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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

New "Hey, Shipwreck" Episode

Is it a good deal or a bad deal to pull duty the day you get back from deployment? And what's the best combination of junk food and drink to use to stay awake through the midwatch? Ponder those questions and more as you check out the long-awaited third episode of the 2nd season of "Hey, Shipwreck":

For those wondering why it's been taking so long between episodes this season, series creator Pat Hrabe explains why in his blog.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

After I made Chief, I took the duty the day before underway. Because I was Maneuvering Watch COW, having duty the night before allowed me to set myself in a good position for getting underway.
When I was single, I would try to take the duty day when pulling in. The boat was already cleaned for entering port. The sanitarys’ and trash were pumped before the 12-mile limit so all we really had to do was load potable. It would also allow me a solid three days off during the stand down.
Staying awake is another topic. We didn’t have the energy drinks in the 70’s and 80’s and I didn’t drink coffee. I popped Vivarin. It had all the caffeine with out the head breaks.

That Damn Good Looking Aganger From Iowa

10/21/2008 11:33 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

As to whether its a good or bad deal to have duty when getting underway/returning to port all determines what time you are getting underway/pulling in.
If we were getting underway early, I always volunteered for duty the day before! Takes a little more effort to make sure preunderways and stuff like that are done prior to leaving.
Pulling in late, within an hour of pulling in and tying up, the boat is empty except for the duty section. Family come visit and ya get the next few days off!

For staying awake...CHOCOLATE!!!!!


10/21/2008 4:35 PM

Blogger Mark said...

But seriously he's right about the end of Transformers.

10/21/2008 4:51 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait Stand down upon return to port??? Wow, last two times we got Cool down the day we pulled in.

Man, life must rock on other boats other than the Mighty War Canoe.

10/21/2008 4:56 PM

Blogger Bearpaw said...

While there is something to be said about having the next couple of days off, having duty on the day you pull in really stunk!

Bringing on shore power, shutting down the reactor and then starting in on the maintenance.

No rest for the weary!

10/21/2008 5:45 PM

Blogger Bearpaw said...

BTW this is my first time posting here although I have enjoyed your blog over the last year.

I was a nuke MM1/SS on the Philly, SSN690, from 1984-1988. I stayed away from nuclear power after the Navy working for Alcoa for a couple years then in operations at cogeneration plant in Midland MI. Went back to school and got my mechanical engineering degree from BYU in 99. Now I work for Pratt and Whitney in CT. Can't get away from turbines.

Keep up the good work, I enjoy reading!

10/21/2008 6:06 PM

Blogger -Chris- said...

Must be boomer dude to be doing that many cool downs. I've always disagreed with the crew turnover/cooldown simultaneous thing. It adds an extra layer of complexity for screwing up cooldown or turnover.

As the sole unmarried guy in the wardroom, I almost always got first day duty, which I preferred anyway since you could normally kind of sneak off early the next day without too much complaint. Except for the time that a critique ended up disqualifying like four guys the day after we pulled in and I had to come in on the mid watch to stand a bit more than port and starboard.

10/21/2008 6:11 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did ANYONE read the post from Pat?

Recruiting duty SUCKS. I'm glad he's kept his sense of humour given all that he's been through.

And, War Canoe? Which boat this that?

Pat, if you're reading this: the fleet will be glad to have you back, shipwreck.

10/21/2008 6:19 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The War Canoe would be the name given to the USS Hawaii.

10/21/2008 7:54 PM

Blogger Rubber Ducky said...

Having lost 4 shipmates in THRESHER, I'm not sure I'm comfortable with using that name for humor in a submarine context. The gig is great - that reference is troubling.

10/22/2008 4:13 AM

Blogger Chief Torpedoman said...

To Rubber Ducky.
"Having lost 4 shipmates in THRESHER, I'm not sure I'm comfortable with using that name for humor in a submarine context. The gig is great - that reference is troubling."

I don't see anything wrong with that. Nicknames are always given to boats. If not by the crew, then sometimes by the other boats in the squadron. I remember the Lewis and Clark was often referred to as the Lost and Consfused.

