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At random: Records for enemy shipping sunk by U.S. submarines during World War II are held by two boats built by Electric Boat. The USS FLASHER sank 100,231 tons of Japanese shipping, while the USS TAUTOG holds the record for the most ships - 26.
A Question Re: Nautilus SSN-571
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Thomas Courtien
Posted 2011-11-30 8:25 PM (#52668 - in reply to #16279)


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Subject: RE: A Question Re: Nautilus SSN-571

The name of the AO sounded familiar to me.

Then I got to this passage in the 1943 section:

"The 12th of February 1943 was a "red letter day" for SALAMONIE.

NOTE: "Red letter day" is a strange description for a tragic event. As part of
eastbound convoy UGF-5, she was under tactical command of Commander Task Force
36 and was acting as primary refueling ship for convoy escorts. SALMONIE was leader of column seven in the seven-column formation, and had on her port bow USAT URUGUAY, lead ship in column six. Little did anyone dream that SALAMONIE was destined for a midnight tragedy.

Zero one hundred was the time scheduled for ceasing the zigzag maneuvers. Promptly at the appointed time, the Officer of the Deck ordered the helmsman to put his helm right and return to base course. At this time the rudder jammed eight degrees left, and could not be freed by any emergency measures. The situation deteriorated rapidly with SALAMONIE shearing to port and the rest of the formation altering course in the opposite direction. Danger signals and TBS were used in attempts to ward off the dangerous situation, but to no avail. SALAMONIE rammed SS URUGUAY on her starboard side, just abaft the bridge. After inspections of the resulting damage, both ships were detached from the formation and ordered to proceed to Bermuda for temporary repairs."

My father was an engineer on the SS Uruguay when this collision occured; the troop ship was in extreme danger until it made port in Bermuda. The captain was awarded a citation for bringing the ship, crew, and troops safely to port.

Small world.
Don Gentry
Posted 2011-12-01 8:48 AM (#52674 - in reply to #52656)


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Yes indeed - welcome aboard to Gene and Frank.  Most interesting thread in a long time!
kenpag
Posted 2011-12-01 12:10 PM (#52676 - in reply to #52656)
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Thank You
kenpag
Posted 2011-12-01 12:24 PM (#52677 - in reply to #52668)
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Subject: RE: A Question Re: Nautilus SSN-571

We had two collisions ourselves while I served aboard the Salamonie involving the USS Wasp and the USS Rush ,refuel at sea could be pretty exciting at times.

Edited by kenpag 2011-12-01 12:24 PM
kenpag
Posted 2011-12-01 12:41 PM (#52678 - in reply to #52667)
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Subject: RE: A Question Re: Nautilus SSN-571

Thank You
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