posted on Jan, 3 2014 @ 05:21 PM
I've posted this tale before and it look as if it is time to so do once again.
Many years ago..we were having lunch at second shift in the hydraulic store room. Olde Charlie (may he rest in peace) told us a tale which left us
young guys with our mouths hanging open...sort of like the people in a Stephen Speilburg Movie as that is one of his traits in his movies. Leaving
people in stunned shock with their mouths hanging open.
Charlie told us he had been on a ocean going navy tugboat after the war.
His tugboat was given an unusual assignment along with numerous other tugboats.
What they were assigned to do is tow ships...cruisers, battleships, destroyers, and other vessels to an island. They were considered prizes of war.
Japanese, German, and some of ours which were no longer needed.
This went on for months while they occassionally moved them about at the behest of the scientists and engineerss who were also there. Sort of like
moving furniture in Mom's living room or dining room.
They never had any idea what was going on until they were instructed to move their tugboat...way way back..a long ways away ..out to sea. They were
told to lay on the deck and not look until they were instructed to so do.
Only when instructed did they look up and realize what it was in which they had been involved. They were stunned to see the plume..the mushroom
Now Olde Charlie told me that they did this twice. One was an underwater burst..the other an air burst.
What he told us of interest was that not all the ships sunk. Many did but not all. They were however..very contaminataed.
What Charlie told us which left us with our mouths hanging open was that barges were also towed in and on these barges were animals in cages...dogs ,
goats, sheep and cows. They were tied off on these ships in many places.
He told me most of the animals died immediately..but not all. They suffered horrible deaths the ones he saw.
I never saw this stuff on discovery until some 10 to 12 years after olde Charlie related this tale to us. And there suddenly one day it was all
there...just as Charlie related it to us so many years before...including the presence of the animals.
She surviving ships were "crapped out" ..contaminated. You see photos or film of them being sprayed down with water.
Nonetheless...it was interesting to note that not all the ships sank.
What I also know from other hams who were in the Navy after the war..was that there was a period of very severe Atlantic Storms in which several Navy
ships were not able to escape or outrun. These ships had their structures ...severely damaged or bent in these storms. This caused the navy redesigned
their structural requirements for surface ships. Made it heavier from lessons learned in these severe storms.
I can tell you with surety that it is the same with Aircraft Carriers. I know the difference in the deep internal structure design between the USS
Enterprise and the Nimitz class carriers and it is significant. And the USS Enterprise is a step up from the WW2 Designs.
Remember too that metalurgy has changed significantly in key areas since WW2 as well. Just ask any submariner. These metalurgy changes also apply to
surface ships and especially carriers.
You do not see near as much brazed piping on these ships as was in years past..it is welded and structurally hung..suspended much better than in years
past. This means it is designed with taking a hit in mind.
The sailors about which I feel concern are the guys on the small boys..the cruisers and destroyers. What some have posted about them being the first
ones out there and to take a hit is true. I have run in to several sailors who had served on small boys and they enlightened me as to this status. I
was left with my mouth hanging open on this revelation. Expendability and disposability to put the carriers in a position to launch and recover their
aircraft. Talk about warm fuzzies.
Hope this helps some of you.