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Old 27th February 2020, 21:32
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This was on here some years ago, i believe - but it is worth a refresh. The recording of the 1983 distress of the loss of the USA? collier "Marine Electric" c/s WOOH. The r/o did not survive as she went down by the head.

On right hand side click VBR mp3.

https://archive.org/details/SsMarineElectricWoohSos
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Old 27th February 2020, 23:59
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This was on here some years ago, i believe - but it is worth a refresh. The recording of the 1983 distress of the loss of the USA? collier "Marine Electric" c/s WOOH. The r/o did not survive as she went down by the head.

On right hand side click VBR mp3.

https://archive.org/details/SsMarineElectricWoohSos
Someones last words? Not very good taste I suggest!

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Old 28th February 2020, 00:46
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Transcript_SOS_WOOH

A transcript for those who might want the Morse translated for them.

Albion "Al" Lane, the R/O who perished during the SOS had one of the most beautiful fists I've ever heard, I listened to him daily from my home near USCG Boston/NMF in Marshfield, MA. One day he'd QTO from near NMN and send his OBS there, and the next he'd send to NMF or VAU in Yarmouth, NS Canada. He always used the MCW on his transmitter, sounded very nice.

https://frumpblog.com/2018/02/16/the...-35-years-ago/


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Old 28th February 2020, 00:46
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Read the book of the SOS Free Online: "Until the Sea Shall Free Them: The Wreck of the SS Marine Electric.
https://frumpblog.com/2018/08/04/rea...-chapter-four/
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Old 28th February 2020, 14:14
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I listened again with great respect. As soon as the r/o said "VA" I knew that was the last transmission.
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Old 28th February 2020, 15:37
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Read the book of the SOS Free Online: "Until the Sea Shall Free Them: The Wreck of the SS Marine Electric.
https://frumpblog.com/2018/08/04/rea...-chapter-four/
Thank you for the gift. I'll be honoured to read it.
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Harry, thanks for posting. I have the book and it is a salutory tale of Robert Frump's survival and his fight for justice. That said, there is still some way to go, judging by the 2015 story of the sinking of the American cargo ship El Faro as told in Into The Raging Sea by Rachel Slade.

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This whole tragedy does not reflect well on the USCG ship inspection service and the ABS Class society....to put it mildly....
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If that is/was USCG standard distress procedure of the time have to say was unimpressed.
Perhaps my interpretation is incorrect thata whole hour went by and not a single NMN dot or dash of USCG search and rescue encouragement to a very proficient and super-cool WOOH RO and crew.
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Yes, hopeless.
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The bravery and dedication of the helicopter and boat crews of the USCG is never in doubt, but the high level coordination often leaves a lot to be desired.
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If that is/was USCG standard distress procedure of the time have to say was unimpressed.
Perhaps my interpretation is incorrect thata whole hour went by and not a single NMN dot or dash of USCG search and rescue encouragement to a very proficient and super-cool WOOH RO and crew.
WOOH (MARINE ELECTRIC) was answered immediately by USCG COMMSTA Boston/NMF. Sometimes - and this seemed to be one of them - conditions from offshore Virginia to Boston were better than from offshore Virginia to Portsmouth, VA where NMN was located. I was stumped by this also but sometimes during the day VAU Yarmouth, NS would come barrelling in, other times you wouldn't hear them at all. USCG Boston, NMF had receivers at Marshfield, MA and on Governor's Island, Manhattan, New York City. NMF transmitter was near the Cape Cod canal.

Here is a transcript that I made of the recording, errors please post to this list. I did it many years ago.

https://ia800605.us.archive.org/13/items/SsMarineElectricWoohSos/Transcript_SOS_WOOH.txt

As pointed out the recording is here:
https://ia800605.us.archive.org/13/i...ectric_SOS.mp3

Snoop around on the left for more files, I haven't made links for all the files and when I got the USCG video it displaced the SOS recording.

I believe I now have ALL the links in the description, I added links to the photo of WOOH and links to the transcript.

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There but for the grace of God....
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i listened to the audio and all it was, was dits and dah the whole time i thought they would would have started transmitting by vioce after they got hold of someone else

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Although the bandwidth is much greater with a terrestrial voice circuit the intelligence transferred is very prone to error caused by interference. If you wanted to be rescued pre GMDSS/Satcom better rely on morse.
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Tony, can I add to what Varley said. Deep sea distress working was by telegraphy on 500 kHz in those days, with a coverage of hundreds, even a thousand + miles. Voice might have been used on VHF when within the last 30 miles, but the ships never got that close. Telegraphy has the advantage of being precise in sending and receiving letters and numbers while the messages were understood no matter what the native language of the mariner.

We can copy Morse from signal levels far too weak to understand voice and the signal to noise ratios on those recordings would never have let each station communicate by voice. I'm very pleased I went to sea in those days. It was all voice on the Great Lakes but even then it could get difficult
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