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  1. The US Coast Guard cutter "Modoc, in company with cutters Northland and General Greene rescuing survivors from torpedoed convoy ships, … witnessed a large part of German ship Bismarck's last battle 23 to 27 May 1941," according to the Wikipedia article on Modoc. Modoc was so close to the action, she almost got hit. The Wikipedia article is at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USCGC_Modoc. Chuck Hill's Coast Guard blog has a detailed story at https://chuckhillscgblog.net/2013/05/24/the-coast-guard-and-the-sinking-of-the-battleship-bismark/. I've read claims that the Modoc shadowed the Bismarck and
  2. Welcome to the forum, Brian. I too have some family connections to the World War II U.S. Navy. One was an uncle who died a few years ago. I'd known since I was little that he had been in the Navy in World War II. When I learned his age, I did the arithmetic, and I realized that he had been 17 years old in 1945, the last year of the war. He must have enlisted as soon as he was eligible.
  3. Well, it's been a month. Repairing the rigging, which I thought would take a few minutes, I cracked a block but managed to glue it back together with the cord going through it. Then I snapped a spar, and to fix that I had to drill out a mast cap, but all all my drill bits smaller than 3/16" had long since broken. However, I found a hardware store that sells single drill bits, and now I have a full set again. So here's a photo. The topmasts appear to have warped or bowed a bit over the years, but I'm not ready to take that on yet.
  4. Hello, everybody. I'm somewhere between beginner and master model builder, as the home page says, though I've been away from the hobby for decades, so I'm probably closer to beginner. I never lost my love of ships, though (I have a few ship pictures on my website at http://www.stevedunham.50megs.com/photos/Afloat_photos.html). I built a few models, both kits and from scratch. My first one, the Model Shipways Phantom, is in a display case in my apartment, and I noticed that a bit of rigging had come loose. I figured I could fix it in a minute but had some trouble, and I was intimidated by all
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