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Re: Dec. 19, 1960


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Posted by Richard in Albuquerque on Wednesday, December 19th 2018:

In Reply to: Dec. 19, 1960 posted by Nate Goldman on Wednesday, December 19th 2018:

In 1973-1974, when I served in USS Constellation as a Lieutenant (Junior Grade), she had a large brass or bronze plaque mounted on the Hangar Deck's starboard bulkhead forward of and near the mid-ships fire-doors that commemorated the many shipyard workers and Naval personnel who perished in that fire. IIRC, the plaque listed all hands lost by name and position. She also had a hinged main mast alongside the island with the hinge visible on the Flight Deck. This was to allow the Connie to sail up the East River under the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. In my time, the mast was welded permanently upright. It likely was never used again. There was a rumor that the reason the ship had no personnel escalators between the dirty-shirt wardroom on the second deck and the upper (O2) deck just below the Flight Deck was because the funds were re-directed to other repairs following the fire. I never learned whether that rumor was true. I well remember both the fifteen alarm fires called out in Brooklyn that month.

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