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Trying to Refuel at Sea - Movie
Unread 02-15-2021, 01:29 PM   #1
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A week or 2 ago I started a thread here on Foto Friday's of showing an attempt to refuel at sea while I was in the Navy. I used Snapshots.

I got my movies done and they are much more impressive, and if so inclined, check out this 54 second slow motion video of a destroyer, the USS Abbot DD-629 coming along side my ship, the USS Allagash AO-97, a fleet tanker, aka a sea going gas station.

This was in the fall of 1957 in the North Atlantic.

Here's the video: http://abbot.us/videos/DD629-1957.mp4

View it in FULL screen.

The powers that be decided to try it on another day. Good decision.
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That is impressive, and scary. That,s why i choose subs, its a lot calmer at 500ft.
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That is impressive, and scary. That,s why i choose subs, its a lot calmer at 500ft.
Don,

That's "-" as in minus 500 feet.

Now, that's scary.
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Not to scary Bill...more like a 3 month plane ride without windows.
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And I thought I was a hard ass in 1967 and joined the Army. I guess we all had our crosses to bear. Thanks, Bill.
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Off the northern most coast of south Vietnam, (the DMZ) we refueled at sea frequently and while underway. Never an issue. There were times when we left the gunline to refuel and replenish with three simultaneous operations going on while underway. Refuel, mid ships highline and vertical replenishment on the fan tail. USS Blandy DD 943. 27,00 rounds of 5 inch expended and after 7 month o firing we finally left for home. The battleship New Jersey relieved us on station. It cured my desire to ever take an ocean cruise again.
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Off the northern most coast of south Vietnam, (the DMZ) we refueled at sea frequently and while underway. Never an issue. There were times when we left the gunline to refuel and replenish with three simultaneous operations going on while underway. Refuel, mid ships highline and vertical replenishment on the fan tail. USS Blandy DD 943. 27,00 rounds of 5 inch expended and after 7 month o firing we finally left for home. The battleship New Jersey relieved us on station. It cured my desire to ever take an ocean cruise again.
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Thanks you for your service in the Navy and aboard the Blandy. A genuine tin can sailor.

We did refuel the USS Wisconsin BB-64, sister ship of the USS New Jersey BB-62.

Here's a picture of the Whiskey coming along side for fuel. That was the same NATO cruise that I got the movie of the Abbot in nasty weather. North Atlantic about September - October 1957.

Geez, those things are big.

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Watching that tin can in rough seas brought two things to mind; how does anyone on board function and the line in the movie Jaws, "We need a bigger boat."
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excellent video Bill ,I spent my share of time on the North Atlantic (well ,I can see it from the window ) not on ships but oil rigs ,its a rough spot and it can make a guy feel very insignificant I always say I never got used to it but got used to having my heart race .

the worst storm I ever encountered was on a tow on the edge of the Bermuda triangle ,we were two days going backwards 2 knots full stem ahead ,I watched the 120thou hp supply ship ride a wave and fall sideways ,thought I was never going to see home again ...the swells would expose the pontoons of the rig and crash through the moonpool into the second floor which was 130 feet ....it was pretty intense
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JB, you just get used to heavy seas and after awhile just roll with it. On the Blandy in 68' we went went through 2 typhoons in the Tonkin Gulf and a hurricane south of Hatterus. We took a roll that was within 2 degrees of rolling completely over. I was strapped in my rack at the time as sonar was secured. Did not think the ship would come back but she did. Never got seasick, you just get used to heavy seas. But the cure was to never take a pleasure cruise anywhere after the Navy.
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