World War Two Freighter Scuttled Off Delaware

although I am sad when any old warhorse is gone, what I want the know is if anyone knows what the vessel behind the SHEARWATER is? It looks like an old Army mineplanter just like the GALAXY was…or it an ex Navy ATF?

[B]World War Two Freighter Scuttled Off Delaware[/B]

By MarEx 2015-12-16 17:53:03


Shearwater

The World War Two-era coastal freighter Shearwater, hull FS-411, was scuttled off the coast of Delaware by contractors for the state’s Department of Natural Resources, ending her long and varied service and creating a new artificial reef.

Video and photos from local media are available here (best viewing may require the use of the Internet Explorer browser).

“Shearwater is a great addition as reef structure,” said Delaware Department of Natural Resources (DNREC) official David Saveikis.

Prior inspection determined that the Shearwater met Coast Guard standards for sinking as an artificial reef. All petroleum products, electrical cables, machinery, doors, hatches, and electrical navigation equipment were removed from the ship.

Reefing specialists Coleen Marine prepared her for sinking and towed her to the final destination. The Shearwater took six hours and several interventions to go under, including the cutting of holes in her bow to release trapped air.

The 180-foot Shearwater, classified as a miscellaneous auxiliary, was built by California yard Hickenbotham Brothers at the end of the Second World War for use by the Army (not Navy). She was operated by a Coast Guard crew in the Central and Western Pacific, including Hawaii, Saipan, Tinian, and Guam.

She was transferred to the Navy in 1950, and later served as a Military Sea Transportation Service survey support ship with civilian crew from 1964 to 1969. At the end of this service she was transferred back to the Army.

After her useful life as a military vessel was over, she was sold to fishing company Omega Protein and gutted for use in the menhaden fishing fleet. Her 70-year seagoing career ended in 2012 when she was sold to Coleen Marine and DNREC for stripping and sinking.

Delaware’s artificial reef system includes more than 1,300 former New York City subway cars, tugboats, smaller commercial fishing boats, decommissioned military vehicles, and the ex-USS Arthur W. Radford, sunk four years ago and at over 600 feet the longest ship reefed on the East Coast to date.

It is former USS Zuni (ATF-95). The picture was taken at the salvage yard on the Eastern branch of the Elizabeth river in Norfolk. Many interesting relics have been through there over the years.

[QUOTE=Slick Cam;175809]It is former USS Zuni (ATF-95). The picture was taken at the salvage yard on the Eastern branch of the Elizabeth river in Norfolk. Many interesting relics have been through there over the years.[/QUOTE]

I thought that is the type of vessel it might be

you know the ex USCG ACUSHNET (ex USS SHACKLE) is for sale a few mere miles from where I live in near sail away condition for a paltry $250k but there is not one GODDAMNED thing a person can do with her that would ever hope to pay.

Such a sad pity!

Here’s a tasty read on her for ya cap! http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/Charge-Conman-duped-doctor-s-widow-to-6197843.php

[QUOTE=rshrew;175821]Here’s a tasty read on her for ya cap![/QUOTE]

I know all about that SCUMBAG CONMAN…I hope is getting plugged up the ass three times a day in the hoosegow!

sounds like paradise for someone who likes that kind of thing, no? We can’t discriminate here after all.

[QUOTE=z-drive;175855]We can’t discriminate here after all.[/QUOTE]

who made that rule?

anyway, I don’t care about no stoopid rules…I’ll discriminate all I want to and there ain’t no one to stop me!

this is my safe space. Rule made!

[QUOTE=z-drive;175859]this is my safe space. Rule made![/QUOTE]

safe spaces? Real men need no “safe” spaces. In fact the more dangerous they are the better. If a man can’t find a dangerous space then an uncomfortable one will do…

don’t tell me you are one of them sissy boys?

[QUOTE=rshrew;175821]Here’s a tasty read on her for ya cap! http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/Charge-Conman-duped-doctor-s-widow-to-6197843.php[/QUOTE]

Wow. . . . . .

Here is what I found about it. . . built in Stockton, CA. . .
http://www.navsource.org/archives/09/49/49177.htm

That top photo looks right from the movie Mr. Roberts!

[QUOTE=z-drive;175859]this is my safe space. Rule made![/QUOTE]

This comment brought back a Strange memory. Back in the 90’s I was working with a CM who was a little more than Strange. Anyway, one day he asks me to step out on the Stern to “Talk”. Talking on the Stern usually meant that there was a problem that needed to be worked out in Private.

