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USS Essex CVA9 at Halifax , N.S. 1960
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No: 994   Contributor: Ken Watson   Year: 1960   Manufacturer: Unknown   Country: Canada
USS Essex CVA9 at Halifax , N.S. 1960

USS Essex secured at Pier 21, Halifax,Nova Scotia summer 1960.Aircraft on after flight deck are Grumman S2F Tracker anti-submarine aircraft.
Picture added on 12 February 2007
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I was an air controllman aboard at this time. It was no longer the CVA-9 but had been refurbished as CVS-9, anti-submarine carrier.

Added by John R Ingram on 21 September 2007.
Hello John: Thanks for that, absoutely correct. Met quite a few lads who served in Essex. I still have one of the ships uniform shoulder name badges. Best wishes, Ken.

Added by Ken Watson on 21 September 2007.
Does anyone remember that when the USS Essex left port in 1960 from Halifax, it took part of a brick wall with it on its starboard catwalk? I believe the open wall showed hospital beds inside with patients. I would like to know more about that incident. I observed it as an air controllman from Primary Fly on board the carrier.

Added by John R Ingram on 23 September 2007.
Yes John: That was part of the Pier 21 Immigration Building, I do remember it as it was an artical in Halifax papers with photos. Regards, Ken W.

Added by Ken Watson on 23 September 2007.
Uss essex, completed 31st July 1942, scrapped on 15th June 1975.

Added by Peter Langsdale on 22 February 2008.
does anyone remember the storm we ran into alter leaving Hamburg.
or have any info on the german press aboard before we went up the Elbe
i was an angel pilot from HU-2 on that cruise andm took their photg up for the fly by. and something very interesting happened.

I was in the wardroom when the ship turned during the storm after :)

Added by J. E. Stanley on 26 July 2008.
Well, there are many memories from the Essex: I was onboard Jul 1960-Sep 1961.
We made two stops at Halifax... the one mentioned was the first(1960) and then the "midshipmen" cruise Jan 1961. Your photo will go into my album and answers a lot of questions for me. I was an aircrewmen in VS34.
I do remember we hit the building and took a huge chunk of bricks leaving a hole we could look into.
The next month we sailed for the Med. That trip I have photos and many memories.

Added by Fred Printiss AW2 on 10 February 2009.
I was in VS-27 on this cruise and remember the storm very well. My office was right below the flight deck and I went up there to check on it during the storm. I found everything ripped from the deck, with desks sliding back and forth as the ship rocked. There was a lot of damage to the ship and a lot of scared sailors on board.

Added by William on 19 December 2009.
Yes I remember when we hit the building, I also remember the park and the band that played in the gazebo every night. Was kind of like a movie seen.

Added by Hale on 15 March 2010.
In 1959 or 1960 maybe 1961 the ESSEX hit something in the middle of the night. It twisted one of the shafts, and broke a blade off a prop. Anybody ever know what we hit ? I think we were in the yard in New York soon after, and thats when the conversion to a CVS.

Added by HALE on 17 March 2010.
Yes, this happened when we were returning from a Med Cruise, coming across the Atlantic with all the stops pulled out. I am not sure we hit anything, but a screw broke. We continued on under reduced power. John Ingram,air controlman, on board 1959 to Feb, 1961.

Added by John Ingram on 17 March 2010.
I remember standing watch on the flight deck during that storm and when it got light seeing the catwalks ripped from the sides of the ship

Added by Walter Thompson. AO3. G Division on 27 February 2015.
I remember being on the mess deck during a pair of 36 degree rolls. Footprints on the bulkheads and all of the good stuff. Also seeing the tie downs on the flight deck with on a gob of metal on the ends.

Added by Milton Griffith FT2 Fox divison '58-61' on 24 July 2015.
Hi Mr. ingram. My brother served as a rm during this incident, he tells the tale many times. I served as a qm on uss Randolph, and bust on him no ship I ever served in took out a hospital wall.visited Halifax a few years ago , I met a fellow over a few bears that recalled the day, he was a patient fair winds and following seas.

Added by A, Buenaflor on 16 December 2016.
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