In port and out again!

by The Boatswain | December 26th, 2006

On the Bennington from 1958 to 1961, we got to do a good bit of time in San Diego, between deployments, and my time was occupied by fixing up our barren house area and, since our oldest joined the Boy Scouts, I got conned into being assistant Scout Master when I was available.

Our Improved Back Yard

Our Improved Back Yard

A Knot Board I had the Scouts learn to make.

A Knot Board I had the Scouts learn to make.

One of our favorite ports was the Japanese city of Yokosuka (usually pronounced “Yo-coo-ska” by us.) In those days it was the most important U.S. Navy port in Japan as it had a well-equipped ship yard.

Leaving port from Yokosuka, Japan

Leaving port from Yokosuka, Japan

My station during any “entering or leaving” port routine was up in the forecastle, where we had to be ready to drop the anchor at a moments notice, in case of loss of power or other emergencies.

Van on the FO'C'SLE

Van on the FO'C'SLE

VIEW OF THE STERN: Notice the “garbage chutes” on each side, where garbage (NOT trash) was thrown overboard for disposal, which usually attracted fish and seagulls!

View of the Bennington's Stern

View of the Bennington's Stern

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The United States Navy rating of Boatswain's Mate is a designation given to enlisted members who are rated as a deck seaman. The colloquial form of address for a boatswain's mate is 'Boats'.

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