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About wemattson

  • Birthday August 16

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    Marion, Massachusetts
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    Other than scale models, my interests include sailing, scuba diving, and cycling.
  1. Hexnut, Thank you. You got it. It's a '54 Pontiac Chieftain. It was my father in laws and my wife's family didn't want to see it deteriorate into rust. We're in the process of making it road worthy again. dgbot, The TR-6 is mine. My sons can have it after I'm gone only if they treat me nice when I'm too old to enjoy it..lol. Jack, Thanks for the compliment. It's a '74. It's very reliable (especially for a British car), easy to work on and a blast to drive Cheers, Wayne

    Whenever I complained as a kid about some "injustice", my father would say "If you're looking for sympathy, look in the dictionary, it's between sh*t and syphillis." I also remeber hearing everytime I did something stupid: "that's a good way to get your t*ts caught in the ringer." and when I did get in trouble, he'd say "you got your a$$ caught in a sling this time." I really was a troublemaker...my poor father...
  3. I have far too many hobbies and not enough time to do justice to any of them. The Admiral claims that I suffer from hobby ADD. Some of my hobbies are strictly summer hobbies and some are more year round. At present, I am involved in the following: Scale Models, sailing, kayaking, cycling, scuba diving, marksmanship, aerial photography (video) and old cars. I've been working on the following two cars with my sons for a couple of years now: Also, here's a link to one of my videos I shot with a GoPro and Phantom Quadcopter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8y7g4hLdxU Cheers, Wayne
  4. I've just returned to scale modelling as a hobby although I still don't have as much time as I'd like to build. Besides ships, I enjoy building airplanes and formula one race cars: Cheers, Wayne
  5. I inspected the Sterett in 1989 while it was in the Phillippines. I was onboard for three weeks. It was one of the last steam ships we worked on.
  6. I did a couple of things to remember the ships I sailed or worked on. The training ships were easy to remember because I spent a lot of time on them just like the merchant ships I sailed on as a licensed engineer. I bought a hat for each Navy ship I worked on, which are lined up on the top shelf in my office. The other ships like the Constitution and the ships at Battleship Cove in Fall River are practically in my back yard, so to speak and I visit them every couple of years and the tall ships like the Eagle or Sagres, come to New Bedford or Mass. Maritime Academy once in a while.
  7. Between my time at Mass Maritime Academy and my seagoing career, I've been fortunate enough to have been exposed to many ships for both work and pleasure. Some were clearly more fun than others: Training ships: TS Kennedy TS Patriot State TS State of Maine TS Empire State Ships I've worked on and/or inspected: SS Spray (formerly Gulfspray) RV Arctic Discoverer USS Biddle USS Preble USS California USS Dale USS Josephus Daniels USS Sterett USS Oliver Hazard Perry USS Spruance USS Trippe USS Comstock Museum, Port Visits: USS Constitution USS Massachusetts USS Joseph P. Kennedy USS Lionfish USS Pampanito USS Olympia Charles W. Morgan USCG Eagle NRP Sagres RV Knorr RV Atlantis II Cruising: Nordic Prince Norwegian Sun I think that covers it. Cheers, Wayne