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Excellant pictures Ron and story.
Posted by: George-CT
Date: October 14, 2009 12:45PM
They got the right man for the LSA history. The fog in the pictures really ads to the story with the boat coming out of the mist. Great that someone is cleaning it up and repainting it. I wonder whats behind that? I think you found your calling now. Maritime Historian.
Your good at.

Thanks for post.

George-CT

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Ron, I think that it is great that the Grampus is being rebuilt..............
Posted by: Kelley (Texas)
Date: October 14, 2009 08:58PM
What is wrong with having an 8 ft beam? Would that cause the ship to flip over easier? Also, how and what do they use to prep the metal after they remove the rust? I was once told that after you strip the rust from the metal that you had to immediately treat the bare metal because it will quickly start rusting again. Thanks for posting part one, I enjoyed it. Kelley (Texas) :)



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Ron, I love the before and after pictures, interesting to see! :)N/T
Posted by: Kelley (Texas)
Date: October 14, 2009 09:01PM

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Very interesting Ron and I love the pictures!!N/T
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Date: October 14, 2009 09:10PM

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Ron, here is a little blurb and picture I found on
Posted by: George-CT
Date: October 14, 2009 09:22PM
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In rough Sea's ,
Posted by: Ron J
Date: October 15, 2009 05:53PM
going forward would be okay, but if you were dead in the water, rocking/rolling, 8 ft would seem like 2 ft! Glad you and the other's enjoyed the story! Thank You your comments! Rj

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:usaflag: Hello Gentlemen! Returned from California Sunday eve.
Posted by: Ron J
Date: October 26, 2009 09:20PM
Attended the 11th Lightship Sailors Reunion in Concord Cal. Visited Point Reyes, visited the Lightshouse with a personal guide from the National Park Service! Also visited the Alameda Coast Guard Station, along with having a Memorial Service on Lightship WLV 605 in Oakland. Just need time to write a few stories. Left the hotel in Concord California for Massachusetts at 4:00 a.m. arrived in Beantown at 5:00 p.m.! Here is just a few pictures...



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Welcome home Ron... I love the Plaque... Not sure what a panga is... but the rest is great.. :):
Posted by: Mikie
Date: October 26, 2009 10:06PM
The lighthouse is beautiful.

More stories please. :):

calm seas

Micheal



"There's no present like the time"

"A dog is better than me, for she has love and does not judge"

"Sometimes the things that may or may not be true are the things a man needs to believe in the most; That people are basically good; that honor, courage, and virtue mean everything; that power and money, money and power mean nothing; that good always triumphs over evil; and I want you to remember this, that love... true love never dies. You remember that. Doesn't matter if it's true or not. You see, a man should believe in those things, because those are the things worth believing in"


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Ron, glad you made it home safely..................
Posted by: Kelley (Texas)
Date: October 26, 2009 10:17PM
Those are some awsome pictures, especially the lighthouse on the cliff photo! I will be looking forward to your stories. Kelley (Texas) :)



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Here is the Panga Mike.......
Posted by: Wayne in BC
Date: October 26, 2009 11:59PM
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The usual super pics! tell us more when you have time RJ?N/T
Posted by: Wayne in BC
Date: October 27, 2009 12:02AM

