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    Hurricanes.
    From: Byron Franklin
    Date: 2012 Oct 31, 08:26 -0700

    Byron: This Hurricane brings memories of past at sea or on board hurricanes.
    I have been underway with 4 of them. One I cannot remember anything about.
    Another we hide off Cuba to lessen the ocean distance “fetch” and winds. Another ship AGR10 “Outpost.”
    We were tied up at the Davisville piers in Narragansett Bay. on sept 12th 1960 Donna a 5 category hurricane was coming up the coast. Hurricane Donna entering RI. we on the Outpost were ready with doubled up 6 inch lines FWD & AFT (AGR11 was a Liberty Hull (built during the 2ww to make one trip to supply our Allies) She was old with steam reciprocating 66RPMS max 11 KTS, large and top heavy with radar gear. We were manned with a bridge underway team and engineers were ready to get underway at a moment notice. I was on the bridge listening to the local radio station as it said the storm was breaking up near Block Island. At that time I heard pop, pop, and pop as our line started breaking us from alongside another YAGR we were tied to. Suddenly we were underway between the YAGR and another concrete pier. We drop the anchor and was steering in to the wind, the most dangerous situation, if we hit the pier the large old plates that were pop riveted and welded to each other would open up to the Bay water and quickly sink us. A call to Newport sent two yard tugs to our rescue, one ran aground and beached off of North Jamestown shore, the other, got between the two AGRS and almost was broke in half. After many hours the wind and sea calmed down enough to get back along side. The Local newspaper carried part of the story. AGR 10 I was a Crew Member from 15 Aug 58 to 5 May 63. The other time was on the Intrepid CVS11 coming from the Mediterranean, and up the coast south of New York. The Hurricane was very strong and we were rolling heavily. The accompany of destroyer and a tanker could button up and continue in to Narragansett Bay. We were top heavy with our normal deck full and continued heavy rolling. The Captain decided to come right to lessen the roll. As we came right the Intrepid heeled and stayed at a steep angle for a long time. Suddenly thing like heavy safes and welted lockers came loose and crashed across the decks, we were hanging at that angle as if we would never right our self. After righting we ran for two days with a fear of changing course again. I was Intrepid crew from 22 Sept to 15 Mar 74. I don’t remember the year or name of the Hurricane.

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