July 29, 2006

Turtle Eggs and Cannons

"Abbey Road, Mexico." (l to r) Sean Quigley, John Donovan, Ward Brewer, and John Nowakowski, half of "Brewer's Bandits" on the DD-574/E-01 in Lazaro Cardenas. Mk4 20mm cannon in the foreground. Photo filched from Rob Harshbarger.

John Donovan of Argghhh! and the rest of Ward Brewer's crew are getting a lot of work done on the John Rodgers/CĂșitlahuac as they continue to prep the destroyer to take the long trip from Mexico's west coast to Mobile Bay. The Mexican Navy is taking great care of them... perhaps too good of care of them. I'm jealous.

Read the latest posts at Argghhh! here and here to find out why.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at July 29, 2006 12:08 PM | TrackBack

The gent on the left is Sean Quigley - a walking encyclopedia of Fletcher info and a strong back to boot!

Posted by: John of Argghhh! at July 29, 2006 03:00 PM

And we curses you Harshbarger! We hateses our profile!

Posted by: John of Argghhh! at July 29, 2006 03:01 PM

Thanks John. Updated the caption.

Sorry I can't help with the profile. ;-)

Posted by: Confederate Yankee at July 29, 2006 06:08 PM

CY, this is definitely a cool project, but how do people afford to restore these old ships? Just wondering...

Posted by: Johnny at July 29, 2006 07:00 PM

Shouldn't that be "Brewer's Banditos".

Kinda like they're kinda the Frito Banditos, only with bigger guns and better attitudes (at times).

Posted by: phin at July 29, 2006 07:46 PM

Phin - actually deliberately chose to go with Bandits and not Banditos as I didn't want to take a chance on offending our hosts, who have been wonderful to us.

Johnny - it *does* take millions. I wandered around the forward boiler room on the Rodgers while Ward and John tossed around 7 figures - just to refurbish the boilers, nothing else.

BT Corporation has corporate sponsors lined up, willing to give cash and in-kind donations/offered at cost materials and labor to help with this work.

Ward and the staff at BT Corporation are some amazing people.

Posted by: John of Argghhh! at July 29, 2006 08:14 PM

I would bet if there was a pay-pal account linked to a non-profit org (a real one as opposed to some of the others that have cropped up over the past few weeks/years), that people would donate. I would.

Johnny - nice to see there are some things we can agree on.

Posted by: Specter at July 30, 2006 12:22 PM