10/22/2008 6:31 AM

Blogger 630-738 said...

Forgive me if I'm wrong, but I think Rubber Ducky is referring to the nickname of the "disgruntled sailor" in the "Hey Shipwreck" videos. I considered that angle as well, but I'm not really bothered by it. I kinda figure the men of Thresher would have gotten a kick out of it too. Then again, I'm not as close to the issue as Rubber Ducky say he is. I do understand his concern.

10/22/2008 7:09 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

As an unmarried A-Ganger on the 637 boat (77-81) I didn't mind having the duty either the day before getting underway or the first day back so that the married guys could spend just a little more time with their families, even ifin it meant having back to back duty days. We had a pretty good division and we all got along well, and we all "watched" each others backs ( like the time I broke Rig for dive by blowing #2 San w/o permission when we came to PD for a housekeeping evolution during a Northern run).

Robbie, MM2SS

10/22/2008 8:44 AM

Blogger Rubber Ducky said...

Chief TM-

And I guess the rest of the crew will be named SCORPION, CHOCHINA, STICKLEBACK, SQUALUS, and 52 others...

10/22/2008 9:19 AM

Blogger Chief Torpedoman said...

I offer my apologies. I have not yet viewed the video and thought the thread was refering only to a nickname for the boat. I will view the episode soon.

I meant no offense.

10/22/2008 10:01 AM

Blogger Rubber Ducky said...

Chief TM-

None taken. Tks.

10/22/2008 10:29 AM

Blogger 630-738 said...


Might I suggest you contact Pat Hrabe and voice your concerns? He may be able to explain why he chose that nickname for the character. I'm quite certain he meant no offense.
For the record, it's COCHINO, not CHOCINA.

10/22/2008 10:34 AM

Blogger Rubber Ducky said...

Roger on spelling/mis-spelling - my bad.

I don't care about the 'why' - submariners owe a bit of respect and sensitivity to the profession and those who went before - this crosses the line IMHO.

10/22/2008 12:36 PM

Blogger 630-738 said...

I respect your position on that, but your approach, IMHO, is a bit heavy-handed.

10/22/2008 1:37 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stay awake on mid watch - are you kidding? As SRO I used to routinely catch a few ZZZZZs. Simply taped up the 2JV in the tunnel and that combined with the popping of your ears from anyone opening a tunnel door would wake the dead. Shhhhhhhh . . . I'm still in nuke power. Too bad you can't sleep out here. 12 hours is a long "watch" in the box.

10/22/2008 7:18 PM

Anonymous laughter in manslaughter said...

I would never do first day after Westpac, but otherwise, eh no big deal.

Oh I remember ORSE days. A cup of coffee with No-Doze for breakfast, a No-Doze on watch, then the RT Special: Brew the coffee, filling half the pot. Take out the grounds, replace with new grounds. Run some more water through. Now replace those used grounds with more grounds. Add in two crushed No-Doze. Now take all that fresh coffee and pour it into the resiovor. Once that slop has made it through, add in three more crushed No-Doze to the pot. Add in TWENTY-SEVEN seconds of sugar and you might be able to drink it. I bounced off the walls for nine hours.

10/23/2008 10:42 PM

Blogger Chief Torpedoman said...

... A cup of coffee with No-Doze for breakfast, a No-Doze on watch...

Holy s**t! Didn't the nukes ever get a whiz quiz? I know the weps guys in the PRP were scared to take anything that was not documented in their medial record!

Now I can see making a pot like that for the ORSE inspectors!

10/24/2008 6:37 AM

Blogger 630-738 said...

Seeing how a large portion of the nukes lived off of No-Doze during their Nuke School days, I'm pretty sure it's whiz-quiz safe. Heart attack safe, now that's another issue...

10/24/2008 1:10 PM

Blogger Oz said...

It's only caffeine. I kept a bottle with me for my second patrol. Beats most boat coffee.

10/24/2008 6:42 PM

Blogger 630-738 said...

I always thought boat coffee tasted like it was made from pencil sharpener grounds. Couldn't live without it, though!

10/25/2008 6:46 PM


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