War Shots: 2007 IR/CWCC Nationals - Battle Photos
Gone Fishin'If you're looking at the photos and wondering about the ship with no superstucture except for a pair of paper towel rolls, the answer is "We all make rookie mistakes." And this one cost me something personal.
If you've been following these pages you'll have noticed that I've put a bit of work into Hindenburg's superstructure, seen here in 2006. While chasing one of the Allied boats during the second sortie Hindenburg didn't seem too badly damaged so I wasn't paying her much attention and in fact let her get pretty far away. Suddenly the Allies started cheering and as I glanced over all I saw was Hindenburg's bow rising up (she always sinks pretty) and then heading for Davy Jone's Locker. You guessed it, I forgot to turn on the pump.
I rushed to the scene and went in to recover the ship to find she had gone down in over 7 feet of water which made the recovery tough. I found her and brought her to the surface to find that the superstructure had floated off and sunk! So I ended up spending quite a bit of time in the water over the week looking for it without success. So here are two photos, one the last photo of the Hindenburg taken with her superstructure (she got rammed 30 seconds into the 1st sortie) and me "fishing" for the superstucture later in the week. And of course there are more photos below them you may find interesting as well.