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Tad Redding Tad Redding from Donaldson wrote on February 12, 2019 at 6:32 pm:
Thanks! A very well thought out and constructed website. Brought back some memories.
Admin Reply by: Lanny
Thanks Tad!
Paul G Smith Paul G Smith from Calistoga wrote on February 5, 2019 at 2:08 pm:
The Salmon, SS573, was my qual boat 70-73. Nice to see some pics of the Sailfish. We had the same deck grill. One of the qual questions was, of course, length stem to stern. My memory recalls a length of xxxftx and 1/2 inches which, of course, made the Sal the longest smokeboat in the navy if for nothing other than hollow bragging rights. I suspect the 1/2 inch is the reputed appendage which was welded onto the stern. Also, I don't recall the name we had for the space below the bridge but I do recall the duty section would have music jams there when in port. And like the 572, all lookouts were from the top of the sail unless the weather was horrific, in which case we'd stand periscope watches or simply pull the plug.
Admin Reply by: Lanny
Paul - Thanks for the input! We were the only two boats in our class. I remember well the story of the 1/2" that was added to Salmon. Apparently that modification on Salmon led to the 6" plate welded to the stern of Sailfish making her the 'longest'.... You will notice that I did account for that 6" extension in the "Characteristics" section of the website. As a matter of fact, if anyone going through qual boards on the 572 failed to mention the length as 350' 6", (along with the story of Salmons extension) they would fail the qual board. All in fun!!
Kevin Clark Kevin Clark from HENDERSON wrote on January 28, 2019 at 9:50 pm:
I was on the Grayback SS 574 from 82 to her decommissioning in 84. Your vid of Westpak shows Grayback as you are exiting Subic - Thanks for sharing YOUR memories so I could see mine!! Well Done shipmate - Great website!!!
Admin Reply by: Lanny
Thanks!! I remember borrowing some engine parts from Greyback when we were Yokosuka on one of our west packs. DBF!!
Ronnie Slack Ronnie Slack wrote on January 28, 2019 at 8:28 am:
We go up and we go down!
Admin Reply by: Lanny
oh yea..... 'And we don't even....."
Griff Griff wrote on January 27, 2019 at 3:28 pm:
Way Cool Dude!

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