|What's new in the TAGS Ship Web Site|
|April 17, 2021||
Two more names added to the
Crew Roster. Thanks to Bill Truslow for the updates.
|March 15, 2021||
More photos added to the
Victory Ship photo gallery.
|March 9, 2021||
The punched paper tape that was used to boot the
Bowditch SASS array sonar's CP-677 computer now scrolls across
this website's index (landing) page. It resided in Christine
Headley's desk drawer for 42 years until recently.
|February 17, 2021||
Victory Ship photo gallery with images of 70+ VC2 class
|February 14, 2021||
Dutton and Michelson ship's movements pages updated.
|February 13, 2021||
A new posting in the blog
En Visita de Cortesia
tells about the Sea Cowboys. The
SS South Bend Victory (later USNS Bowditch) and other
vessels transported cattle, horses, chickens, goats and rabbits
from the US to European countries in the days after WW II.
|February 11, 2021||
Bowditch Newspaper Articles is a item from La Guardia
Espanola of December 31, 1967, reporting on a Barcelona
port visit by USNS Bowditch. The inaccurate and somewhat amusing
story claims that the crew wore "helmets demagnetized to avoid
disturbances in the trajectories of the Polaris missiles".
Perhaps this was an early tin foil hat conspiracy!
Thanks to Antoni Casinos for sending this along to us.
|February 9, 2021||
Images of the AN/UYK-1 computer logand cards added to
systems & equipment page. Thanks to Phil Brooks for sending
|January 31, 2021||
photo gallery for 27 Bowditch photos contributed by David
Crestin along with four issues of the Bowditch Surveyor from 1965 added to
ship's newspapers page.
|January 26, 2021||
Phil Brooks sailed aboard both Michelson and Dutton. A photo of
his custom made TAGS ship hats can be seen on his
|January 18, 2021||Three photos added to the Dutton ship's portraits pages.|
|January 3, 2021||
Two photos added to the Bowditch and Dutton ship's portraits
|January 1, 2021||
naval ship covers page, fixing the goofed up image
magification. Added five more covers (envelopes) postmarked
aboard TAGS ships. Added note about Michelson covers being
postmarked at a landlocked Pennsylvania Navy supply center.
|December 19, 2020||
Added to Flotsam & Jetsam, some screen grabs from the 1958 movie
The Decks Ran Red, filmed aboard an operating Liberty
|December 15, 2020||
naval ship covers added. These are interesting postal souvenirs documenting
ships' movements worldwide.
|December 11, 2020||
More updates to the
crew roster and more
|November 29, 2020||
More pictures added to Bill Truslow's
photo gallery and
|November 15, 2020||
Bowditch and a new item to Ron Walker's
|November 8, 2020||
Bowditch, Dutton and H. H. Hess ship's movement pages updated. Thanks to
|October 26, 2020||
Crew roster updated.
|October 24, 2020||An excellent photo of Captain Bondeson in dress uniform aboard Michelson and some news clippings in a new photo gallery. Thanks to Constance Niclas.|
|October 19, 2020||New items added to Bill Truslow's memorabilia page and Bill and Ron Walker's photo gallery pages.|
|October 7, 2020||Reworked and expanded the Systems and Equipment section.|
|October 2, 2020||Fixed broken links in List of Contributors.|
|September 29, 2020||Added a newly discovered photo of SS Tuskegee Victory at Antwerp and two 1964 photos of Michelson at Port Canaveral in Ship's Portraits.|
|September 20, 2020||Crew roster updated. There are now more than 1500 shipmates listed.|
|September 7, 2020||Bowditch, Dutton, Michelson and H. H. Hess ship portrait pages reformatted.|
|September 6, 2020||Flotsam & Jetsam, a new section of miscellaneous maritime material added. Includes an intriguing piece called Who Really Discovered the Titanic by Dr. Paul Lee.|
|August 30, 2020||Bowditch, Dutton, Michelson and H. H. Hess ship's movement pages reformatted and updated.|
|August 28, 2020||NAVOCEANO Bulletins added to reformatted Newpaper Articles pages.|
|August 24, 2020||H. H. Hess ship's newspaper page added. BoWatch from October 1981, February 1982 and July 1982 furnished by Bill Truslow.|
|August 14, 2020||Bowditch Spitoon from February 1982, March, April, May and August 1983 and December 1984 were added to the ship's newspapers. Thanks to Bill Truslow for sending them.|
|August 12, 2020||Crew roster updated. There are now more than 1400 shipmates listed.|
|August 8, 2020||A new article about the Victory Ship Electrical System.|
|July 29, 2020||Some nice comments in the guest log about Captain Bondeson, master of USNS Michelson and and USNS Bowditch during the 1960s from persons who knew him. A biographical article about the captain can be found here.|
|July 26, 2020||
A new article about the
Victory Ship steering system.
|July 24, 2020||
Crew roster updated.
|July 23, 2020||
Links to information on the Bendix G-15 computer added
Equipment and Systems page. Thanks to Phil Brooks for the
|July 16, 2020||
Added an extended version of
Michelson at Sea video by Phil
|July 9, 2020||
A new article about
Victory Ship propulsion.
|July 5, 2020||
Memorabilia page for
USNS H. H. Hess added as well as
new photos in the ship portrait page.
|July 2, 2020||
The communications equipment installed in NIC c. early
|May 30, 2020||
A page of
Naval Ship Covers added. Not a sailor's white hat, a naval
cover is an envelope or post card postmarked and mailed aboard
ship. These sometime have a cachet, a printed or rubber
|May 28, 2020||Bowditch cruise books from October 1972 and June 1976 were added. Thanks to Bob Lord for sending them.|