It’s not Ham Radio but an Interesting Tidbit of Maritime History

The U. S. S. Constitution (Old Ironsides), as a combat vessel, carried 48,600 gallons of fresh water for her crew of 475 officers and men. This amount of water was sufficient to last six months of sustained operations at sea. She carried no evaporators (i.e. fresh water distillers).

However, let it be noted that according to her ship’s log, “On July 27, 1798, the U.S.S. Constitution sailed from Boston with a full complement of 475 officers and men, 48,600 gallons of fresh water, 7,400 cannon shot, 11,600 pounds of black powder and 79,400 gallons of rum.”

Her mission: “To destroy and harass English shipping.” Making Jamaica on 6 October, she took on 826 pounds of flour and 68,300 gallons of rum.

Then she headed for the Azores , arriving there 12 November. She provisioned with 550 pounds of beef and 64,300 gallons of Portuguese wine.

U.S.S. Constitution (Old Ironsides)

U.S.S. Constitution (Old Ironsides)

On 18 November, she set sail for England . In the ensuing days she defeated five British men-of-war and captured and scuttled 12 English merchant ships, salvaging only the rum aboard each.

By 26 January, her powder and shot were exhausted. Nevertheless, although unarmed she made a night raid up the Firth of Clyde in Scotland .

Her landing party of Marines, captured a whisky distillery and transferred 40,000 gallons of single malt Scotch aboard by dawn. Then she headed home.

The U. S. S. Constitution arrived in Boston on 20 February 1799, with no cannon shot, no food, no powder, no rum, no wine, no whisky, and 38,600 gallons of water.


Stuart Makes His First Contact (Story By KB6NU)

I was cruising the Web this morning while filling my ears with CW on 40 meters. It’s really great having my HF rig back from the shop. By the way, if you are in need of an equipment repair, I might suggest you contact Burghardt in South Dakota.

It’s been over 3 months since I have had my TS450S making really good noises (CW notes) in my shack. As it turned out, there was a leaky cap spewing out corrosive materials   on to one of the PC boards.  At this point I am just glad that I caught up to the problem before the radio ended up in the closet acting as a dust magnet.

After throwing down a few quick Tweets (I have learned those are what posts to Twitter are called) about our latest club project, I somehow stumbled across KB6NU’s blog.

Dan’s story about Stuart and his mom got my attention.  I thought of it as an inspirational article for Hams that take part in Field Day and Elmering the younger generation.   Apparently  Stuart was quite an interesting little fellow.  Since my writing skills will never be in the same league as Dan’s, it would be much better to take a few minutes to read Dan’s post directly. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.


Has anyone had a similar Field Day Story to share with the readers?

Are there any quick comments  out there about Dan’s story?