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  • Originally posted by JRT View Post
    I suspect that the New York Naval Militia may still need those. You never know when Ethan Alllen's Green Mountain Boys will again take up raiding those Dutch settlements in the Hudson River Valley.
    ;)
    As a native New Englander I will fix that to read:

    You never know when Ethan Alllen's BRAVE Green Mountain Boys will again have take up arms and conduct preemptive strikes against the those Dutch terrorist strongholds in the Greater Western Vermont Hegemony River Valley.

    There ya go!!!

    PS: USS Slater is awesome....was aboard her years ago. Worked with a guy whose father was a plank owner!
    “Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.”
    Mark Twain

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    • You are so right Rifles, she is "awesome"! We have so few of the greatest generation left. We younger vets need to take up the lines from here.
      I and some others are on a mission to see her future upgraded to a truly "living museum" and see those screws turning again! It can and will happen!
      Even as a Navy vet that has seen the big and modern ships, this tin can makes me feel so many things like pride, respect and an appreciation for what their crews endured!

      BTW, as another native New Englander .....
      BRAVE Green Mountain Boys will again have take up arms and conduct preemptive strikes against
      BRAVE Green Mountain Boys will again have to take up arms and conduct preemptive strikes against

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      • Originally posted by USSWisconsin View Post
        FDR's bathtub for instance?
        SInce this thread has gone a bit off course. Trivia question.

        Although the Iowa classs fans make the claim theirs was the only US Battleship to have had a bathtub. They are wrong.

        Name the other U.S. Battleship that had a Bathtub

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        • Originally posted by Gun Grape View Post
          SInce this thread has gone a bit off course. Trivia question.

          Although the Iowa classs fans make the claim theirs was the only US Battleship to have had a bathtub. They are wrong.

          Name the other U.S. Battleship that had a Bathtub
          USS New Jersey during her Vietnam cruise. But it was a "claw foot" style, Not like the one shown for Iowa.
          Fortitude.....The strength to persist...The courage to endure.

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          • No. This is a different class. Not Iowa class. Not a "Claw Foot bath either.

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            • USS Maine
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              • I think it was a Japanese Battleship that had a bathtub AND fireplace on board.
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                • Originally posted by bigross86 View Post
                  USS Maine
                  Nope

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                  • Originally posted by RustyBattleship View Post
                    I think it was a Japanese Battleship that had a bathtub AND fireplace on board.
                    Yea the Japanese COs had it rough. Bath, Sauna and fireplace.

                    I've seen pics of it, but cannot remember the class right now

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                    • According to this, it is...

                      Everyone remembers the Maine, but who remembers the Maine's bathtub?

                      When the USS Maine was raised from Havana harbor in 1911, every Congressman wanted a piece. Frank B. Willis of Ohio snagged a prize -- Captain Sigsbee's enameled-steel bathtub -- and planned to give it to his hometown of Urbana. Urbana's clubwomen said no thanks -- they'd use the bathtub as a horse trough before they'd put it on display -- and told Willis to get Urbana a respectable 10-inch shell instead.

                      Remember?
                      If you don't remember the Maine and you're less than 105 years old, we understand. The Maine was a U.S. battleship that blew up under mysterious circumstances in the harbor of Havana, Cuba. 260 American sailors died. Maybe a Spanish attack, maybe Cuban sabotage, maybe someone smoking in the ammo locker. The Maine's loud exit gave America an excuse to declare war in 1898 and kick Spain out of the Caribbean.

                      Neighboring Findlay saw its opportunity. They asked Urbana for the tub and got it, fending off competitors and guffaws. Boston demanded the bathtub because they were Captain Sigsbee's hometown. The Cincinnati Enquirer suggested that Findlay sink the bathtub in the Ohio River. Findlay hung on. Meanwhile, the bathtub was sitting in the chicken house of Urbana's mayor. He wasn't giving it to anyone until he got his 10-inch shell. In desperation, Findlay appealed to Congressman Willis, who pulled strings at the Navy Department. The shell arrived in Urbana, Urbana shipped the bathtub to Findlay, and Findlay stiffed Urbana for the freight charge.

