Saturday, April 13, 2013

2011 Deck Log Entries

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  1. 2011-03-20 09:18:40

    test (is this site still up?)

  2. 2011-04-03 10:11:05

    We're still here. New entries welcome, particularly articles to flesh out the site.

    I just cleaned all the spam out of the forum.

  3. 2011-04-03 21:12:46
    Mobile, Alabama

    My father N A Nicolson served aboard USS Patuxent (AO-44) as a Quartemaster in the Pacific from April '45 until she returned to the US. He died about a year ago and in going through his belongings I found picture of his graduating class from QM school at NTC Gulfport in December 1944 - Company 556
    Is there a QM museum where I could send it for their archives?
    Thanks gentlemen and I appreciate your Navy service!

  4. 2011-04-04 16:19:05

    There is an Army Quartermaster Museum at Fort Lee, VA. Don't be fooled by cheap imitations!

    AFAIK, there is nothing for Navy QMs. Unsung, unappreciated, nobody writes, or even calls on birthdays...

  5. 2011-04-13 11:19:38

    Yeah but an Army QM passes out laundry. A Navy Quartermaster is a mariner.

  6. Just Another US Navy QM3April 13, 2013 at 10:23:00 AM EDT

    2011-04-18 06:53:11

    Location: Unmarked channel in embargo territory at approximately 0220 with no moon and 100% overcast sky without night vision technology on board, in violation of fleet interdiction orders. QMOW taking 30 second GPS fixes on his own after having the request to set navigation detail denied, QM1 had been woken up to assist but had not arrived on the bridge yet.

    Based on actual events.

    QMOW: "Officer of the Deck, Recommend all back 1/3, we are in danger of running aground, ETA to grounding 90 seconds."

    Captain: *without looking at the plot* "Ops Belay that."

    30 seconds later

    QMOW: "Officer of the Deck, Recommend all back full, we are in immediate danger of running aground on 12 foot shoals. ETA 60 seconds."

    Captain: "Belay that." *Still hasn't looked at the plot*

    30 Seconds and a brief really nasty grinding sound reverberating through the hull.

    QMOW: "OOD, I have command of the vessel to prevent running hard aground. Helmsman all back Emergency."

    Insert 10 minutes of maneuvering orders to place the ship down bound in the channel. QM1 Arrives in this time and assists with maneuvering orders.

    QMOW: "Officer of the Deck, we are out of danger of running aground, you have the ship."

    Captain finally gets up from his chair, looks long at the plot.

    Captain: "You were right this time. Make sure you are just as right next time."