Old as Dirt!
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Tampa Bay Area
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One of our neighbors is a retired Sub driver and part time sailor that once described having come to parascope depth on one occasion during a cruise to transmit and receive message traffic. He said they raised the scope for a look around before raising their antenna mast and lo' and behold discovered a yacht flying the French tri-color yacht within 100 yards--with two crew on deck including a not unattractive young woman wearing only a bikini bottom. Evidently the Sub had a TV camera system connected to scope which they switched on for the conning tower monitor. The sailors evidently observed and waved to the parascope and the woman reportedly "mooned" them!
I have only seen one sub in the water from our boat in real life, in the early '70's when we lived in San Francisco and happened to be crossing from Sausalito to the City Front. The Ship was coming under the GG Bridge and we were buzzed by a Navy Helicopter and shortly later a CG Boat that told us to "hit the road" (as if the little 6hp Evenrude on our boat of the time would let us go faster than we were already sailing).
"It is not so much for its beauty that the sea makes a claim upon men's hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from the waves, that so wonderfully renews a weary spirit."
Last edited by svHyLyte; 12-24-2011 at 12:01 PM.