title in over three years, but when I get behind and have a set of unrelated fotos, it seems a needed catergory.
So . . . since yesterday’s post had a foto of Indy 7, which Harold Tartell’s wonderfully detailed in a comment, I went back to fotos from two years ago that I’ve never posted. Behold the stern of Indy 7′s mother ship, Brooklyn Navy Yard’s own CV-62, USS Independence, which as of two years ago still
languished in Bremerton, WA, next to another Brooklyn vessel, USS Constellation, the last carrier built anywhere other than Norfolk. Indy 7 . . . behold your mother.
The next three fotos come from John Watson. Here’s another shot of the Chinese-built Algerian corvette Soummam 937. Here–scroll through interesting fotos of other “small navies” –are some fotos of Soummam at the shipyard in Shanghai.
Here’s John’s Friday morning foto of Horizon Producer, in service since 1974; by Saturday, she was outbound for San Juan.
A few weeks ago here I ran the “fish flag.” In response, Capt. Mark Helmkamp, manager of Ocean Tug and Salvage Ship class for the Military Sealift Command wrote the following: “I had APACHE paint the “Fish Flag” on her bridge wing in reference to the Navy ASR’s – particularly the CHANTICLEER Class that I rode as a young officer – as the T-ATFs picked up that Navy mission along with the T-ARSs when the ASRs (CHANTICLEERs and PIGEONs) were decom’d. The Fish Flag was flown during Submarine Rescue Chamber ops – the McCann chamber – designed by Swede Momsen, [my note: who grew up in Queens]. The ASRs used to exercise the SRC to a ‘false seat” a few times a year after laying a four-point moor using the “cloverleaf method” that preceded GPS. . .
We also had the Fish Flag painted on the bows of the ASRs…this goes back to the SQUALUS rescue. . .
Currently, SALVOR [T-ARS-52] is eligible to paint the Fish Flag too as she has worked the SRC for training.”
The MSC poster below shows sibling vessels of Salvor.
When I visited Apache in Little Creek, I also saw Grapple ARS-53.
Grapple was involved in the recovery efforts for Egypt Air Flight 990 off Nantucket in 1999. Click here for a complete set of missions performed by T-ARS Grasp, including the recovery of JFK Jr.’s Piper 32 and remains.
Thanks to all who contributed.
Unrelated: Thanks to Walter Scott for sending along this obit.
Knowing what I knew, Maurania III headed up to the North River–where recently she raced– could only mean one thing, especially
USS New York had done its local doing and was
By the way, I’m with Bloomberg on this one: please stop calling it ground zero. Let’s move on because time has moved on.
Also, for the record, we have a local election in my voting district, and I will hang up every time pollsters call and ask if I feel less or more secure now than before 9/11. It’s a stupid question. IMHO, be vigilant, but there NEVER is such a thing as complete security, although I’m grateful for those who endeavor to keep us secure.
A thrill of looking at naval vessels is their uniformity. To the layperson, which I am, this poorly shot foto shows the stern of a warship of some sort.
Uniformity means anonymity; it does not mean pusillanimity. Warships exude power.
But still, imagine my surprise–if wikipedia is correct about this–when I learned that this vessel–USS Simpson (FFG-56) is one of only TWO total US naval vessels presently commissioned that can claim to have sunk an enemy vessel with its shipboard weaponry . . . aircraft are not “shipboard weaponry.” Can you guess the other? A clue is that it cost less than $4000 to build. And foolish me .. . I didn’t even get a proper foto! In the foreground is an unidentified USACE vessel. Learning the secret of FFG-56 was similar to seeing–and then immediately knowing the back story of–Turner Joy last summer.
Also in port was CG-69 USS Vicksburg, again . . . uniform but powerful would be an understatement. .
I wish I’d taken more fotos, but copious fotos or no . . . I shall remember and appreciate my visit to Mayport.
Oh . . . that other currently commissioned US Navy vessel that has sunk enemy vessel usiing shipboard weaponry . . . is USS Constitution. The vessel it sunk was HMS Guerriere, which although was battling for the British was French-built, taken by the British as a war prize in July 1806.