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Another ship with no particular claim to fame, the C2 Southport II of the Blidberg Rothchild Company heading to Pier Two at Da Nang in February 1967. Southport II was delivered in 1944 as the Sweepstakes (II). After the war the ship was sold to the Bull Line and renamed Elizabeth and sailed under that name until 1963 when it was renamed Adams (owner unknown) and then Southport II that same year. Southport II was sold for scrap in 1969. The scene is from my imagination and shows several facets of life on the water at Da Nang then - a sampan, a Navy Mike Boat, and several freighters off loading in the anchorage in addition to the passing Southport II which I saw again about 18 months later in Honolulu. The image of the ship is based on several photos.
· Date: Sun, 7 April 19 · Views: 144
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Keywords: SOUTHPORT II
Source of Image, If not your own: 9 x 12 inch pencil drawing by David Hendrickson
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Lagardemaritime
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Sun, 7 April 19 11:54

Wonderful atmosphere as usual
Thanks for posting.

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Stephen J. Card

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Sun, 7 April 19 12:03

The blunt end of the boat is always interesting. Especially when so rounded as on this C2.

Lovely pencil, Denis.


Do you every do any 'sail'?


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Wallace Slough
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Sun, 7 April 19 14:07

David
You and I must have been in Da Nang around the same time. I was on my first ship (Mercer Victory) discharging vehicles and deck cargo around August, 1966. Ten days at anchor watching the war from a distance. A couple of short trips to the village that were a real eye opener for a 20 year old youngster on the reality of war with sand bags and grenade screens everywhere.
Both my Uncle (helicopter pilot with three tours in Vietnam) and my cousin (retired bird colonel with two tours in Vietnam) were stationed at the USMC base nearby late in 1965. It all seems so long ago.
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Spanish Binnacle

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Mon, 8 April 19 01:14

Another lovely freighter well depicted with your pencils.

Nice

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DHendrickson
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Mon, 8 April 19 16:32

Thanks for the kind words. I think C2s looked especially good from the stern quarter as here. Regarding sailing ships, I have long had plans to do the clipper ship Lightning but so far nothing but false starts. I find the rigging, stays and sails very intimidating. In any event, on this site there is a generic sailing vessel in the illustration of the USS Cyclops, though no sails are set. The more recent illustration of HMS Hood has a dhow in the foreground - which I suppose would count as a sailing ship. In general, I prefer doing ships I am familiar with, with an occasional contemporary or older 20th century vessel that interests me thrown into the mix.
As for Da Nang while I was there (March 66-Oct 67) with a few exceptions the city was still relatively peaceful though we were severely restricted in where we could go on or off duty. The real war, as it were, was in the surrounding hinterlands.
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Wallace Slough
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Mon, 8 April 19 19:08

On that trip to Vietnam on the Mercer Victory, after we discharged our deck cargo in Da Nang, we spent 20 days at anchor in Vung Tau at the mouth of the river awaiting a berth in Saigon. There must have been 30 ships at anchor awaiting a berth as the logistics were a mess early in the war. We were distant spectators to the war with US Navy Destroyers shelling targets in the distance with their 5" guns, Navy and Marine Corps jets dive bombing targets in the distance, helicopters, PBR's, and Swift boats everywhere, and howitzer fire at night wherein we could see the shell fly through the air in an arc at night to explode on its target. Three US Army soldiers armed with M-14's and grenade launchers boarded the ship for its transit up the river but we never came under fire or received any incoming. At the berth in Saigon concussion grenades were regularly dropped over the side to discourage VC divers.
I'll never forget passing a US Navy Destroyer firing her 5" guns in the river at a distant target. There was a downbound freighter and we all passed the destroyer at the same time and the sharp and LOUD report of the 5" guns would echo back and forth between the three ships.
I am very happy to state that never in all my experiences in war zones having ever been shot at. Lots of shooting going on in the distance but nothing in my direction. A couple of close calls in having just sailed from Saigon before Tet broke out, and transiting the Suez Canal in 1967 to view long caravans of Egyptian troops heading up into the Sinai prior to the 6 day War but exiting the canal before the fireworks started. Lady luck was on my shoulder!
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