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Posted by Paladin(Bob in PA) on November 17, 2009 at 11:11:27 [URL] [DELETE] :

In Reply to: Re: BNO-MOTO-TUGS posted by Fred (Grand Lake) on November 01, 2009 at 15:53:24:

They rolled, and they rolled, and they rolled . . .

It was not fun being underway in heavy seas. Hard to eat meals, shipmates falling and slamming into lockers and so on (broken bones occasionally happened), hanging on to sit on the head, etc. Hard to imagine my father's generation underway on these DE's in WW2 in "WNA" (winter North Atlantic) conditions and then having to fight a war - dropping depth charges, firing hedgehogs, reloading the depth charge "K" guns, etc., and all with waves washing over the deck and below freezing conditions. But they did it and they didn't complain.

I rarely saw the light of day! (actually just kidding). My world was 4 Fairbanks Morse H-16-4 opposed piston engines and the auxiliary generator and the steam boiler evaporators. Off Cuba, it would get to 120+ degrees in the engine room. The DE's were designed for a war in the North Atlantic, not tropical conditions.

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