fantail lookout on a moonless night and we were
replenishing at sea.
Sailors on the supply ship were throwing spuds down
at me from way up on their 01 or 02 level amidships.
I couldn't throw them back up (those supply ships were
huge compared to us) so I called the bridge on the
sound powered phones. I told the bridge phone
operator to "Tell the Captain that the fantail
lookout requests a loaded 45 be sent aft".
He said "WHAT?" and I repeated it adding that
things were being thrown down at me and I couldn't
throw them back up. It either had to stop or I needed
something that I could reach them with, like a loaded
45. (You could hear the spuds hitting
the sonar buey and shield that I was hiding behind as I
said this.) The brige phone operator came
back after relaying the message and told me to
listen up. I asked if the 45 was being sent
back and was again told to just listen up. The
captain came on the topside speakers and
announced "To the supply ship alongside, This
is the Captain of the Semmes. The fantail
lookout has requested a loaded 45 be sent aft.
If the attack on him and this ship does not cease
immediately I am considering granting his request."
(or words to that effect.) Needless to say, the Captain of
the supply ship was a little upset that Capain
Alexander took such a public way of handeling the
situation. I heard later that he called Captain A
and berated him for not contacting him quietly on
the phone. I also heard what the Captains
reply was. Just another example of how far Captain
Alexander was willing to go in backing up his ship
and crew. Sure made me want to follow him.
By the way, the
crew heard about the Canadians, girls and porthole races
the next day. I remember disbelieving, at the
time, that the Captain would be involved in such
antics. We had the impression that he
was sort of strict and straight laced.
Plank Owner 62-64
Dean...my recollection was that Captain Alexander was
incredibly supportive but kept his distance...as I guess
a CO has to do. I sure don't remember him climbing
through any portholes himself that day.