is no denying that one of the worst feelings in life is seasickness,
especially when you are out to sea for weeks or even months at a
time. I don't think much could be done to help back in the 60's. I
guess “sea sick” pills might have been available. Of course
having “old salts” telling you about the greasy pork chops that
are being served for dinner, didn't help that much. You got to love
this form of male bonding.
guys get their “sea legs” in a very short time. Unfortunately
there are those that never get over it. We had one guy that we
called “buckets”. Even before the ship was completely untied, he
had his bucket near him. Once I got used to constant pitching and
rolling of the ship, it really was an exciting experience. Unlike you
experience, which was basically being a passenger on a troop ship, I
was a crew member on warship with a mission. We rarely sailed
alone. We were usually part of a carrier battle group. Regardless
of the seasickness, I had to still go through my daily routine of
“life at sea”, living, sleeping, eating, working etc. While it
meant long hours awake, there was enough daily activity going on to
make it exciting. I was in Operations, so, with my secret clearance,
I more or less knew what and when things were going to happen. When
we refueled, my station was on the bridge with sound powered phones,
communicating with another sailor on the bridge of the either the
carrier or oiler that was refueling us. I had a birds eye view of
the entire operation. Many times when off duty, I would go back to
the fantail and watch flight ops off the carrier.
had to learn basic things like eating and sleeping with the constant
motion of the ship. Sleeping was the easiest, as the motion would
rock you to sleep. Of course you had to learn how to brace yourself,
so that in larger rolls you didn't roll out of your rack.
things considered, I was happy with my decision to join the Navy. I
didn't like the idea of possibly having to live in a foxhole and eat
out of my helmet. I liked the prospect of getting 3 hots and a cot.
My rack was the middle one on the extreme left. This was located under the fantail (rear of the ship) right by the rear hatch. This is how the basic racks looked. We did have mattresses and sheets.