Gary May - Sydney Australia
There was an incident while we were in Sydney Australia (May 1957). Early one morning (about 2AM) General Quarters was sounded with the dreaded "this is not a drill" added. Needless to say all but the duty sections were in a sorry state to respond. It was quite entertaining but scary to those of us who were sober. Within in five minutes "secure from GQ" was sounded. No explanation was given.
The story that went around the next day was that some locals dressed up as pirates tied up to the Captains Gig and tried to sneak aboard. The Marine guard was not amused. He confronted them weapon in hand and sounded GQ.
Would any of the crew of 1956/57 have any recollection of that incident?
The Marines in particular should be able to shed some light on this.
Could you circulate this E-mail to them?
Gary May VF-41
Crazy college kids! Now I know more of the story. They obviously did not understand the gravity of the situation. The newspaper glossed over it because they did not just walk into the ship and set off an alarm.If you wish you could use my comments and ref/link the Sydney Herald story to my comments.