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:
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
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 CI1,
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)