stormy-crossing
Source: Bill Kesnick

Patrol Craft were seaworthy but very “bouncy”. They were designed to get fresh water from onboard distillation plants but these plants were unreliable on an unstable platform. Between the water shortage and the severe storm, the ship and its escorts broke off the main convoy and sheltered in the Azores.

The ship was skippered at this time by the able Lt. Frank Pierce, who captained the ship across the Atlantic and ultimately, to D-Day and beyond.

Lt. Pierce was a graduate of the Philips Academy in Andover, MA, the same school President George Bush, Sr. graduated from. Both went on to serve in World War II, Bush serving in the Pacific as the youngest fighter pilot in the history of the U.S. Navy. Lt. Pierce had a son and grandson of the same name (among others).

The ship had one false alarm during the journey and was called to General Quarters. This week we leave the ship and its crew in the Azores sheltering from a severe winter storm.

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