Topside Watch
by  Charlie Atwell
27 Sept 2009
I can't remember if this happened on the Darter or the Thornback but it happened to me so I'm telling it. The boat
was tied up outboard of two other subs beside the tender in Charleston. The boat inboard of Darter was charging
batteries and spraying our deck good. I was standing a topside watch in my whites with a 45 cal pistol strapped to my
hip. The tender starts playing colors. I announced colors over the ship sound system in order to receive some
assistance and started running forward to take down the Union Jack. I slipped on the slick deck and over the side of
the boat I went. The next onboard announcement was "man overboard". I stood the rest of the watch in blue denim.
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