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    Quote Originally Posted by cevans View Post
    Here in Inddiana,,,as I live in the wooded hills of southern Indiana 1 mile from the fence of Crane Naval Storage Depot..they have a section of woods . . . The base protects those trees just for that ship. Just thought I would throw that tidbit of info,,as I really think its kinda neat in a way.
    Now that is COOL, thanks for the info . . .

    A shot like this always makes me think of the old saying

    "He's sure a loose cannon"

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    It was a different world then. Being a history major from the Naval Academy, I got the chance to live some of the bits of history involved.

    Most common reason for death in that age: illness from lousy nutrition.

    Most common battle-related death: infection/gangrene from splinters after a cannon ball hit the outer bulkhead and exploded the wood.

    Marines spent at least as much time fighting aboard ship as on shore.

    It was the time when ships were wood and men were iron.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bradley View Post
    "He's sure a loose cannon"
    Haven't really thought about it but true!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bearpaw View Post

    Most common reason for death in that age: illness from lousy nutrition.

    Most common battle-related death: infection/gangrene from splinters after a cannon ball hit the outer bulkhead and exploded the wood.

    Marines spent at least as much time fighting aboard ship as on shore.

    It was the time when ships were wood and men were iron.
    Thanks for your post and sharing your interesting history naval infornation.
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    great pics. got me thinking if the USS Constitution has its own woods

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knotty View Post
    Looks like the US Navy gave its sailors a lot more space between hammocks than the British did.

    Thanks for the pics.
    Knotty I strongly suspect the setup is a "best case" scenario. There are attachment between each suspension and the hammocks of staggered. The density of the setup would be dictated in part by the number of crew on board at any one time. When rigged out with a full crew of sailors (for dealing with the ship) and a full complement of Marines (who did the fighting) them little tubs were chock-a-block of bodies, cargo, ammunition and artillery. Dollars to donuts there was little room to get a nice comfy diagonal lie. Some where I think I have seen the figure of 18-20" of width be person. If everyone diagonals to the same side you might get away with it.
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    Nice picture's thanks for sharing.

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    I wonder what they would of thought of whoopie slings

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    Quote Originally Posted by Others View Post
    great pics. got me thinking if the USS Constitution has its own woods
    ===> I believe it does. I met the past Commodore of the Constitution, and he was a pretty interesting guy! The Constitution (Old Ironsides) is the oldest commissioned ship in the Navy. It is used ceremonially now (led the Tall Ships Parade into Boston) and is turned around at her berth once a year, so sun will hit the opposite sides equally. The active duty sailors assigned to her for a tour take it very seriously, and consider it a high honor, much like the the Army Honor guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington DC.

    As a country, we have a pretty cool military history, in all!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SkyPainter View Post
    ===> I believe it does. I met the past Commodore of the Constitution, and he was a pretty interesting guy! The Constitution (Old Ironsides) is the oldest commissioned ship in the Navy. It is used ceremonially now (led the Tall Ships Parade into Boston) and is turned around at her berth once a year, so sun will hit the opposite sides equally. The active duty sailors assigned to her for a tour take it very seriously, and consider it a high honor, much like the the Army Honor guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington DC.

    As a country, we have a pretty cool military history, in all!
    I was fishing on the beach in Manchester by the sea a few years ago and saw the Constituation sailing in front of me. It reminded me of the ending to "The Goonies." It is so much fun to go on those old ships and the actual work involved to sail them is amazing.

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    Thank You- Others and sswens.

    Phillipsart- If they new about Whoopie Slings back then. I'm sure they would of used them!

    Ramblinrev, I beleive you to be about 100% correct, thanks for posting.

    SkyPainter, thanks for posting a bit more of her history.

    Fronkey, Fishing and watching the Constituation sailing by, good Karma dude good Karma. I was amazed being on and just touring the ship. Being on board the ship and under sail I would agree would even be more amazing. Thanks for your post...
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