SHANGHAIED

by Paul McKenna as told to Jack Eckert

 

From: Paul R McKenna <prmckenna@juno.com>

To: jeckert@execpc.com <jeckert@execpc.com>

Subject: Re: Ancient history

Date: Thursday, July 16, 1998 9:40 PM

Jack:

"You wont believe this, but..."

After you left Evergreen in 52 I had occasion to make a trip on her from Woods Hole to Argentia, Newfoundland in 1953. Here is how it happened:

From: Paul R McKenna <prmckenna@juno.com>

To: jeckert@execpc.com <jeckert@execpc.com>

Subject: Re: Ancient history

Date: Thursday, July 16, 1998 9:40 PM

Jack:

"You wont believe this, but..."

After you left Evergreen in 52 I had occasion to make a trip on her from Woods Hole to Argentia, Newfoundland in 1953. Here is how it happened:

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The Unimak was moored at Argentia having completed a double Charlie/Bravo patrol. I was stationed at the International Ice Patrol Headquarters in Argentia. Being the good sailor that I was I imbibed a few at the Blue Jackets Club. I decided that if I went down to the Unimak I would be able to get a good nights sleep, eat a good breakfast, and then walk up the hill to my office in the "Ice House" in time to get to work in the morning.

Good Plan!

Sometime during the night the Unimak sailed on a rescue mission and spent 10 days at sea before arriving in Boston with me on board. My CO in Argentia sent a message to COMEASTAREA and CCGD1 accusing the Unimak of "Hijacking" me to which the CO of the Unimak replied, "Who had the press gang?"

Upon arrival at Boston I was transferred over to the Evergreen for transportation back to Argentia. The XO of the Evergreen refused me liberty because I did not have a dress uniform --I was wearing the uniform of the day for Argentia; undress blues, boondockers and a fur-lined parka. My old shipmate from Base Boston, BM1 Rocky Anglin, scrounged up a dress uniform for me (I didn't ask where he got it) and I was granted liberty to meet the ship in Woods Hole in 7 days. I got to Woods Hole a day early and Rocky, GM2 John DeThomas, and I along with most of the Evergreen's Crew, celebrated our last night in civilization. The ship sailed at 0400 and we soon hit a hurricane. Of the 64 people on board that trip, 61 were sea sick and 3 were drunk. I have never been seasick in my life!

When I finally got back to Argentia after 21 days absence, I was "awarded" a Captain's Mast but was found innocent because "First Class Petty Officers don't get lost"

"This really happened, I sh_t you not!"

Paul

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