Congratulations, Ryck Lydecker, on capturing the excitement of the
Pacific Northwest’s Columbia River bar in “The Ultimate Bar Exam”
(Dec. 2014). I used to cross the bar regularly on USCGC Whitebush
(not a good “bar boat”). At 133 feet, we drew just five and a half feet
with a mostly flat bottom. It was like riding a cork in a toilet – but
fun! Surf boats were just coming into their own at that time, and the
surf school at Cape D was the goal of every coxswain.
THIS MAN WAS THERE
After reading the article by Troy Gilbert about the wreck of U-166
being discovered (Nautilus Explores Gulf Of Mexico Depths, Dec.
2014), I wanted to offer more firsthand details. The S.S. Robert E.
Lee was a passenger ship, not a freighter. We were escorted by a
Navy patrol boat, which was on the same side as the submarine.
The torpedo was set too deep and sunfished before it settled down
to run. Rumor had it those in charge were gossiping on the bridge,
and it could easily have been avoided. She went down in a little over
three minutes. I swam around for a few hours, then climbed on a
small raft, and was later picked up by the pilot boat from South Pass,
Mississippi. The memory becomes hazy; however, I believe there
were some 300 passengers and crew aboard, and 90 souls lost.
Capt. Ivor H. Elliker, BMN
New Bern, NC
DO NOT STAND ON HEAD!
In your December 2014 letters, a reader recommended turning a fire
extinguisher upside down three or four times. In my Power Squadron
Vessel Safety Examiner class this spring, we were told this is no longer
a recommended practice as it may clog the nozzle.
Editors’ Note: Several readers wrote to let us know that thanks to
anti-caking ingredients in newer fire extinguishers, it’s no longer necessary
to invert a dry chemical extinguisher on a regular basis.
CONSIDERATION FOR THE LITTLE GUY
I’ve been a tournament bass fisherman for more than 30 years on
Lake Okeechobee and have had many close calls getting swamped by
large boats in Rim Ditch between Clewiston and Moorhaven. These
big cruisers get up to speed and don’t want to slow down for a bass
boat fishing the rim canal. I’ve had four-foot waves thrown over my
A BAR LIKE NO OTHER
SEND PHOTOS! We’d love to see photos of you, your
family, and friends enjoying great times on the water.
Email the high-resolution version to us with your name
and address to Letters ToEditor@BoatUS.com and tell
us who or what’s in the photo.
“Here’s a shot of
my wife, Stacey,
and myself enjoying Steamboat
Cove, Lake Havasu,
Arizona, on our 2014
designed by us,”
writes Roy Ellis.
Says It All
“This is Maddi
Griffith, age 11,
sailing my Island
Lake Erie,” writes