L. Baldwin SFM3
Served aboard the USS
During the summer break from high
school in 1963
several of us did the Lakes. A few weeks after getting back 3 of
us did a cruise on the USS Pearle (forgive me if it's misspelled.
If I remember correctly her slogan was "Knowledge For Sea power".
We sailed her from Providence to Quebec, hitting the storm of storms on
the way back. The last image I have of her was leaving to go home
and to my senior year of high school. She had so much rigging
on the main and 01 you'd be hard pressed to know there was a ship under
After graduation in June, 1964 I
went active and
met the Missy in her home port, Naples. She was home for nearly 2
years, with the exception of my last few months aboard the USS
The reason I found your sight was I was talking with an ex sailor about
the Missy and wondered if she was still with us. I had heard she
was lengthened several years ago from the 656' I remember her at.
She was a grand ol' gal.
Do you have any information on the USS
Atka? She was an icebreaker in Boston when Missy was in
dock for the winter of '64 to '65. She was called out on a
hung too tight to port after clearing the breakwater and got hung on
rocks waiting for high tide. This all happened just as she was
battle flank across the harbor, complete with bells and whistles to say
"Look at us, the hero's".
While she was waiting for high tide
the North Star
humbly and quietly steamed out and past her to do the rescue. A
months later we were in Newport taking on provisions, getting ready to
stop at Charleston to take on munitions and head for Gitmo for our
While in Newport we were in a pub called the Venetian Room for the
of choice when in came sailors from the Atka. They ordered their
drinks, and then one of the boys from the Missy called over the bar
When asked what he'd like he replied "I'll have an Atka, on the
I understand from a civilian friend in Newport the Venetian Room was
for the next three months for "remodeling". How is it we remember
the good times best?
Note on Atka:
Southwind was transferred to the
Soviets on 23
March 1945. Our Soviet allies renamed her Kapitan Belusov.
She served in the Soviet Navy until 1950 when she was returned to the
Navy. The Navy renamed her Atka, and she once again
hands in 1966 when the Navy transferred all remaining Navy icebreakers
to the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard renamed her Southwind on 18
1967. She remained in service until 1976, when she was