What You See

One of the forms of torture the US Navy inflicted on recruits was a series of swimming tests. So, of course, you'd expect the Navy to want minimum floatation abilities, right? The final test, you could not graduate from Basic Training without passing it, was a challenging one for me.

The Markets

Former petty office first class John O'Toole loved to get in little digs at me. He remembered when I was " not the sharpest tool in the kit." In short, he remembered when I was an addled brain sailor whose sea locker and sea bag always needed a good tossing and cleanup before inspections.

Smallest YT in the Navy?

As you may know I like to carve portraits of ships and boats. So I studiously snap photos of anything I find on the water that's of interest.

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Forms and Procedures

By the time I came along, Gundecking could be an art form in the hands of a master like O'Toole. Most Gundecking is the simple checking off of boxes on reports for maintenance or inspection. More elaborate needs could require Quiji Boards, modified game spinners, and critically the Magic 8 Ball.

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