User Tag List

Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: Being Walter Mitty

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Ottawa
    Posts
    1,022
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default Being Walter Mitty

    My youngest is an officer in the Canadian Navy and we went to Halifax last weekend to celebrate her birthday and pinch her cheeks. On Saturday she gave us a tour of the naval shipyard and took us aboard the HMCS Charlottetown, a Halifax class frigate (4,770 tonnes, 440ft). It was pretty cool to go aboard a working warship. There is stuff crammed everywhere, each corridor is packed with firefighting and damage control gear and ceilings are stuffed with electrical cables and water pipes. Amidst all that are reminders that this is a home and workplace as well as a warship: a wall of pet photos next to the small arms locker, a note on the espresso machine: ďDonít be a shit, empty your groundsĒ, Christmas lights in the Damage Control Room, MSDS sheets and stickers. There were only a dozen or so people onboard when we were there and itíll be VERY crowded when the full complement of 300 sailors is there. It was a blast sitting in the Commanderís chair and daydreaming of high seas adventure!

    Pocketa-pocketa-pocketa

    Fun things I learned: ship engines donít change their rpm; the propeller pitch is altered to change speed; a ship sails with a large reserve of cash because supplies purchased outside of home ports are paid for in hard currency; the Commander dines alone and is permitted in the messes (officer, senior enlisted, junior enlisted) by invitation only; part of the countermeasures equipment is an object that when thrown overboard inflates to a size larger than the ship itself; the Halon fire suppressant gas will douse a fire but not immediately suffocate a human.
    Attached Images Attached Images
    Jonathan Lee
    My science page

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Olympia, WA.
    Posts
    1,792
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default Re: Being Walter Mitty

    Flick that elbow Cappy!
     

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    North Shore, MA
    Posts
    1,405
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default Re: Being Walter Mitty

    Very cool, thanks for sharing! Great for your Daughter, you have good reason to be proud parents!
     

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    DURHAM, North Cackalacky
    Posts
    1,489
    Post Thanks / Like
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Default Re: Being Walter Mitty

    Indeed, that is cool. Time was, it had to be your birthday to get into the cockpit, pilot house, or bridge.
     

Similar Threads

  1. RIP: Walter de Maria
    By false_aesthetic in forum The OT
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 07-27-2013, 05:16 PM

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •