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Just thought I would share this photo with you here. I crossed the Atlantic twice back in 1975, I went to Rota, Spain and Naples, Italy and then came back home. The ship was 581' in length, had a beam of 79' and a draft of 27'.






Her she is, the USS Concord.



On my return trip I was on the USS San Diego, a sister ship of the USS Concord.
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Originally posted by Squid Wood
Just thought I would share this photo with you here. I crossed the Atlantic twice back in 1975, I went to Rota, Spain and Naples, Italy and then came back home. The ship was 581' in length, had a beam of 79' and a draft of 27'.






Her she is, the USS Concord.



On my return trip I was on the USS San Diego, a sister ship of the USS Concord.
I bet there were no stabalizers...can you imagine the comments from many cruisers about that? Nice pictures.
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haha - that's awesome. I've also cruised courtesy of the US Navy - nine countries in less than a year. Not too shabby! :-) USS Rushmore!
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I'm new to cruising and have never sailed on anything besides a cruise ship. However doing so has whet my appetite to ships and sea life in general. So thanks for sharing the photos. This former land lubber is off to look up info on some of the ships mentioned. Captainmcd I really enjoy your website!
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Originally posted by Rancher Dave
I bet there were no stabalizers...can you imagine the comments from many cruisers about that? Nice pictures.
Hard as it is to belive, all Military ships come with stabalizers. Not so much for comfort, more for weapon platform stability.

Myself I spent over 20 years sailing the seas with the Royal Navy. Far too much of it in the South Atlantic. If a stab broke down there you sure did know about it.

Here is a link to a stab test aboard a British warship.
They are actually using the stabs to roll the ship, as opposed to keeping it steady.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zuND...eature=related
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never mind
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I was on a Post Koreion war eara destroyer (USS Farragut DDG 37) that literally rocked at the pier.. I crossed the Atlantic 4 times on that ship over 18 months and did a 6 month deployment to med and crossed the artic circle. It had 4 1200 psi boilers and2 screws, did over 35 knots and shot a rooster tail at full speed. It had no stablibizers but the weapons were modern for 1987 timeframe except the 5 inch gun on the bow. I glad i was able to spend a tour of duty on that ship.
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Nice pick...
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Here is the WW2 Destroyer I was on from 1966 to 1968. She's @ the bottom of the sea now.
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Originally posted by Magnetchief
Hard as it is to belive, all Military ships come with stabalizers. Not so much for comfort, more for weapon platform stability.

Myself I spent over 20 years sailing the seas with the Royal Navy. Far too much of it in the South Atlantic. If a stab broke down there you sure did know about it.

Here is a link to a stab test aboard a British warship.
They are actually using the stabs to roll the ship, as opposed to keeping it steady.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zuND...eature=related
I'm not sure about Royal Navy ships, but most US navy ships use the gyro type stabilizers, not the retractable wing stabilizers that cruise ships use. The gyro type is not speed dependent, unlike the wings which lose effectiveness at lower speeds.

I crossed the Atlantic for the first time on the SS Jean Lykes in 1973. This was a 1960's era "stick boat" or breakbulk cargo ship, that had such a low GM that the ship, even in 3-4' seas, would roll onto her beam ends, and hang there for a couple seconds "trying to decide if she wanted to roll back upright".
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Originally posted by chengkp75
I'm not sure about Royal Navy ships, but most US navy ships use the gyro type stabilizers, not the retractable wing stabilizers that cruise ships use. The gyro type is not speed dependent, unlike the wings which lose effectiveness at lower speeds.

I crossed the Atlantic for the first time on the SS Jean Lykes in 1973. This was a 1960's era "stick boat" or breakbulk cargo ship, that had such a low GM that the ship, even in 3-4' seas, would roll onto her beam ends, and hang there for a couple seconds "trying to decide if she wanted to roll back upright".
I've sailed on the Jean Lykes and a number of her sister ships and when loaded properly with a GM of 2 or 3 ft. they ride well, but the extremes are not good. I sailed on a victory ship with bombs in the lower holds and fins on 'tween decks, with an 8 ft. GM and it rolled 45 degrees in 7 seconds in rough seas, and on a c-3 where when given a deck load of lumber required ballasting of the double bottoms, which the chief engineer did not do, and the GM went negative in mid ocean, causing the ship to list 10 degrees and nearly capsizing until the chief finally put water into the double bottoms and righted the ship.
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Originally posted by captainmcd
I've sailed on the Jean Lykes and a number of her sister ships and when loaded properly with a GM of 2 or 3 ft. they ride well, but the extremes are not good. I sailed on a victory ship with bombs in the lower holds and fins on 'tween decks, with an 8 ft. GM and it rolled 45 degrees in 7 seconds in rough seas, and on a c-3 where when given a deck load of lumber required ballasting of the double bottoms, which the chief engineer did not do, and the GM went negative in mid ocean, causing the ship to list 10 degrees and nearly capsizing until the chief finally put water into the double bottoms and righted the ship.
Definitely prefer the slow rollers to the snap rollers, but it gets a bit worrying when the ship hangs over there "thinking" about coming back.
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My first sailing experience was aboard the USS General Mitchell, a troop ship, in 1958 returning from 15 months in Korea. We went from Inchon, Korea to Seattle in 16 days. I was on KP the whole time.
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I love these posts.

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