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Sea Monsters

Sea Monsters

Ever since the first man set foot on a ship, Sailors have believed in sea monsters.  These gigantic, fierce creatures have been the talk of the seven seas for centuries.  It was a great fear when Columbus crossed the ocean to America.  Back in 1734, Hans Egede, a Norwegian missionary set out on a voyage to Greenland.  Here is his report on what happened: “On July 6, 1734, there appeared a horrible animal of the sea which came up out…

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The Disappearance of the USS Cyclops (AC-4)

The Disappearance of the USS Cyclops (AC-4)

  USS Cyclops was a massive carrier ship that supplied fuel to the American fleet during World War-I.  The 522-foot Cyclops displaced 12,000 tons of water.  On January 8, 1918, the ship sailed from snow-covered Norfolk towards Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, under the command of Lt. Commander Worley.  The ship was relatively new and in good shape.  The purpose of this voyage was to unload coal in Rio and load Manganese ore, used mainly for making steel. On January 28,…

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Small Great Things Review

Small Great Things Review

New York Times Best Seller Once in a while, you will come across a story that is so powerful that it has to be told. This is one of those stories, with one difference; it needs to be told twice. Based on a true story, this powerful, gripping story outlines one of the biggest problems that all of us face, and that is the inborn compulsion to be racist. This is the story of a nurse, a twenty-year veteran of…

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The Legend of the Mermaids…

The Legend of the Mermaids…

As far back as any seaman can remember, there have been tales of Mermaids.  From the crow’s nests of the Spanish Fleet to the fireside stories of the liar’s den, Mermaids have been a part of nautical history since before Davie Jones was just a whelp.    This origin of the Mermaid has been pieced together from the sea stories of many men over centuries, and compiled here so that you too can look out at the sea as the…

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The Flying Dutchman

The Flying Dutchman

This story was told to me by PNCS(SW) Leslie Potter, while we were both stationed on board the USS Arthur W. Radford. We were sitting topside with several other of our shipmates while cruising through the straits of Gibraltar, 6 June 1998 Not to be outdone by the Master Chief, Senior Chief Potter spoke up.  “I have heard stories about the Hornet, but none of them compare to the legend of the ‘Flying Dutchman.’  Now, shut your yaps and I…

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The Haunting of the USS Hornet (CV-12)

The Haunting of the USS Hornet (CV-12)

This story was told to me by HTCM(SW) Daniel Morley, while we were both stationed on board the USS Arthur W. Radford. We were sitting topside with several other of our shipmates while cruising through the straits of Gibraltar, 6 June 1998 Master Chief Morley rubbed his chin and said “Pull up a chair and pay attention, because you won’t hear this story again.  Back when most of you were still in grade school, I worked at the Puget Sound…

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