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Posted on 05/11/2012 9:37:32 PM PDT by Windflier
A video salute to all you sailors and mariners out there. You're the bravest people on earth.
As a former sailor (from a long time ago), I appreciate your sentiments.
I have been onboard a couple of vessels in sea’s like
this and I always wondered why the welds that held the
steel plates together didn’t pop when she would drop
into a forty foot trough over and over again.
you don’t get a lot of sleep waiting to get through one
of these monsters.
Sailors stay well to windward of the rocks. That’s what’s referred to as an iron-bound coast.
Some good shots there. Any idea if that is an excerpt from a longer video or movie?
Probably don't keep much food down, either.
My fear was not the welds, but the possibly of the darn thing turning over. I remember on one ship rated at 38 degrees before turning over, we hit a storm that put us at 42 degrees ... constipation was not a worry.
You bet, Doc. I admire all such hardy souls.
Several good videos here:
Thanks. I have a feeling I'll learn a thing or two on this thread.
Sorry, I have no other data. Whoever posted the video didn't add any links on the page.
Try again, Jeff. I just checked, and it's working fine for me.
I join in thanking you for your sentiments etc...
I rode an LST back in the 60’s, flat bottomed, speed of 12 knots - downhill with a heavy gale behind you - and had the pleasure of going through several typhoons while aboard.
IN rough seas she would plow ahead with the bow raising out of the water then slapping down on the sea, with the stern coming completely out of the water while the screws, going at full RPM would be squealing while trying to grab onto something other than air.
Interesting to say the least and one would get the impression she was going to break in half or even quarters.
I stood many a Radio Watch strapped in a chair while sitting a live circuit.....
Great fun, but then again, when people asked why you wasted your time in bars while ashore, you would just laugh at them — not that an excuse was really needed.
I never was a mariner. I crossed the north Atlantic in November on a high speed luxury vessel and the screws were out of the water a lot.
And I imagine that chair was bolted to the floor. Hard to believe the human body can even withstand such a ride.
I was never a mariner either, but I am a member of the Golden Dragon club.
My little brother and I sailed to Japan from California with our mom in 1954. Dad saved a nice little certificate they made up for me on the voyage.
Hawaiian surfer breaks wave-riding record
Thanks for posting...
The Coast Guard Academy training ship is the ‘Eagle’, a sailing vessel acquired from Germany after WWII. It is tended by a cutter. In rough seas such as seen in this filming, the Eagle pulls away from the cutter, slicing through the seas with much less tossing about than the cutter gets.
I learned to sail on Lake Erie, in a 26 ft Pearson Commander, a full keel boat that was very forgiving in rough seas. Lake Erie can be rough! We sailed in all kinds of weather, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Nothing quite like that in the video, but thrilling, all the same.
I have also had some experience at ocean sailing on a larger boat, a Pearson 390, center cockpit. Sailing is the only way to go!
Try being aboard a fishing boat, in 30’ swells. can you say, experience six motions all at once ....rock, roll, pitch, yaw, surge, sway and heave! Terrifying. :)
Now there's a group who are a breed apart. I can't even think with challenging some of the waves I've seen these daredevils ride.
All the USCG cadets spend some time on her during their 4-year stint at the Academy.
We like to take out of state visitors for a tour of her, when she in in port. A remarkable history...our only square-rigger.
My only real sailing experience was in the late 80’s.
I was on something of a pleasure cruise with about eight other people on a 40 foot sailboat. We lit out from Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, to head up the Sacramento River to the city of Sacramento.
After about ten minutes on San Francisco Bay, the Skipper calls me over to the helm and gives me some basic instruction on how to steer the boat. He then tells me that I’m going to pilot the boat to the river inlet and leaves me to it.
Some hours later, I’d steered the boat across the bay and some miles upriver, when the Skipper finally relieved me from the helm. It was only at that point that he informed me that I’d just handled the toughest stretch of water in the Northern Hemisphere.
