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RE: Save the Australia Star! (or "Cooktown, we hav... - 9/17/2009 7:10:55 AM   
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The tension is killing me.

Will she make it? Won't she? Does everyone know how to swim? What about the sharks up in the Great Barrier Reef area?

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RE: Save the Australia Star! (or "Cooktown, we hav... - 9/17/2009 8:58:27 AM   
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Did she or didn't she?  To take a line from that infamous message from Nimitz to Halsey "...the whole world wonders!"

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RE: Save the Australia Star! (or "Cooktown, we hav... - 9/17/2009 10:03:40 AM   
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Australia Star I hope you are still afloat

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RE: Save the Australia Star! (or "Cooktown, we hav... - 9/17/2009 11:16:57 AM   
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No news is good news?

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RE: Save the Australia Star! (or "Cooktown, we hav... - 9/17/2009 1:21:43 PM   
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Maybe briny_norman has sunk with it whilst trying to bail it out???

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RE: Save the Australia Star! (or "Cooktown, we hav... - 9/17/2009 1:30:38 PM   
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He can't answer right now, he needs both his hands to pump water out of the ship.

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RE: Save the Australia Star! (or "Cooktown, we hav... - 9/17/2009 1:35:28 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: xj900uk

Maybe briny_norman has sunk with it whilst trying to bail it out???

I hope the Pirannha Brothers didn't get ahold of briny_normal, lest they nail his head to a coffee table. DINSDALE!

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RE: Save the Australia Star! (or "Cooktown, we hav... - 9/17/2009 3:46:38 PM   
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Hello everybody.
This is almost too strange to be true.
But the reason I've been so slow to update you guys is that... - wait for it... - I've been pumping water out of my basement the whole evening and through the night...
Yes. I'm not kidding.
A water pipe blew and nobody noticed for a couple of hours.
That's a lot of water, I'll tell you.
A lot.
My brother took some pictures of me standing in my underpants knee-deep in water with a wrench and an umbrella (admittably, the umbrella was mostly for show...), wearing my girlsfriend's pink-and-purple coloured rain boots. I suppose I could upload it, but I'm pretty sure it breaks pretty much every forum rule there is...
.....

Anyway, I just got home from work and finally got a chance to run the last, fateful turn.
And... I'm afraid I've got some bad news for you all.
She's gone.
The old girl couldn't make it.
A submarine actually showed up in the hex, saliva dripping from his jaws, but the hyena was run off by the ASW patrol I had set to cover the escort TF.
But to no avail.
Early in the morning, having fought for her life through the whole night, she had a catastrophic floatation device failure. The situation went from grave to hopeless and orders were given to abandon ship.
Just minutes after the captain, as the last crew member, stepped off the ladder into the last lifeboat, the brave Australia Star, seeing that all her crew had made it to safety, rolled onto her side with a quiet moan, and went under.
.....

A heartbreaking moment for all involved.
She came so close, merely a handful of miles from port, but in the end she was too badly damaged to make it.
But she gave it a good go - and she held together untill the very last man onboard was safe before she surrendered to the sea.
What a girl.

A sad story indeed.
But the good news is that all the remnants of my Amphib Corps HQ was saved by Neptune and the other transports.
So our operations in the South West will continue mostly as planned.
With more and stronger escorts from now on .

Well, that was the end of this story, and of the Australia Star.
I've got some cleaning to do in the basement.



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RE: Save the Australia Star! (or "Cooktown, we hav... - 9/17/2009 3:50:20 PM   
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Well, at least you created a new dive attraction for the future.  Something for Robart Ballard to test his ROVs on and something for Clive Cussler to look for.

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RE: Save the Australia Star! (or "Cooktown, we hav... - 9/17/2009 4:06:47 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Speedy Gonzales

He can't answer right now, he needs both his hands to pump water out of the ship.


He needs more than both hands if its in that shape, he needs a bucket brigade or ten.

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RE: Save the Australia Star! (or "Cooktown, we hav... - 9/17/2009 4:08:27 PM   
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All hands, a moment of silence please
















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RE: Save the Australia Star! (or "Cooktown, we hav... - 9/17/2009 4:16:53 PM   
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Its amazing how a thread takes on a life of its own.

Nicely written story. Flags will be flown at half mast.

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RE: Save the Australia Star! (or "Cooktown, we hav... - 9/17/2009 4:37:59 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: oldman45

Its amazing how a thread takes on a life of its own.

Nicely written story. Flags will be flown at half mast.



Had it not been for this great strategy game we wouldn't have such threads. Here every ship counts, every soldier.

Great story, great game.

Mac

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RE: Save the Australia Star! (or "Cooktown, we hav... - 9/17/2009 5:09:16 PM   
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Kind of reminds me how I lost USS California... It sunk one hex from Seattle, making it so far from PH...even when flotation damage had been going down during previous turns from 88 -> 81. One hex too many, I guess...

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RE: Save the Australia Star! (or "Cooktown, we hav... - 9/17/2009 5:26:02 PM   
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The title of the next thread on the subject:
One Hex Too Far!!!!

