Well, I am on track to have the book through its fourth/fifth/sixth draft (depends what section you’re reading) by the end of the week. Some information I’ve received lately helped me to flesh out some more people and add some touches here and there. Then it’s off to my editors, a final re-write, and off to the publishers! Yay!
Now if only those chapters could edit themselves, because I HATE editing. Oh well.
The museum where the exhibit will go has finished doing all the crazy stuff that generally comes up this time of year in preparation for the tourist season. While we are open all year, our busy season is, of course, Memorial Day to Labor Day. The Sunday of Memorial Day weekend will be the Lost Boat Ceremony, where we remember all 52 boats lost during WWII with a ring of a sub bell and a flower in the water. Silversides looks so beautiful with all those carnations floating around her. Then of course, she fires her engines at the close of the ceremony, and you can’t see anything but the black smoke!
But since that stuff has been moved out of the way, we’re back to working full-time on the Flier exhibit, and hopefully, I’ll have some updates here in the next couple of weeks.
Dive Detectives has now aired the USS Flier episode in Canada and the UK, but there are no officially announced plans to air it in the United States as of yet. I’m not sure why there’s a delay in the States, but I hope that not only the Flier episode but all six are shown. Two of those episodes cover Great Lakes shipwrecks: the iconic Edmund Fitzgerald, and two 1812 shipwrecks.
One of the fascinating things about ships that sink in the Great Lakes is the freshwater preserves many of those ships in nearly perfect conditions (minus a few tons of zebra mussles). Unlike the ocean, where ships, especially wooden ships, will eventually wear away (or are eaten away) to nothing, Great Lakes wrecks remain standing, sometimes their ropes and riggings still intact. What Dive Detectives found out about the Fitzgerald was apparently enough to cause Gordon Lightfoot to change one of the lyric lines of his legendary “Ballad of the Edmund Fitzgerald“.
So where was Flier, Robalo and Redfin 66 years ago today? Flier is starting her trials off the coast of California, to catch and major, or even minor, problems while she’s still within easy reach of one of the biggest and best repair yards in the country. She’s diving deep, surfacing quickly, doing everything she can to shake any potential problems loose, because the last thing you want to find out during a depth charge attack is that you should have tested her a little harder when you had the chance.
Redfin is closing out her second patrol. She patrolled around the south-eastern portion of the Philippines and has had a lot of successes. She took out four frieghters, and one destroyer, survived a depth charge attack and radioed Fremantle that she was coming home. Her patrol isn’t quite finished yet, as she’ll soon learn, and what’s about to happen would have a big impact on the Flier survivors.
Robalo is crossing into enemy territory near Timor Island. She’s about to earn a few stripes.