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Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Bill Steig
Bill Steig
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 4:00 AM
We were in Okinawa when the typhoon hit. A large convoy of LSTs left Okinawa to ride out the storm. I remember a long rainy night during the storm. It seems like some 50 or so ships were all in formation side by side with one ahead and one behind us.
The wind was so strong that the ship had to be headed straight into it or if it caught the side of the ship it would turn it broadside to the wind. That put the ship wallowing in the trough of the wave. The ship then did not have enough power to turn back into the wave so it just drifted out of control. Once this happened you would hear on the radio from the ship that it was drifting through the convoy formation and couldn’t control where it was going. The ships in the way would have to steer to miss it. But if they turned too sharply they would get caught by the wind and would get into the same fix. We saw one ship coming down through the convoy but it missed us without us having to get out of its way.
The helmsman was on a deck just below where the captain would stand on an open deck. He would call down an air tube to tell the helmsman how to steer. The helmsman was given a compass course to follow so he would try to keep the ship going in a straight line until he got orders to change to a new course.
Where the captain was standing you were exposed to the rain. He would have one or two of other officers up there with him as lookouts.
I remember that the rain blowing in your face felt like BBs shooting you. We would duck down behind solid railing around this area and just peek over the top. Normally we would run at night without running lights showing. Now no one worried about Japanese subs that night so we all had running lights on to keep track of any ship coming our way.
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