I’ll tell you what. I believed him. I was so sore and bone weary, that I nearly had to be carried to a bunk to sleep off the exhaustion.
Fair weather Uss Enterprise Cvn 65 video landing: http://laststandonzombieisland.com/2012/01/30/coast-guard-schooners-for-arctic-missions/
The link you posted goes to an article called “Coast Guard Schooners for Arctic Missions”. Do you have a URL to the aircraft carrier landing video you mentioned?
Interesting....I just looked at my favorite coffee cup, sitting here on my desk. It’s got a patch emblazoned on it that says, “USS Ronald Reagan - CVN 76”
A friend of mine from a long time ago was a midshipman at the Academy and sailed on the Eagle three times as a cadet, and after graduation was assigned to the cutter tending her, for a fourth sail with the Eagle.
As you know, the Eagle was built as a training ship for German midshipmen, and requires manpower for everything...no power assists. She has three wheels, and in heavy seas the wheels are maned by one on each side of each wheel. Anchor’s are hoisted by manpower, sails are set and trimmed by sailors in the rigging.
Crossed Lake Huron in 88 on a 54 ft flush deck Motor Yacht with a planeing hull with 20-25 ft following sea,thought my arms were going to fall off by the time we reached the St . Clair river, the only time we ever snuffed the bow was on the Detroit river after the fireworks show after a # of thousands of boats pulled out of the area this was caused from the waves reflecting off the breakwalls from Detroit Mich and Windsor Ont.
Aw man. Those poor girls will probably never get in the water again :(
I apologize....don’t know what happened ;(
[Seas are so calm, it looks like a lake] ATLANTIC OCEAN (March 12, 2012) Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 1 arrive aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) on day 2 of the ship’s final deployment. Enterprise is deploying as part of the Enterprise Carrier Strike Group to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the US 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. (US Navy video/Released)
I'm not positive, IIRC, the SS Edmund Fitzgerald sank due to a rogue wave on Lake Superior. God keep these skippers and crew!
Probably don't keep much food down, either.
From what I saw it depended on rank. I was deck bosn on an Army 143 tug working out of Okinawa. One of our jobs was to go to the aid of ships in distress always during a typhoon. My crewmen had fun. Green water over the bridge, 50° rolls in 40 - 50 seas. The watch would be relieved and the oncoming watch would come to the bridge eating very greasy pork chops. The officers would immediately run outside and ralph.
I HATE the ocean!
Nearest land 2 miles straight down!
When it gets real bad like that, nobody is feeling real good. Some are outwardly sick, some get queazy, some just get grumpy but it pretty much sucks.
I served aboard a few naval vessels while I was in the Marine Corps. There were some pretty rough seas (especially in the North Atlantic in Spring time).
When I see this I wonder how men from several hundred years ago mustered up the courage to go to sea in ships much smaller than what we have today. Thank God for men like them.
“For Those In Peril,On The Sea”,AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I was USMC, did a Carib Cruise on the 1162, Wahkiakum County, in late ‘68-’69.
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Ours was the Terrell County, 1157, -same class - we were homeported in Yokosuka Japan and made the ‘milk run’ to Okinawa many, many times.
Have often wondered about being in North Atlantic in one of those ‘bath tubs’.....
Is Enterprise being retired because she's outlived her usefulness, or become outmoded?
Boy, do I know the feeling. It took me a whole day to recover from piloting that sailboat across San Fran bay and upriver. Never been so wiped out by something in my whole life.
It gave me a great appreciation for the helmsmen of the old sailing ships.
Very true. Our European ancestors would never have made it to this continent without such brave men to pilot those angry seas.
America owes its very existence to mariners. Interesting, eh?
This is all I know:
I remember that picture and several other similar shots of that lighthouse. Makes you wonder how they even built the thing, doesn’t it?
The carrier “work” I did as a young man was the most fun I ever had with my clothes on!
Those intrepid mariners who venture out into the open ocean in small boats are guilty of violating FRank’s Law of the Sea: “Never, never get out of the sight of land in a boat less than 1,000 feet long!”