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Old September 17th, 2007, 06:21 PM
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I have been misleading all you fine folks. As my mom pointed out today, my first time on a ship was in October of 1953. I was 6-years-old and the ship was the USNS Frederick Funston. We sailed from Seattle to Adak, Alaska and on to Yokohama, Japan. And a year later we made the same trip back the other way on the same ship. The Frederick Funston was a C-3 type ship with an overall length of 492 ft. and gross weight of 11,969 tons. Her cruising speed was 16.5 knots. She was built in 1942 and served in both the Pacific and European theaters during WWII. The trip was supposed to take 9 days, but we ran into a typhoon and had to detour around it leading to a trip of 15 days. The trip back was uneventful and on time. As you may imagine, I don't remember a lot of this, but my mom says I was very popular with the crew as I was well-behaved and one of the few people on board who was not vilely seasick. I evidently acquired my sea legs very early on!
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Old September 17th, 2007, 06:50 PM
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Arkiegal:

There are a great many that attained their sea legs aboard a navy vessel at a very young age. My sister came over, from England on the, Liberty Ship, SS Marine Falcon.

Here is a picture of the USNS Fredrick Funston:



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Old September 17th, 2007, 07:02 PM
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Man am I glad that cruiseships have changed a lot over the years. :-)

Thanks for sharing that little piece of your life, Arkiegal. That was interesting.

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Old September 17th, 2007, 07:39 PM
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I am glad they have changed as well
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Old September 18th, 2007, 04:51 AM
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I have been misleading all you fine folks. As my mom pointed out today, my first time on a ship was in October of 1953. I was 6-years-old and the ship was the USNS Frederick Funston. We sailed from Seattle to Adak, Alaska and on to Yokohama, Japan. And a year later we made the same trip back the other way on the same ship. The Frederick Funston was a C-3 type ship with an overall length of 492 ft. and gross weight of 11,969 tons. Her cruising speed was 16.5 knots. She was built in 1942 and served in both the Pacific and European theaters during WWII. The trip was supposed to take 9 days, but we ran into a typhoon and had to detour around it leading to a trip of 15 days. The trip back was uneventful and on time. As you may imagine, I don't remember a lot of this, but my mom says I was very popular with the crew as I was well-behaved and one of the few people on board who was not vilely seasick. I evidently acquired my sea legs very early on!
This was my first and only "cruise" so far....The "TOFUA"






There is something to be said about the older ships as they all had their own personalities?

I was 4 years old in 1969 while on this ship and I remember heaps, including throwing "jaffa" lollies down to some crew members in the forward "HOLD" rearranging cargo at the time.

"arkiegal", did you lose your "Return" key?
I must have also gained my sealegs early

Great times and great memories.
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