- R.L. Seiden -


6/27/2009 Me and the TAGS



Me and the TAGS


I met all three TAGS ships on or about 1 December 1961 when they returned to Caven Point, NJ, an old US Army ammunition pier just south of the Statue of Liberty.  And what a motley sight they were - rust buckets returning after three years with little or no shipyard maintenance.  They sailed up the harbor in line, each with her own list, one to port, two to starboard. They were quite a sight.

Here is an article from the 1 Dec, 1961 New York Times announcing the arrival of the three TAGS at Caven Point, NJ:       NYT_12011961-1200.jpg (391704 bytes)

I believe the Michelson went to Brooklyn Navy Yard for its three month overhaul.  Dutton and Bowditch went to Maryland Drydock and Shipbuilding.

I went to Baltimore with T-AGS-21 and T-AGS-22 as the Sperry Rep assigned to NAVDAC (Not a Very Damn Accurate Computer).  With assistance from ETs from Dutton we did a thorough overhaul, testing every transistor, and replacing memory drums.

I remained with Bowditch for the trip to Norway in March, for surveys in the North Atlantic and Norwegian Sea.  Our schedule was 24 days at sea, and then 4 days in port; the first six months Bergen, then Belfast, back to Bergen, 31 days at sea and a final inport in Belfast with Dutton and Michelson.  Then we left for the Med and Christmas in Naples.  For the next six months we used Naples and Pireaus for ports.  I left I believe in June replaced by Art Shattuck (Sp?) 

The Sperry Loran rep was (and again forgive my spelling) Henry Seminouwski followed by Nick Efstadous.  I believe that Henry had been Loran Rep before I arrived on Bowditch.

I don't know who the reps were on Michaelson.  Jack (or John) Keenan was NAVDAC rep on Dutton, and at one time or another worked the NAVDACS on all three TAGs, the CI
1, and the OI2 as did I.  This makes us the only people to work on all five NAVDAC Mk 1s.

I made trips on Dutton in the Med and Michelson in the Pacific as Loran Rep to calibrate the Loran net after we lost possession of the Master station in Libya - it was moved to the instep of Italy, and for some experimental stuff in Japan.  Malcolm Waclaw was lead Sperry Rep on Michelson which at that point had a much larger oceanographic civilian group.

1, CI - USS Compass Island EAG-153
2, OI - USNS Observation Island T-AGM-
23 (ex-EAG-154)