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USS Estes History in Photos - 1953

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Submitted by Robert Datwyler

RADM Carl F. Espie Inspection

RADM Carl F. Espie Inspection

Submitted by Robert Datwyler

Admiral's Barge

Admiral's Barge


In 1953, USS Estes participated with 11 other ships in a re-supply operation to Pt. Barrow, Alaska.

As of this writing, details are sketchy. Ships from the entire West Coast formed Task Force 9 at Seattle.

From the Official History of USS Estes

A publication was printed by USS Estes, "1953 Baked Alaska." The cover for the version we have came from Mike Christensen, of the USS Skagit (AKA-105) and the transcription of the very faded mimeographed text by Tom Klaus & Don Ravey, of the USS Electra (AKA-4), two of the Cargo Ships taking part in the Task Force.

Photos Taken During Operation BlueNose
Submitted by Carol Gentes for George Brown

The following photos are dated August 3, 1953 at Point Barrow, Alaska

USS Estes 1953
USS Estes 1953

USS Estes 1953
USS Estes 1953

USS Estes 1953
USS Estes 1953

USS Estes Galley 1953
USS Estes Galley 1953
George Brown on left

USS LST 1146 1953
USS LST 1146 1953

USS Estes 1953
USS Estes 1953

Coast Guard Ice Breaker 1953
Coast Guard Ice Breaker 1953

Alaskan Natives Watched from Shore 1953
Alaskan Natives Watched from Shore 1953

USS Skagit 1953
USS Skagit 1953

 

Submitted by Tom Shannon

Midnight on the Estes
Midnight on the Estes


Submitted by Carol Gentes for George Brown

In 1953, USS Estes participated in a readiness exercise that was written in the October, 1953 issue of Navy News

Navy News Oct 53

Navy News Oct 53

Navy News Oct 53

Navy News Oct 53

Navy News Oct 53

Navy News Oct 53

Navy News Oct 53

Navy News Oct 53

Navy News Oct 53

Navy News Oct 53

Navy News Oct 53


Submitted by Richard Feidt for Arnold Feidt

1953 Task Force Nine Cruise to Pt. Barrow, Alaska

Baked Alaska 1953 Pg 1

Baked Alaska 1953 Pg 2

Baked Alaska 1953 Pg 10

Baked Alaska 1953 Pg 3

Baked Alaska 1953 Pg 11

Baked Alaska 1953 Pg 4

Baked Alaska 1953 Pg 5

Baked Alaska 1953 Pg 6

Baked Alaska 1953 Pg 7

Baked Alaska 1953 Pg 8

Baked Alaska 1953 Pg 9

Baked Alaska 1953 Pg 12

1953 Photos of USS Estes

Estes 1953

Estes 1953

Estes 1953

Estes 1953


Submitted by Darryl Neuhoff for James Neuhoff

He remembers the bomb tests; he talked about being on deck, told to close his eyes, and cover his eyes with his forearm. They were told not to look no matter what they heard or felt. When the bomb detonated, he claims it was so bright he could see his arm bones, saw the shadow they created through his arm and closed eyes. He also heard someone scream in agony. Apparently someone looked, and they were taken below. Pops says they never saw that person on the ship again, not sure what happened to him. He also talked that because the admiral was on board, he elected to move the ship an additional 5 miles further away than originally designated but that could have just been the scuttlebutt amongst the crew.

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USS Estes AGC-12

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Brodas, Neuhoff, Cummingham, & Smith

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Grippot, Hambrick, Thompson

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James Neuhoff
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Stuck in the Ice
1953

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Lookout in Crow's Nest
1953

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James Neuhoff in Alaska
1953

 

Send any photos of the Estes, or life and times while aboard.

We prefer digital images, but can accept original photographs or documents. Originals will be returned unless you indicate otherwise. We will make our best efforts in returning things safely, since we use public carriers to return items, i.e. US Postal Service, we cannot guarantee safe returns. We would feel more comfortable if you had items scanned into digital images.

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