Monday, 27 September 2010
LST 325 Visits Music City, and We Visit Her
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On 17 September, the World War II tank landing ship LST 325 arrived in Nashville for a week's port call. This ship, veteran of Allied amphibious landings of Sicily, Salerno and Normandy, is now owned by USS LST Memorial, Inc., and manned mostly by U.S. Navy veterans, some of whom sailed her on her own bottom from Crete in 2000 after purchasing her from the Greek Navy. An impressive 328' long, the "Gray Lady" as she was named by her crew made nine landings in two Italian operations, and 44 at Normandy, ferrying trucks, artillery, tanks and supplies to the fight. Mac McBurney and Tom Hudson were among the many visitors to this fascinating ship during her visit here. 
 
On 27 September, LST 325 called at Clarksville on her way back to her homeport of Evansville, Indiana.
  
Tom Hudson aboard
LST 325 in Nashville
photos by Mac McBurney (not availible)
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Posted on 09/27/2010 3:23 PM by Tom Hudson
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Saturday, 11 September 2010
Music City Leaves Competition in its Wake!
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Once again the Music City Power Squadron cardboard boat team showed its transom to all other boats in the Fourth Annual Clarksville Riverfest Regatta, held Saturday 11 September 2010. Competing in the Civic Organizations class, winning the first place trophy was a foregone conclusion. Our vessel Go Green, which also won the Atlanta Challenge trophy back in June, needed only a few small patches and another coat of paint on its bottom to compete again. Not only was its proven design a winner, but the teamwork of Ray Alley paddling bow stroke and Tom Hudson on the stern sweep showed that experience pays off, this being their fifth competition as partners. Go Green logged the fastest overall time of the day, at 49 seconds, USS Actus having won the Adult Open class with a 52 second time.
 
Despite a forecast of possible thundershowers for the morning, a high pressure area to the west kept the nasty electricity well to the east, and gave us a beautiful day for yacht racing. This year the event, put on by Clarksville Parks and Recreation, featured a record thirty boats entered. As far as fans were concerned, the highlight was the final race between various city and county departments, producing the winners of several non-racing awards as well. The Clarksville Police won the traveling trophy again this year, but were overshadowed by Clarksville Department of Electricity, who built the cardboard bucket truck Lightspeed to win the Cardboard Queen Award, and the Sheriff's Department, whose team attempted a jailbreak in a cardboard log and won the Titanic Award for most spectacular sinking instead.
 
Thanks to our pit crew and supporters for their support: Liz Alley, Brian Schneider, and Candyce and David Corcoran; these photos are courtesy of Candyce Corcoran.
 
Sorry, photos not available
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Posted on 09/11/2010 4:04 PM by Tom Hudson
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