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    Sticky: Visiting Mr. L's Battleship .....

    In memory of Mr. L.
    I got to visit my 3rd Iowa Class BB.
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    Sticky: Mr. L......

    I'm a follower of Mr. L and have read his Yellow Book cover to cover.

    Today I was informed that I'd be in LA November 4 & 5 and am seeking a contact for a tour of the USS Iowa.
    This will be the...
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    Assistance requested ..... USS IOWA

    Reaching out to any resource.

    Just discovered that I'm in California Monday & Tuesday, November 4 & 5.
    With Mr. L's passing ( Rusty Battleship) I seeking any help in a tour of the USS IOWA.
    I...
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    Bump ?

    Well it's been 90-days since I've visited the Fletcher - DD thread.
    A package has arrived from Mr. L's estate of a blueprint for a ship's "shearing blade".
    It's chunk of steel welded to the leading...
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    This is only a TEST....

    Do not adjust the dial on your Television.... I'm just checking to see if the response time has improved in the last 4-months?
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    Another attempt .....

    Trying to post again.... goodness the slowness of response is alarming.
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    Error Messages ....

    Three (3) attempts to get past the ERROR MESSAGE just to post this.
    I'm happy to have two (2) screens to be a little more productive while awaiting the WAB to appear.
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    Moderator.... taking on water?

    I've noted a decrease in response times ( aka Speed ) for opening, posting and searching on the WAB.
    Has the server gone "wacky"? Did the loan of some dark fiber evaporate? Is the website taking on...
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    Dd-569....

    This is a "round-bridge Fletcher-Class-Destroyer. The is looking aft on the starboard side, between the 51 & 52 gun.

    DD-569's damage can be viewed by this 1944 photo. You can see how these...
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    Double special day...

    Some close up Fletcher Unrep film... enjoy!


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rYj2KzEMdA[/url]
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    Special treat.....

    Okay you Fletcher - DD followers a special treat today.

    Would you like to view some hard charging Fletcher-DD footage.
    This should get your blood pumping. Enjoy !

    ...
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    Deck space ...

    Passing the aft turret, there is quite a bit of empty deck as these three photos illustrate. Kudos to the maintenance staff for keeping the deck free of vegetation.
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    A nest of DD's ...

    Destroyer Squadron 17, photographed at the foot of Broadway, San Diego, California, in March 1955. Destroyers in front row include (left to right): USS Twining (DD-540); USS Erben (DD-631); USS...
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    USS Cassin Young in the Med ....

    This photo of the Cassin Young shows the DD at the far left in the picture.
    Two gun Cruisers are tied up in the middle, with what appears to be and APA ship to the right.
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    Good reading material.

    Good reading material.
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    Access?

    So I was working my way aft aboard the Wisconsin and I walked by this cute little "Man cave" to the port side of Turret # 3.
    Any ideas of its purpose?
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    Follow up ...

    BM I agree. Attempting to load that manly sized "shell" (?), in the "Alpha" Weapon must of been a hoot in a rolling sea.
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    Deck view ...

    The bollards viewed from the deck of the Wisconsin.
    These have a slightly more patriotic theme.
    It would be nice to wake up every morning and see an Iowa Class-BB out the kitchen window.
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    Great intro ....

    BM that was a great intro for the following pictures ....
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    Moving aft ....

    A couple of more pictures as the tour heads aft....
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