There should be no question in anyone’s mind that submarines are one of the most challenging duties any person could ever volunteer for. The men and now women who sail on these unique ships do so with the understanding that all care has been taken to provide for their safety but in the end, safety […]Read More “Brandywine, Brandywine this is Singing Bush. Gertrude Check.”
Passing test depth, sir. A shipmate asked the other night about handling demons. It’s a simple question that anyone who has been in a submerged submarine can understand. Years after you have left the boat, many still have dreams about what they did. The dreams can be so real sometimes. The feel of the […]Read More Passing test depth, sir.
On May 22, 1968, the USS Scorpion SSN 589 was lost at sea with all hands. http://www.oneternalpatrol.com/uss-scorpion-589.htm This is a constant reminder to all submariners that there truly are no routine days at sea. God rest their souls Mister MacRead More Scorpion Lives Mattered
I’m sure I have mentioned it before but I have a modest collection of Bluejackets Manuals dating back to the early 1900’s. I started out with my Grandfather Parkin’s manuals from the Second World War. From that time, I have added them as I find them in old book stores, sea ports, and Army Navy […]Read More Bluejackets Manual, eighteenth edition, 1968 (Third Printing, September 1969)