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The Battleship U.S.S. New Jersey, BB-62
NAVIGATION DIVISION (Part II)

Upon my arrival on the U.S.S. New Jersey I was placed in the 1st Division deck force. This was disconcerting as I was concerned if there really was a billet open for my as a Bugler aboard this great vessel. I was assured that there was. But it came with an awkward laugh from the boatswainsmate. I soon found out why. The work was arduous and very dirty. I was not prepared for THIS.

Within a week I was transfered out of the deck force into Navigation Division. This was more like it. I quickly grew a great appreciation for the hard labor of our crew mates on the deck force. They have good reason to be proud of this mighty ship. It's their sweat and labor that kept her not only functional but beautiful as well. Another note: it's the deck force who serve as ammunition handlers in the gun turrets at time of battle. It's their GQ location and without them we would have no firepower. In reality it takes every soul aboard this mighty and complex ship to make it function and operate as intended.

James Flood, now a famous nautical artist, painted in his spare time. A 2nd class Quartermaster, James was a core member of our Navigation team on the New Jersey. Few people knew of Jims' love of great ocean vessels and his skill for painting them. I was lucky to get this picture of him on the starboard side of the bridge while at sea. I was also privy to some of his other works.

You'd be doing yourself a favor to visit his web site. Just click his name in blue above.

As you can see, the pictures are of the New Jersey. I believe the one on the lower left is the HMS Repulse still in the works.


Light hearted play is always good for the soul. These two friends entertain with helmet liners. The big liner is for sound powered phones while the other is your standard WWII style GI helmet.

It's a good feeling when you know everything is ship shape. That's the sign of a well organized and well utilized crew who follow through with what has to be done withhout making a career out of it. If the Navy was unionized that would never happen.


Beware of smiling faces looking over your shoulder. Ens. Bates over on
the left with Boyer and Al in the background posing.

Chief Tucker and Cmdr. Sabin "shooting stars" using a sextant. This ancient instrument is still the most accurate method of obtaining our position. With this instrument you still need a set of tables and other data plus a nautical chart.

Since I'm nearly always on the bridge it would often be my duty to do the timing and take down readings for the Chief or the Navigator.


Sextants are relatively easy instruments to use, but like any instrument, it's accuracy in all in the skill of the user.

For the life of me I don't know how I came upon possesing this 8"x10" contact sheet. I'm sure the ship's photographer gave it to me. Just the same I'm very happy to have it.

I like this series because of great shot of Chief Tucker "shooting" the sun with a sextant, James Flood, the huge guns in the background and myself (top left). Chief Tucker was a natural teacher. I learned a lot about navigation from him. I believe the Chief served on the New Jersey during the Korean War as a young Quatermaster.

The Chief used to call me "Hot Rod" 'cause I'd move around so quickly. Chief Tucker told me many stories from that time including one about an "errant" bugler who decided to paint the officer's head (the officers bathroom behind the bridge, that is traditionaly the Bugler's cleaning station) a patiotic red, white and blue. Boy did the Bugler get into trouble. So since the walls of our officers head were white I made sure there wasn't a hint of red or blue anywhere to be seen lest the Chief finds out and I'm in trouble.

The officer's head was also my practice room. So when I was needed for something or curiosity as to where I was they'd always say "Trottier's practicing in the head". 'Never sounded right.



Working on positioning or dead reckoning in the Chart House on the Bridge. You have local time and GMT (Zulu) time. We also had two LORAN receivers for long distance navigation as well as radar for triangulating off- shore navigation points.


A messanger and QM2 James Flood
in the Forward Quarter
Deck shack.

To the right is our yeoman. He's the Navigation Department's secretary. I assure you he dosen't sit on any body's lap! You'll notice he's using an IBM Selectric typewriter, the military standard during the late 60's. The current controversy over the Bush documents were supposedly produced on such a machine. However, as an experienced graphic designer I immediately saw the flaws in the PDF copies I had of the documents. I first noted the superscript, then the lack of mechanical letter/word spacing that could only be done on proportional generating computer program.

The only computer we had aboard ship (nick named "Lurch") was a monster about the size of a refrigerator but half the height. It was kept in a compatment with its own airconditioning to keep the thing cool. All it spewed out were as set of numbers we had to interpolate on a navigational chart for position.

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