So, we go out on the Stern and I looked at him and said “What’s the problem”. He looked at me and said something that I have never had a Man say to me before and also something that I never expected to hear from a Man sailing for a living. What he said was “You Hurt My Feelings”. I tried not to laugh when I looked him in the eye and said that I would try to be more careful and try to act more sensitive towards him.

So has anyone else every has a Shipmate tell you that you hurt their feelings?

People now a days are way to sensitive. This is what we get for raising a generation of people that got Trophies just for showing up and telling them that they are ALL winners and that NO ONE Loses.

I agree 100%.
I am dealing with a young junior bridge team member who came up from the deck with a newly minted Master ticket. He’s got a lot to learn about being a leader, and has the power god complex because he has never been in a position of authority. The hands laugh at him, and he got all kinds of butt hurt when I told him to shut the fuck up recently. We were in a complicated multi vessel crossing close quarters situation, and he felt entitled to throw his opinion in about what I was doing with the boat. I still giggle thinking about the look of shock on his face. I don’t think the little special snowflake had ever been spoken to like that before. Certainly not by his parents.

HTFU.

[QUOTE=Tugs;175877]

So has anyone else every has a Shipmate tell you that you hurt their feelings?

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Unfortunately…

At times I’ve had to put myself on time out. People are too sensitive nowadays…and there are some shitbirds out there that play that to their advantage. You have to think twice before giving someone who isn’t pulling their weight the riot act, because all they have to do is say ‘i’m being harassed’ then it’s over. Everyone is afraid of being sued. Management is privy to it too. I’m sure I’m not the only mariner in the last couple years that’s had to sit through a couple hours of anti harassment training.

In the past, when I have had a personality conflict with someone I just keep to myself. Some would call this passive-aggressive behavior, but I feel it works for me. Nowadays you can’t be too careful…but there is still a select few out there that like to cut up, have potty humor, and can laugh at themselves.

You probably read the onion and thinks it’s news too, right?

You know I’m no sissy boy. Just breaking your balks, and trying to mock society and everyone being offended by everything.

I totally understand. One time I told this AB to stay the fuck away from me and to keep his god damn hands to himself. He went and complained to the captain that I was being hostile towards him. Then the manager came on board and said I wasn’t being a team player. Bunch of cry babies. True story. Ya’lls generation, not mine.

I guess in today’s new PC world, I will have to learn to be more diplomatic about it the next time I want to tell someone not to fucking touch me.

HELL! I want to write for the Onion

You know I’m no sissy boy. Just breaking your balks, and trying to mock society and everyone being offended by everything.

My balks? Are those anything like Funobagos? If so, yours are simply stupendous! Can I squeeze them to see if they sqweak?

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[QUOTE=cajaya;175896]I totally understand. One time I told this AB to stay the fuck away from me and to keep his god damn hands to himself. He went and complained to the captain that I was being hostile towards him. Then the manager came on board and said I wasn’t being a team player. Bunch of cry babies. True story. Ya’lls generation, not mine.[/QUOTE]

HOLY FUCKING GODDAMNED CHRIST! I wished to HELL I had never made that promise not to reply to you!

that is because the good ship USS RELUCTANT was in fact the USS HEWELL(AKL-14) and was a sistership to the USNS SHEARWATER

Allllright…who did it? WOOOOOO DID ITTT?

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[QUOTE=c.captain;175899]that is because the good ship USS RELUCTANT was in fact the USS HEWELL (AKL-14) and was a sistership to the USNS SHEARWATER[/QUOTE]

Good info c.captain. A little more background that you might know about. The AKL-17 (ex Army FS-289, ex New Bedford IX-308)used to make the claim of being the Reluctant. After an interesting career working for the Air Force supporting the Texas Towers off the east coast and as a torpedo test vessel out of Keyport before it showed up in Lake Union as the F/V Sea Bird. It was later sold and converted at the Marco yard for longlining in the South Pacific as the F/V White Bird.

I have some photos stashed away somewhere that I took while it was at Marco. It had a movie poster in the galley showing it was the Reluctant. Last time I saw the boat was in San Diego a few years ago. It had suffered a fire and was in pretty bad shape at that time but the crew claimed they were going to restore it and start some kind of eco adventure thing in Costa Rica … call me skeptical but that sounded like a death rattle.

I’ll dig out the old photo boxes and see if I can find and scan some. In the meantime take a look at this: http://patriot.net/~eastlnd2/rj/fs/fs.htm#Hewell