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  3. Maritime Monday for April 1st, 2013:
    Burn, Baby Burn

    The USNS Harland Sanders (built originally as the oiler MV Bork Bork in Goteburg, Sweden in 1957) is one of the strangest stories of the Vietnam War.

    Commissioned into the US Naval Reserve in 1966, then re-named by the navy. The ship’s new moniker was noticed by a Manhattan advertising executive browsing the New York Times.

    He brought the ship to the attention of the Kentucky Fried Chicken Corporation, who agreed to sponsor the refitting of the vessel as a mobile supply, rest and relaxation berth for US army and naval personnel active in operations against the Viet Cong.

    In a joint event staged by the US Navy and KFC, Elvis Presley was hired to christen the vessel before it steamed out of Las Vegas and embarked for Vietnam in January, 1967. Unfortunately, news footage of the King’s dock side acapella serenade to the crew, “Have you heard the news, there’s good chicken tonight” is lost.

    USNS Harland Sanders served in the South China Sea and in the Mekong Delta between 1967 and 1968.  The ship is unique in operating the first floating fried chicken restaurant that included a helicopter deck to airlift breasts and thighs to GI’s on the ground in SE Asia. These chicko-copters are mentioned fondly in a number of Vietnam war memoirs.

    “After a long day of smoking weed in the jungle, those chicko-coptors sure were a sight for sore eyes. Charlie don’t deep-fry.”

    –Corporal Lance Bantam; Bowling Green, Kentucky; 101st Airborn

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    Only their hairdressers know for sure.

    On 25th July 1968 the ship was at anchor off the village of Hung Ree when a fire erupted in the galley.

    The subsequent explosion rained hot grease, chicken bones, and cheap plastic toys down onto a nearby hamlet; injuring 11 villagers. The crew and all GI’s on board were safely evacuated.

    After the dreadful disaster, plans for construction of a sister ship, USS Ettore Boiardi, were scrapped.

     
  4. UC-97, a German submarine from World War I that was brought to Chicago as part of a war bond drive in 1919

    Chicago Maritime Museum - This special mine-laying submarine was a trophy of war sent to the Great Lakes after the surrender of the Imperial German navy.  After fulfilling her public relations mission, the Illinois Naval Reserve used her for target practice.  Guns from the USS Wilmette and the USS Hawk pumped 18 rounds in the UC-97.  She sank somewhere off the North Shore, and in recent years has been the subject of numerous effort to locate by underwater explorers.

     

  5. Anonymous said: Saw the Nelson post on gCaptain and read the bio, nice looking blog - whatcha know about PoB, any affiliation?

    PoB?  Port of Baldeemoore? (Balmer accent)

    I am not affiliated in any way with the Port.

     
  6. Interior of the Winter Palace. The Nursery of the Children of Emperor Nicholas I or the Ship Room
    Museum:     Hermitage Museum
    Artist:     Charlemagne Joseph (Jossif) Ivanovich

     
  7. The Fall of Nelson Battle of Trafalgar 21 October 1805
    Museum:     National Maritime Museum
    Artist:     Denis Dighton;  (1792 – 8 August 1827) English painter, best known for his military portraits and battle scenes.

     
  8. Captain Nemo and the Underwater City (MGM, 1969)

    Starring Robert Ryan, Chuck Connors, Nanette Newman, Luciana Paluzzi, John Turner, Bill Fraser, Kenneth Connor, Allan Cuthbertson, and Christopher Hartstone. Directed by James Hill.

     
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  10. Montague Dawson; The George V in Action Against the Japanese

    HMS King George V (41) severely damaged the German battleship Bismarck which led to the German vessel sinking in May 1941

     
  11. The Gertrude Theobod by Emile Gruppe

    son of the famous Emil A Gruppe who founded the artists’ colony in Rockport, Maine.

    Gruppe’s artistic career began in 1915 but was briefly interrupted in 1917, when he spent a year in the United States Navy. He made his permanent studio in Gloucester, Massachusetts and became a member of the Cape Ann school of artists.

     
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  13. Apocalypse Now (United Artists, 1979)

    One Sheet (27” X 41”)  Starring Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest, Laurence Fishburne, Albert Hall, Harrison Ford, Dennis Hopper, and R. Lee Ermey. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola.

    -Heritage Auctions

     
  14. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Buena Vista, R-1971 

    One Sheet (27” X 41”). Science Fiction. Starring Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas, Peter Lorre, Robert J. Wilke, Ted de Corsia, and Gloria Pall. Directed by Richard Fleischer.

    —Heritage Auctions

     
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