Brian Falke Posted April 10, 2019 Share #1 Posted April 10, 2019 Ok, where to start? First my motivation and why such an obscure ship. This was my first sea assignment right after commissioning from the Naval Academy. I spent two combined years on ENGAGE and IMPERVIOUS. The entire crew transferred from ENGAGE to IMPERVIOUS for Desert Storm. Being the first (you never forget your first 😉 ), ENGAGE holds a special place in my heart. It was a tough ship to be on, the crew truly lived up to the mantra "Wooden Ships, Iron Men". The ships hull was leaky and oil soaked, so as the Damage Control Assistant, I constantly worried about flooding or fire - either one and the ship was going to go fast. On IMPERVIOUS we actually conducted mine clearance operations in live minefields - very nerve wracking. That is why I chose a MSO, and why I chose ENGAGE. The attached photo of ENGAGE is from December 1991, right after her decommissioning. As you can see the pilot house port holes and bridge windows are all boarded up and the anchor chain is rigged for tow. She was to depart the next day for Philadelphia, PA. Because this was such an obscure ship, there is not a lot of ship build information out there on MSOs. Fortunately, in 2007 I was assigned to a command which had a lot, and I mean a lot of mine warfare historical documents. One of those documents was the BUSHIPS Booklet of General Plans for MSO 441 (pictures attached). This got me started. The General Plans were great for profiles and deck layout, but one thing missing from the plans were the hull lines. Searching through the internet, I was able to find a set of hull lines for a MSO, but they were not to scale. After much manipulation and trial and error, I was finally able to get those plans to scale (or at least extremely close). With a good starting point, I set out on my adventure. It was January 2008. GrandpaPhil, hexnut, BenF89 and 7 others 10 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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