USS Monadnock: How 'Not' to Build a Battleship

cshortridge73
5th July 2012, 17:59
RELATING THE STRANGE CASE OF THE USS MONADNOCK, THE OLDEST NEW SHIP THAT EVER ENTERED THE NAVY

hen a small boy excitedly told an old timer that they were going to launch the Monadnock, the old man chuckled.
“Shucks, Sonny,” he mused. “People been saying that ever since I can remember. Why they was a building on that old devil when I was a boy!”
As a matter of fact, no one really believed the story that the Monadnock was to be launched. It was too incredible. Why, she was home, and wife, and mother to hundreds of yard workmen. They could affectionately call every rivet in her by name - its first name.
Even the town’s people had come to love her. They had become so used to gazing across the channel at her over their breakfast coffee that they regarded her as part of the scenery: a permanent part.

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USS MONADNOCK: HOW NOT TO BUILD A BATTLESHIP (http://navalmerchantshiparticles.blogspot.com/2012/07/uss-monadnock-how-not-to-build.html)

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Scabby Rat
13th July 2012, 11:03
HaHa!!! hell of a yarn, great stuff.

gordy
13th July 2012, 12:06
Excellent story.

Mariner44
14th July 2012, 06:58
Does this foretell the fate of the Royal Navy in years to come?