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:usaflag: " My Uncle Clarence"
Posted by: Ron J
Date: December 23, 2009 08:41PM
This last year has been extremely time consuming, but I managed to "escape" a few Saturdays, to Cape Cod, visiting Provincetown in particular. Some have read this before, My Father was born there in 1906. Spent most of his early years in the Coast Guard, mostly stationed at different Life Saving Stations or later as the name changed at Life Boat Stations. I have two Uncles and a few cousins still residing in Provincetown, so I make it a point to visit them, seeing they are both up there in age. I had planned a day trip December 12th. So at 4:30 a.m. I loaded up my three grandsons into the Suburban and headed thru Beantown, the South Shore, over the Cape Cod Canal, and a little over an hour later,once over the canal landed in Provincetown. (21/2 trip minimum with NO traffic.) As usual, I headed to Race Point to visit the dunes, and beach, at the old Race Point Coast Guard Station, now used by the National Seashore Rangers. It was extremely windy and cold at a little past seven a.m. but kids are kids, they wanted to walk down to the beach anyway!
It was a short walk, the wind was brutal, blowing right towards us, but it was long enough to pick up a little treasure...a washed up Lobster Pot Buoy. From there we drove into town, and found one of the few Coffee shops open. I need to mention Ptown is close to a ghost town in Winter! While sitting there sipping nice hot coffee, and the kids having a bacon/egg bagel sandwich, one of my cousins popped in to my surprise. We had a short conversation, being happy to run into each other. Getting close to 8 now, we drove a couple of blocks to my Uncle Clarence's business, Provincetown Welding. He resides across the street from his shop, a mere 30 second walk. As usual, he was sitting in his corner chair in the front of the Livingroom, where the Sun shines into shortly after Sunrise, catching the rays. My Uncle saw the 4 of us, and waved "come on in!"
Being Winter, his son Mike, who is constantly with him, is in Florida for most of the Winter. My cousin Kathy lives in town, may visit daily to check on her Dad, but isn't the same as when Mike is around. My Aunt Tillie passed away a few years ago, at age 90, so my Uncle lives alone. Visiting this time, made me think a little, he seemed lonely. I really never noticed, but that was because Mike was around. Uncle Clarence shines when Mike is around! He seemed happy to have three little boys playing in his living room, reminded him of when me and my brother Paul, were little when we visited as youngsters i guess. We were well behaved, as these three are, at least i think so!:D
We were having a pretty good conversation, and the 3 boys were enjoying the metal objects that my Uncle has around the livingroom, which each one is a work of art, he made and designed with his own hands, across the street in his shop...many years ago.. I need to mention, my uncle, unlike most people, thinks before speaking...each word or sentence thought out before you hear what he has to say...methodically.
I was surprised at what he shared with me, and it was special, really special i thought to share a moment that happened to him, this past Summer...
He started by saying...Ron, I was sitting on my back deck in the afternoon, with the Sun shining, and i was enjoying the warm breeze, when i happened to look down, and saw a large Bumble Bee, laying still on the deck. I looked at him,laying very still, and I knew he was exhausted. I watched for awhile, and the Bee didn't move, so I got a couple of small cards, and scooped him up, brought the bee into the kitchen. I layed him on the table, and then got a small cap, mixed a little bit of sugar with water, and put the Bee next to it. Believe it or not, the Bee appeared to be consuming the mixture. After a few minutes, he started to move, so I took him out, and layed him on the deck again. Within a few minutes, the Bee suddenly took off, and disappeared! Uncle Clarence continued....I sat on that deck for the next few days, enjoying the Sun. For three days in a row, a Bumble Bee would zoom in, at a high rate of speed, like he was going to fly into my face, when each time, the Bee would stop short maybe a foot from my face, and stare at me without moving in midair, and as quick as he came, he would take off at a right angle and disappear! I know it had to be the same Bee, and I think it may of been your Aunt Tillie keeping an eye on me!" "What do you think Ron?"
You know my reply?? "Uncle Clarence, I think you are right!"
Knowing my Uncle, and the way he thinks, there is no doubt in my mind he had to be right...who knows...... I thought this was one of the most precious moments we ever had together...and it is the first time, he ever let me know, without saying it, how much he really really misses my Aunt Tillie....By the way, Uncle Clarence is going on 94, and still going strong!
I hated to leave him that day, he really appreciated our company, and here I am, always worried about interrupting something, coming in unannounced... but i had to go, I still needed to visit my "younger" Uncle, Uncle Anthony, who is only 85! :D Enjoy! RJ

only 85 :) that bumble bee
Posted by: ojm bc
Date: December 23, 2009 11:38PM
reminds me of a baby squirrel, was detecting under a huge old oak tree, when I noticed a baby squirrel on the grass not moving, I taped it gently with the wot coil of my Minelab, it was alive but would not move?

I picked the little black furry critter up, it moved around but was very weak for some reason, well yep stopped my detecting and brought it home.
The time was now around 8pm, I left some food for it and left it in the warm greenhouse, looked in morning but was dead as a door nail, I have often picked up wild animals and brought home, but I don't recall even one surviving more then a few days, that bumble bee is very inspiring, thanks so much for sharing...

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A very good story Ron... And yes, I too believe that the bumble be very well could have been the reincarnation of your aunt..
Posted by: Mikie
Date: December 24, 2009 08:01AM
There are so many strange thing in this world.

Many thanks buddy!!!

Fair winds, calm seas

Micheal



"There's no present like the time"

"A dog is better than me, for she has love and does not judge"

"Sometimes the things that may or may not be true are the things a man needs to believe in the most; That people are basically good; that honor, courage, and virtue mean everything; that power and money, money and power mean nothing; that good always triumphs over evil; and I want you to remember this, that love... true love never dies. You remember that. Doesn't matter if it's true or not. You see, a man should believe in those things, because those are the things worth believing in"


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Gee Ron, how nice that is! ..............
Posted by: Wayne in BC
Date: December 24, 2009 01:24PM
sure enjoyed reading your story as it stirs memories of times like that in my own life.
Thank you Ron!

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