- SHIP'S NEWSPAPERS -
The Phantom Reporter, 1967
  Bowditch’s newspaper, “The Phantom Reporter” from July 1967 and August 1967.  Definitely not a family oriented effort, its purpose was to roast everyone on the crew.  Your friendly Admin gets skewered at least twice in each issue.  The first issue was basically the effort of one crewman, while the second had some input from others.  It’s mostly pretty funny, although some of the comments are no longer understandable after 40 years.  These pubs exceeded the bounds of even our poor taste and restraint, so it only lasted two issues.

(Contributed by Earl Adams)
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  “The Phantom Reporter”, August 1967

(Contributed by Earl Adams)
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The "No Slack", 1969
  July, 1969.  This is completely incomprehensible.  (Unless you were there, in which case, your memory is probably GONE!)

(Contributed by Ron Gazboda.)
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Cruise Books, 1971-1972  
  Cruise Book: Oct 1971, Lisbon, Portugal.
(Contributed by Jim Bohnsack.)
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  Cruise Book: Jan 1972, Falmouth, England.
(Contributed by Jim Bohnsack.)
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  Cruise Book: Feb, 1972, Rota, Spain.
(Contributed by Jim Bohnsack.)
  Cruise Book: Apr, 1972, Rota, Spain.
(Contributed by Jim Bohnsack.)
  Cruise Book: May, 1972, Malaga, Spain.
(Contributed by Jim Bohnsack.)
  Cruise Book: May, 1972-Jun, 1972, La Coruna & Rota, Spain.
(Contributed by Jim Bohnsack.)
  Cruise Book: Jun, 1972Southampton, England
(Contributed by Bob Lord)
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  Cruise Book: Jul, 1972Southampton, England
(Contributed by Bob Lord)
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  Cruise Book: Aug, 1972, Southampton, England
(Contributed by Bob Lord)
The Bowditch Crew's "Cruz" Books, 1972-1973

The "Cruz" Books, Crew's Books and Spitoons [sic] were produced on large format 44" x 32" photographic paper and folded to 11" x 8".  The material was laid out in 11" x 8" format on the front half to produce eight pages.  The back half took advantage of the large format to display photographs, so it is not easily divided into normal-sized pages.  These presentations attempt to divide the original Cruz Books into sixteen sequential pages: click on the first thumbnail to display the pages.  A mosaic assembly of the complete front and back sheets is also included, linked to the second and third thumbnails.  I recommend you do NOT attempt to display the complete front and back sheets in your browser but right-click and save to your local hard drive, then display the images locally.  The Firefox web browser does a much better job of displaying these large mosaics than MS Internet Explorer.  These graphic files are very large:  about 9500 x 6000 pixels and 7MB each.  (I'll make an attempt at a later time to reduce the size of these files without loss of resolution.)
  STERN SHOT, Southampton, England.  December, 1972

(Courtesy of Cecil "Art" Dayson.)
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  FULL SPEED AHEAD, Barcelona, Spain.  March, 1973

(Courtesy of Cecil "Art" Dayson.)
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  BOWDITCH HOME JOURNAL, Naples, Italy.  April, 1973

(Courtesy of Cecil "Art" Dayson.)
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  THE LAST BOAT DRILL, Southampton, England.  July, 1973

(Courtesy of Cecil "Art" Dayson.)
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  ANCHORS AWEIGH.  ca. August, 1973

(Courtesy of Cecil "Art" Dayson.)
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  SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND.  September, 1973

(Courtesy of Richard Newman.)
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The Bugle, 1973  
  The Bugle, Edition One, 19 Feb 1973

This was a newsletter put out by the new MSTS Chief Steward, E.C. Hoban.  It was produced mainly for the civilian crew.

(Contributed by Bob Lord)
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  The Bugle, Edition Two, 26 Feb 1973 

(Contributed by Bob Lord)
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The Bowditch Crew's Cruise Books, 1974-1975  
  SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND.  April, 1974

(Courtesy of Richard Newman.)
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  SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND. May, 1974

(Courtesy of Richard Newman.)
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GREENOCK, SCOTLAND, July 15, 1974

(Courtesy of Richard Newman.)
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  THE RED HOOK RAG
ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND, May 5, 1975

(Courtesy of Richard Newman.)
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The Bowditch Spitoon, 1976-1978
 
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The Bowditch Spitoon, Jul 1976.

(Courtesy of Tom Pusateri.)
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The Bowditch Spitoon, Aug 1976.
That's Carroll "Frog" King on the cover!

(Courtesy of Tom Pusateri.)
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  The Bowditch Spitoon, Oct 1976.

(Courtesy of Tom Pusateri.)
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  The Bowditch Spitoon, Jul 1977.
For the 4th of July I set up a "mail buoy" watch.  I found some photos of an air dropped weather buoy system for a C-130.  A little creative writing and pasting and I had a page from what appeared to be an official US Navy publication.   The page started in the middle of the “Ship born mail delivery” section.  It then went on to the "Buoy, mail, air delivery" section (with accompanying photos) and finished with the beginning of the “Submarine mail delivery section”.  We had a dozen people on watch that day, waiting for the plane to swoop in, rock it's wings, shoot flares, everything!  What fun!

(Courtesy of Tom Pusateri.)
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The Bowditch Spitoon, Aug 1977.
See here for the original cover photo and commentary.
This issue reports the strange disappearance of the XO's door and also the "Great Seabat Hunt"

(Courtesy of Tom Pusateri.)
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  The Bowditch Spitoon, Oct 1977.

(Courtesy of Tom Pusateri.)
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  The Bowditch Spitoon, Nov 1977.

(Courtesy of Tom Pusateri.)
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  The Bowditch Spitoon, Dec 1977.
The cover illustrates a notional Christmas course track from St. John's Newfoundland to Pt. Canaveral, FL. The track is annotated with these comments:
OK, FORGET THE ROLL BIAS.
HOVE-TO.
“GET THOSE MILES”.
HOW MANY CROSS CHECKS DO YOU WANT, GROVER?
BRIDGE, YOU BETTER CHECK YOUR COMPASS AGAIN!
I WANT TO SEE THEM SMOOTH THIS LINE!
NOT ANOTHER T-S.
BRIDGE, THAT’S TO CANAVERAL NOT THE CANARIES!
SPD INCREASE 2000RPM.

(Courtesy of Tom Pusateri.)
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  The Bowditch Spitoon, Jan 1978.
Here's the story behind the cover photo.  The whole crew needed a shot for something, but who was going to give Doc Smith his shot?  Here was an opportunity to make some money for the Unit at someone else's expense!  We raffled Doc's shot off.  The winner got to stab Doc.  I don't remember who the winner was but in front of the crew, in the movie lounge, Doc spilled his blood for the good (and the money) of the Unit.  Doc was a good sport about it but we all made sure we had our shots first!

(Courtesy of Tom Pusateri.)
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  The Bowditch Spitoon, May 1978.

(Courtesy of Tom Pusateri.)
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The Bowditch Spitoon, 1978      
  The Bowditch Spitoon, Jul, 1978
Rota, Spain

(Courtesy of Ron Warmuth.)
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  The Bowditch Spitoon, Aug, 1978
Canaveral, FL

(Courtesy of Ron Warmuth.)
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  The Bowditch Spitoon, Nov, 1978
Bermuda

(Courtesy of Ron Warmuth.)
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  The Bowditch Spitoon, Dec, 1978
Cape Canaveral, FL

(Courtesy of Ron Warmuth.)
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Some great T-Shirts were made using the original cover art from this newspaper.

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