MY BEST VALENTINE EVER

MY BEST VALENTINE EVER

Joined: August 24th, 2003, 10:08 pm

February 10th, 2008, 7:49 pm #1

was SEA TRIALS, February 14, 2005

BACK IN TIME REMEMBER WHEN
by Kenny and Anna Adams

As seen from the fantail by Anna and the main engine room by Kenny (Black Gang)

With all systems up and running at 0500, dropping the gangway and all lines and with the crew and Coast Guard aboard at 0800, LST 325 left Hook's Terminal. Tug boats assisted the passage through the railroad bridge and our ship was set free at 0930.

Full speed ahead came across the telegraph and the 325 cut a path across the Bay. By high noon, every system was tested and tested again. From full ahead to full astern, Right full rudder, secure port engine, secure starboard engine and restart port. Man aft steering, shaft alley report on the bearing temperatures. Ballast starboard for a 3° list, then level her again. Switch from generator #4 to generator #1, man forward port and starboard fire lines, check fire pump pressure.

Like a wild mustang running across the plains, kicking up her heels and swinging her head, the 325 turned and twisted from starboard to port like she was just let out of the barn after a long winter storm.

Nightfall was upon us as she slipped back into her barn with a crew that was truly proud of themselves and their ship.

A lot of thanks go out to all those who were aboard in spirit and soul, and who made this day possible.

~ Kenny & Anna Adams



Note: She's come a long way since Valentine's Day, 2005... thanks to so many wonderful volunteers and crew members!










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Joined: September 1st, 2005, 8:06 pm

February 10th, 2008, 11:30 pm #2

This was second for me; only to our sea trial in Souda, Crete, Greece, with one difference, we did not have any Coast Guard aboard, but we went for 5 hrs. and did everything about the same as to putting the 325 through her tests. We also went between the Navy prepositioning (Black) ships and blew our whistle! The US Navy personnel came out to see us underway and our State Dept. went into shock -- as those old guys have that ship running and will now want to bring her back across the Atlantic! The picture of the crew brought back a lot of memories; we had a lot of cooks, a yeoman, crew compartment cleaners, laundry men/women, stewards, lookouts etc. Everyone must be a crewman to ride and all were on the watch quarter and station bill. I wonder why Carl Black had such a big smile? Again LST 325 surprised a lot of people, as again we had those who said she would never sail again. Capt. 325
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Joined: August 31st, 2003, 11:35 pm

February 11th, 2008, 1:59 pm #3

Ahoy Capt!

Once the word drifted back to the US about what you old geezers were doing in Greece defying all the odds to bring your old ship home, you became instant heroes to all of us!

You & your dedicated crew showed the world (including many Navy skeptics and the US State Department) what the indomitable spirit of the American Veteran is all about.

Those who were lucky enough to be there will never forget that emotional arrival at the Alabama State Docks with all the school kids shouting & waving their posters featuring a favorite crew member!

You all became our special "GOLD" Valentines and the beat goes on every time you muster your "Golden Oldies" along with the newer crew to take her out again!
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Joined: August 24th, 2003, 10:08 pm

February 12th, 2008, 4:08 am #4

was SEA TRIALS, February 14, 2005

BACK IN TIME REMEMBER WHEN
by Kenny and Anna Adams

As seen from the fantail by Anna and the main engine room by Kenny (Black Gang)

With all systems up and running at 0500, dropping the gangway and all lines and with the crew and Coast Guard aboard at 0800, LST 325 left Hook's Terminal. Tug boats assisted the passage through the railroad bridge and our ship was set free at 0930.

Full speed ahead came across the telegraph and the 325 cut a path across the Bay. By high noon, every system was tested and tested again. From full ahead to full astern, Right full rudder, secure port engine, secure starboard engine and restart port. Man aft steering, shaft alley report on the bearing temperatures. Ballast starboard for a 3° list, then level her again. Switch from generator #4 to generator #1, man forward port and starboard fire lines, check fire pump pressure.

Like a wild mustang running across the plains, kicking up her heels and swinging her head, the 325 turned and twisted from starboard to port like she was just let out of the barn after a long winter storm.

Nightfall was upon us as she slipped back into her barn with a crew that was truly proud of themselves and their ship.

A lot of thanks go out to all those who were aboard in spirit and soul, and who made this day possible.

~ Kenny & Anna Adams



Note: She's come a long way since Valentine's Day, 2005... thanks to so many wonderful volunteers and crew members!









In Life there are some special Highs and Lows and yes, Bill and I also agreed with Kenny and Anna that Valentine’s Day 2005 was definitely a very special HIGH.

They described in detail the actions of the Ship and maybe they’ll let me add a few more details to the picture.

Bill and I had been “custodians” of the Ship during January and we stayed on until after that special ‘cruise’ to make sure the Ship “passed”.

The test had been planned for Saturday, the 12th of February, but on Friday, the crew found out that the Test for Seaworthiness (& a trip up the East Coast) would take place on Monday the 14th at 0800. For a while there were some long faces and some of the crew needed to return to their homes for work on Monday, but after a very quiet Sunday, people were ready early for the trip. Light rain in the morning and clearing in the afternoon had been predicted, but with the dawn came sunshine and warming temperatures all day. We had a ‘taste’ of spring on February 14th.

When the 325 had to stop and reverse, the ol’ gray ‘girl’ groaned a little and reversed and continued on as ordered. She went faster and then slower and we all gave her a “high-five” with the results. There were some items to fix, repair, provide, etc. but she passed with “flying colors” that beautiful Valentine’s Day in 2005. That led to the fulfilling Atlantic Coast Trip to Boston and back to Mobile - May-July.

Thanks Kenny and Anna for your special remembrances.

Judy Spencer





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Joined: May 7th, 2004, 4:57 am

February 13th, 2008, 2:03 am #5

was SEA TRIALS, February 14, 2005

BACK IN TIME REMEMBER WHEN
by Kenny and Anna Adams

As seen from the fantail by Anna and the main engine room by Kenny (Black Gang)

With all systems up and running at 0500, dropping the gangway and all lines and with the crew and Coast Guard aboard at 0800, LST 325 left Hook's Terminal. Tug boats assisted the passage through the railroad bridge and our ship was set free at 0930.

Full speed ahead came across the telegraph and the 325 cut a path across the Bay. By high noon, every system was tested and tested again. From full ahead to full astern, Right full rudder, secure port engine, secure starboard engine and restart port. Man aft steering, shaft alley report on the bearing temperatures. Ballast starboard for a 3° list, then level her again. Switch from generator #4 to generator #1, man forward port and starboard fire lines, check fire pump pressure.

Like a wild mustang running across the plains, kicking up her heels and swinging her head, the 325 turned and twisted from starboard to port like she was just let out of the barn after a long winter storm.

Nightfall was upon us as she slipped back into her barn with a crew that was truly proud of themselves and their ship.

A lot of thanks go out to all those who were aboard in spirit and soul, and who made this day possible.

~ Kenny & Anna Adams



Note: She's come a long way since Valentine's Day, 2005... thanks to so many wonderful volunteers and crew members!









Time flies almost as fast a speeding LST. That was indeed a good day.
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