                      Proper Hygiene: Uncle Sam's Front Line Of Defense
                      On March 3, 1913, the bathtub made its triumphant arrival. Findlay's heart sank faster than the Maine; its prize bathtub was rusted and ugly, having been underwater for 14 years. No one could figure out how to display such a cruddy relic, so the town stored it in its municipal building.

                      Less than a year later, the bathtub was being used as Findlay's city hall coal bin. Lima, a covetous rival town, found out and raised a stink, demanding the tub. Sleepy Findlay stirred to action. Local Spanish War veterans promised to bronze the bathtub and display it in a park. Lima backed off. So did the Spanish War veterans. Instead of bronzing the bathtub, the vets stuck it in a display case and shoved it into a little-used hallway of the Findlay courthouse. It sat there for 15 years. The courthouse janitor eventually taped a "USS Maine Bathtub" sign to the case because he got tired of explaining it to visitors.

                      Tarred By The Rust Of Infamy, Yet This Proud Battlewagon Endures
                      In 1929 the bathtub was placed along the wall of the courthouse rotunda, where it sat for another 30 years. When the courthouse was renovated in 1960 the bathtub was removed and shipped to the Findlay College Museum. They immediately cannibalized its case for another display and stored the bathtub in an old cigar factory. In 1974 it was turned over to the Hancock Historical Museum, which promptly dumped it into their basement.

                      This story might have had an unhappy ending. However, the bathtub was recently retrieved from the basement and can now, once again, be seen by visitors. Most of its enamel is gone, but that doesn't detract from the fact that it is the bathtub from the USS Maine, the only one you're ever going to see, and you should.
                      Meddle not in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.

                      Abusing Yellow is meant to be a labor of love, not something you sell to the highest bidder.

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                      • Originally posted by Gun Grape View Post
                        Name the other U.S. Battleship that had a Bathtub
                        Originally posted by RustyBattleship View Post
                        I think it was a Japanese Battleship that had a bathtub AND fireplace on board.
                        Originally posted by Gun Grape View Post
                        Yea the Japanese COs had it rough. Bath, Sauna and fireplace.

                        I've seen pics of it, but cannot remember the class right now
                        Bit of a contradiction there...
                        Meddle not in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.

                        Abusing Yellow is meant to be a labor of love, not something you sell to the highest bidder.

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                        • Originally posted by bigross86 View Post
                          According to this, it is...
                          Standard tub. Like the claw foot one that NJ took to Vietnam.

                          The one I'm thinking of was put in while the ship was in the yard. Its built in. And has shower heads in the bulkhead.

                          For those interested here is a photo of the Maine bath tub.
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                          • Originally posted by bigross86 View Post
                            Bit of a contradiction there...
                            No I'm still waiting for someone to answer the question about the American Battleship that had a built in tub.

                            You might also note that the Maine never held the BB designation. She was designated ACR-1 An Armored Cruiser. The first BB Battleship was the Indiana BB-1.

                            The Japanese ships were just going off on a tangent.
                            Last edited by Gun Grape; 11 Nov 11,, 03:29.

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                            • Well guys, I know what a claw foot bath tub looks like. And I know what the New Jersey looked like in 1968. I did some design work on her prior to her deployment to Viet Nam. I didn't have the opportunity to visit the Captain's in-port cabin so I cannot say a bath tub was there or not. It certainly was not there in 1981 when we first inspected the ship for modernization. Just a standard shower as I recall.

                              The closest thing I can think of that would resemble a bath tub was that the crew painted the interior of one of the old 40 mm gun tubs up on 01 level and made a "swimming pool" out of it. Well, it wasn't big enough to actually swim in but could serve as a large spa.

                              They had quite a photo-op of it including the ship's Captain relaxing in it. But it only lasted one day. The ship's medical officer declared it to be a health hazard as there was no recirculation system, no filtration system and not even any Chlorine tablets on board to put in it.
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                              • I'll post a picture of the tub in the morning. Its not the Jersey as I stated. And the Maine wasn't a Battleship. Somewhere between USS Indiana (BB-1) and USS Iowa (BB-61)

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