The postings sort of come in intervals.I suppose one of us has an idea and it "takes hold" to generate several stories. So let's once again commence telling our sea stories.
Now...once upon a time when we were in convoy across the Atlantic we got into a REALLY bad storm. The waves were VERY tall and our steering engine broke down causing us to swing broadside to the waves, which put us in a dangerous position. Repairs were made wihin several minutes and we were on course again. Here we were sailing BEHIND the other ships in the convoy when the steering engine broke down again!
Once more we swung broadside to those huge waves and all of us thought we were gonna "turn turtle"! However, the merchant marines got it back on track and off we went sailing merrily along.
No...that's not the end, our steering broke down one more time. Steering was then done from the emergency wheel on the stern. This is, of course, very difficult, but those merchant marines did a fine job and the steering engine was again repaired and we were finally back sailing on course.
By that time we were FAR behind the convoy and it took several hours to catch up and get in position again.
I believe that the harrowing experience of nearly capsizing scared me, and the others on board, more than almost anything else during the war. It is a "gut-wrenching" feeling to REALLY BELIEVE you are going to turn over in a ship in such raging, wild waters!!
Anyone else want to share storm stories? I'm sure some of you have a story even more scary than mine.