Skip to comments.An Amazing Story: How a Sub Sailed the Pacific with Sails Made From Hammocks & Blankets
Posted on 05/10/2021 12:00:57 PM PDT by mylife
during what looked like a standard search and rescue mission, they were met by a strange twist of fate. The crew of the submarine very soon found encountered a situation where they were the ones in need of saving.
Having incorrectly estimated the amount of fuel needed for the mission, when they arrived at the spot where Conestoga was presumed to be, the submarine had run out of usable fuel.
Since its electric motors lacked enough battery power to transport them back to base, they were stranded some 100 nautical miles from Hawaii, caught in a desperate situation. To make matters worse, their radio had malfunctioned and all communication went silent. On top of it all, the limited food supply wasn’t going to hold out for more than five days.
Navy Submarine USS R 14, SS 91, in Quincy, 1919. (Photo by Arkivi/Getty Images) Navy Submarine USS R 14, SS 91, in Quincy, 1919. (Photo by Arkivi/Getty Images)
They were out in the open sea, with no fuel and no means of letting their headquarters know in what trouble they were in or where were they stranded. The crew consisting of 27 men and two officers were getting restless, as their situation seemed unresolvable.
That was until the submarine’s engineering officer Roy Trent Gallemore decided to think outside the box. Gallemore realized that they were, in fact, surrounded by a power source used by mariners for thousands of years.
The ship’s engineer came up with an idea to use the wind to power the submarine.
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That’s nothing. Once 3 ships sailed the Pacific using nothing but hemp!
Good thing they weren’t Millennials.
They don't go to sea, their cell phones don't work there.
my boss was in that movie! he had one line..
During WWII my Father served on an Oceangoing Tug.
Their main job was to pull Landing Craft stuck on Sand Bars and Coral Reefs back to open water during the Island Invasions.
They did it under fire from the Japanese defending the Islands. Of course, like most Men of the time my Father barely mentioned it. I only heard snippets growing up.
He also served on a Mine Sweeper, a Destroyer and modified Landing Craft used as a Machine Shop to fabricate Parts for the Fleet.
He survived the deadly Typhoon that sunk many of our Ships and took many lives.
All that sacrifice and now we watch our Republic being dismantled before our eyes. What a crying shame that it has come to this.
I have a soft spot in my heart for tug boats
Makes me sick to my stomach.
So the Conestoga didn’t make it much more than 30 miles from the Golden Gate Bridge before it sunk with all hands?
“Like an old man trying to send back soup in a deli...”
Mighty creative of them... Shackleford would be proud. I think.
Getting “millenialled” is now a verb on construction sites. It is understood by foremen to mean younger workers coming into the workforce not able to produce industry standard quality in construction.......and taking way too much time to do it because they spend too much time on the phone.
Latinos are far and away the preferred labor force.
This is the part that got me - the crew size:
27 men and two officers
Less then 30 men to man a man-o-war
Figure 12 on 12 off shifts: 1 officer and 13 enlisted per watch + 1 cook
Also in todays Navy the CO, only an LT (O-3) no less, would have been court-martialed for miscalculating, instead of getting a commendation and would be at least a Commander (O-6).
I suppose technically some of them WERE Millennials.
Just a different Millennium.
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