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Offline Drydock

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Weigh hey up she rises.
« on: December 03, 2020, 07:02:05 PM »


With the anniversary of Pearl Harbor approaching, I offer you a 3 part series on the greatest maritime salvage operation in history.  Incredible in scale and importance, yet rarely celebrated or remembered.
Civilize them with a Krag . . .

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Re: Weigh hey up she rises.
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2020, 08:32:09 AM »
I once read a lengthy article about the salvage of Pearl Harbor( I think it was on a 13 hour flight to the Philippines) Amazing how they actually returned most of the sunken/damaged ships to service. I read that one ship had capsized (Don't remember which one) and they set up a series of winches on shore to turn it upright. The winches were geared so low they only moved a few inches a day, and it took weeks to slowly right the ship.

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Re: Weigh hey up she rises.
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2020, 03:50:59 PM »
That was the Oklahoma.  That's in part 3.  And where they got the electric motors to power the winchs!
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Re: Weigh hey up she rises.
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2020, 04:13:06 PM »
I got to interview a Marine anti-aircraft gunner from U.S.S. Maryland once.  They were tied up next to Oklahoma when she turned turtle, and he watched it happen.
"There go those Nebraskans, and all hell couldn't stop them!"

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Re: Weigh hey up she rises.
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2020, 01:08:36 AM »
HI Drydock, great series.  I'd like to go see the Harbor sometime.  Not sure Dad ever went through there, he went from San Fran to New Zealand and to Fiji on the way in and from Guadalcanal to the Panama Canal in Mid 1945 on the way out.

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Re: Weigh hey up she rises.
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2020, 06:29:12 PM »
We were tied up right across the channel from Battleship Row.  We left on a Sunday morning that had to look just like it did in 1941.  Pretty cool!
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Re: Weigh hey up she rises.
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2020, 08:25:50 PM »
My late neighbor was at Pearl.  They sailed on the 6th to go out to escort carriers.

 

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