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ron ll
08-30-2014, 09:21 AM
We are in Olympia aboard Snoose for the annual Tugboat Fest.The boat right in front of us as in past years is the 100' MIKI tug, Galene, which was built in 1943 as an Army ocean going tug in WWII. It's now a livaboard and has lots of guests aboard for this festival. One of them we talked to last night is the last surviving crew member of this boat from the war. He crossed the Atlantic twice on it in 1944-45. Most of his life he thought this boat had been scrapped in New York after the war. Last year he accidentally discovered it thru the internet. So he flew out from Maine as an honered guest for this event. His original bunk is still there.

http://i1171.photobucket.com/albums/r560/ron_ll/galene.jpg

L.W. Baxter
08-30-2014, 09:27 AM
Why did that boat cross the Atlantic during the war?

ron ll
08-30-2014, 09:30 AM
Why did that boat cross the Atlantic during the war?

I don't know. I'll see if I can find out today. He said it was stationed in New York.

Jim Mahan
08-30-2014, 09:33 AM
Why did that boat cross the Atlantic during the war?

To get to the other side...

Bubba L.
08-30-2014, 09:38 AM
Cool. I would have enjoyed meeting him.

Gene

Gerarddm
08-30-2014, 10:10 AM
Convoy recovery duty?

David G
08-30-2014, 10:44 AM
Nice story!

wizbang 13
08-30-2014, 11:35 AM
dang , I wanna whip down there this afternoon if the weather gets nice.

ron ll
08-30-2014, 01:33 PM
Why did that boat cross the Atlantic during the war?

I talked to him a bit more. Their main mission was salvage and rescue. They accompanied the convoy, sort of. The convoy was faster but didn't go in a straight line. They would also provided support for submarines, often in the form of navigation as the subs only surfaced occasionally.

He is 91 and admits there is a lot he didn't know about their missions as a seaman, and much he has forgotten. At the end of his tour, they took the vessel into the salvage yard. And for 70 years he thought that was where she ended, until last year.

ron ll
08-30-2014, 01:35 PM
dang , I wanna whip down there this afternoon if the weather gets nice.

Definitely knock if you do.

Dave Hadfield
08-31-2014, 04:53 PM
Lots of convoy ships were damaged, but didn't sink right away. Some were towed to a port.

Checkout "Grey Seas Under" by Mowat.

Dave