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RE: Save the Australia Star! (or "Cooktown, we hav... - 9/17/2009 5:51:20 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: briny_norman
Hello everybody.
This is almost too strange to be true.
But the reason I've been so slow to update you guys is that... - wait for it... - I've been pumping water out of my basement the whole evening and through the night...
Yes. I'm not kidding.
A water pipe blew and nobody noticed for a couple of hours.
That's a lot of water, I'll tell you.
A lot.
My brother took some pictures of me standing in my underpants knee-deep in water with a wrench and an umbrella (admittably, the umbrella was mostly for show...), wearing my girlsfriend's pink-and-purple coloured rain boots. I suppose I could upload it, but I'm pretty sure it breaks pretty much every forum rule there is...
.....


for not posting the photo

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RE: Save the Australia Star! (or "Cooktown, we hav... - 9/17/2009 6:30:41 PM   
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I cannot imagine a girlfriend having feet as big as mine.................

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RE: Save the Australia Star! (or "Cooktown, we hav... - 9/17/2009 7:37:58 PM   
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Funny thread.

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RE: Save the Australia Star! (or "Cooktown, we hav... - 9/17/2009 7:44:14 PM   
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I've heard of progressive flooding, but this is ridiculous!

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RE: Save the Australia Star! (or "Cooktown, we hav... - 9/17/2009 8:10:05 PM   
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Entertaining read!!

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RE: Save the Australia Star! (or "Cooktown, we hav... - 9/17/2009 9:13:02 PM   
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I cannot imagine a girlfriend having feet as big as mine.................

Well of course not - your feet are humongous...!

Anyway, my girlfriend's family do have unusually big feet.
But the principle goes further than that, so I'm not complaining...

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RE: Save the Australia Star! (or "Cooktown, we hav... - 9/18/2009 5:45:35 AM   
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BTW, Briny, what is the flotation damage for your basement? Will it make it?

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RE: Save the Australia Star! (or "Cooktown, we hav... - 9/18/2009 9:01:32 AM   
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R.I.P. Australia Star

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RE: Save the Australia Star! (or "Cooktown, we hav... - 9/18/2009 10:42:14 AM   
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BTW, Briny, what is the flotation damage for your basement? Will it make it?

Thanks for asking!

Well, I make it about 55-60, and she's already in port so I'm guessing she'll be alright.
I've got some temporary dehumidifying devices set up down there, and it's working nicely.
So unless some catastrophic temporary dehumidifying devices failure occurs, everything should be fine in a couple of days...
Losses were limited to a couple of rugs, 20 kilos of dog-food and an old stereo.
We'll live.

< Message edited by briny_norman -- 9/18/2009 10:44:23 AM >


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RE: Save the Australia Star! (or "Cooktown, we hav... - 9/18/2009 10:51:51 AM   
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haha, nice thread people :-)



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RE: Save the Australia Star! (or "Cooktown, we hav... - 9/18/2009 11:01:29 AM   
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ORIGINAL: briny_norman

Losses were limited to a couple of rugs, 20 kilos of dog-food and an old stereo.
We'll live.

how much supply do 20 kilos of dog food translate into?

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RE: Save the Australia Star! (or "Cooktown, we hav... - 9/18/2009 11:42:52 AM   
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and do you know the scariest thing.....

When Briny_norman is an old man, and he's forgotten his kids names, and maybe even his own name, he'll still remember 'the sinking of the Australia Star'. THAT is what makes this game SO good.

Nice story Briny. enjoy the game.

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RE: Save the Australia Star! (or "Cooktown, we hav... - 9/18/2009 11:56:39 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: rattovolante

quote:

ORIGINAL: briny_norman

Losses were limited to a couple of rugs, 20 kilos of dog-food and an old stereo.
We'll live.

how much supply do 20 kilos of dog food translate into?

For a Japanese infantry division, that could last a whole week.

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RE: Save the Australia Star! (or "Cooktown, we hav... - 9/18/2009 12:03:41 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: briny_norman

quote:

ORIGINAL: m10bob

I cannot imagine a girlfriend having feet as big as mine.................

Well of course not - your feet are humongous...!

Anyway, my girlfriend's family do have unusually big feet.
But the principle goes further than that, so I'm not complaining...



My parants had the same sized feet as each other.
During the Korean War, dad was on leave in Japan and was going thru a "rubber shoe shop", trying to buy a pair of those shoes for my mom..He was having a difficult time explaining the size of mom's feet to the locals(who spoke no english.
They kept holding their hands out, (as if relating the size of fish), and dad had to keep making the distance larger so they might understand..

At size 12 paratroop boot, dad used to say I wore the boxes his shoes came in.

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RE: Save the Australia Star! (or "Cooktown, we hav... - 9/18/2009 1:33:41 PM   
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Losses were limited to a couple of rugs, 20 kilos of dog-food


I hope that your dog was not incovenienced or suffered any pangs of hunger over such a terrible loss...

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