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    Quote Originally Posted by Albany Rifles View Post
    Ever read his books?
    I don't think so. I like SciFi in general and have read a few books of this type, but generally haven't been impressed. Heinlein's Starship Troopers has set a high bar that I find hard to overcome. But if you recommend him I'll look up one of his books.

    I do really like the Honor Harrington series books by David Weber, although as he's sold more books his editors let him get away with these huge meandering books that are not as much fun.

    If you liked the Sharpe TV series, I would definitely recommend the books by Bernard Cornwell. They can be hard to find, but are well worth the effort as Cornwell puts a lot of effort into his research.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCT View Post
    You got it! That story did give me the idea.
    One of the on-line stories I read included a little history of the Lady Lex, and it mentioned Heinlein. Curiosity compelled me to check his Wikipedia page and it had a section on his Naval service. Before then, I had no idea, lol.

    I suppose this means the floor is mine? What is the accepted time frame for posting a question? I want to verify I have the correct answer to any question I can come up with...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCT View Post
    I don't think so. I like SciFi in general and have read a few books of this type, but generally haven't been impressed. Heinlein's Starship Troopers has set a high bar that I find hard to overcome. But if you recommend him I'll look up one of his books.

    I do really like the Honor Harrington series books by David Weber, although as he's sold more books his editors let him get away with these huge meandering books that are not as much fun.

    If you liked the Sharpe TV series, I would definitely recommend the books by Bernard Cornwell. They can be hard to find, but are well worth the effort as Cornwell puts a lot of effort into his research.
    Here is the Amazon link for the first one of his. It was pretty good.

    https://smile.amazon.com/Heritage-Tr...ds=ian+douglas

    As for Cornwell, you bet. I have read ALL of his books. Good writer. I actually met him last summer. It was at UMASS Dartmouth where he was one of the speakers. He lives on Cape Cod.

    The head librarian at my local library always sends me an e-mail when they are getting a new one of his books in!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cruiser View Post
    I suppose this means the floor is mine? What is the accepted time frame for posting a question? I want to verify I have the correct answer to any question I can come up with...
    We used to say 72 to 96 hours.

    If you need to research you can open up with the note you will be bumping later...I don't have one teed up so unless anyone else is set you can take a day or two.
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    Thank you, AR. I have it now.

    In keeping with the subject at hand,

    What West Coast US city enjoyed a "special relationship" with the USS Lexington (CV-2), and what was the reason for it?

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    Tacoma WaSHINGTON.

    Lex was used to provide power to the city in Dec 1929 during the drought until the Lake Cushman dam refilled in Jan 1930.
    Its called Tourist Season. So why can't we shoot them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gun Grape View Post
    Tacoma WaSHINGTON.

    Lex was used to provide power to the city in Dec 1929 during the drought until the Lake Cushman dam refilled in Jan 1930.
    You are correct, sir.

    I found this fascinating. Especially the Lexington's ship's electrical service: Direct Current, supplied by 6 generators, each rated at 750 KW, 240 Volts DC. It took a bank of transformers to connect that to the city.

    https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2...ORypxhit72M&e=

    I also found this:

    http://www.navyhistory.org/2014/03/g...rian-services/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Albany Rifles View Post
    Here is the Amazon link for the first one of his. It was pretty good.

    https://smile.amazon.com/Heritage-Tr...ds=ian+douglas

    As for Cornwell, you bet. I have read ALL of his books. Good writer. I actually met him last summer. It was at UMASS Dartmouth where he was one of the speakers. He lives on Cape Cod.

    The head librarian at my local library always sends me an e-mail when they are getting a new one of his books in!
    Sounds interesting, I'll have to check it out!

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    This US Navy ship was scuttled and struck from the Navy records after receiving extensive damage. She was raised by an enemy Navy and served with them until after the war, when she was found by the US and recommissioned in the US Navy.

    What ship is it?
    Its called Tourist Season. So why can't we shoot them?

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    I've read enough about Java to know that the USS Stewart was scuttled and then raised by the Japanese until we retook possession in 1945.

    Tough ship and it took some when they decided to put her down off San Francisco as a target.

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    Correct.

    USS Stewart, DD-224 a Clemson class destroyer. Known as Patrol Boat 102 in Japanese Service.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Stewart_(DD-224)

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    And I thought I had a hard question
    Its called Tourist Season. So why can't we shoot them?

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    It pays to read old issues of Sea Classics

    Now I'll have to use it to pull out a question. I have one in mind but need to see how to put forth in a manner that someone might have a chance when I re-read the article tonight. Want to use it as I like the name of the vessel involved.

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    On Nov. 20, 1943 the Gilbert Islands were invaded at Tarawa and Makin. On Nov. 21st a submarine landed a Marine Scout Force on another smaller island in the group. In the process of doing so she was mistaken for a Japanese submarine by a U.S. Destroyer which did attack and put a 5" shell passing through said submarine's conning tower. Mission was completed and with some difficulty temporary on the spot repairs were made. She made Pearl for repairs. After 14 patrols she was decommissioned and then scrapped in 1945. What is the name of that submarine?

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