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paul.i.w
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posted 08-31-2006 05:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for paul.i.w   Click Here to Email paul.i.w     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi

I wondered if anyone knew of anything written – on the web, in books or magazines – about the tracking ships ‘Rose Knot Victor’ and ‘Coastal Sentry Quebec’? They are mentioned in Chris Kraft and Gene Kranz’s books. Out of curiosity I was wondering about their history, equipment, life on board, fate etc?

Thanks for any pointers or info

Paul, UK

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posted 08-31-2006 06:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Naraht   Click Here to Email Naraht     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There's some discussion about life onboard both ships in the JSC oral histories, from the interviews with the mission controllers who got shipped out there.

Take a look at Ed Fendell's oral history: http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/history/oral_histories/FendellEI/FendellEI_10-19-00.pdf

And Bob Heselmeyer's oral history, starting on page eight: http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/history/oral_histories/HeselmeyerRH/HeselmeyerRH_11-12-04.pdf

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posted 09-01-2006 02:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Paul,

there's the following book but I haven't had a chance to read it (maybe in the Publication/Multimedia section someone can tell you what it is worth):

Splashdown: NASA and the Navy (Hardcover)
by Don Blair "The seeds for this book were sown back in 1966 when I first stepped onto the hangar bay of the carrier USS Wasp in Boston..." (more)
List Price: $44.95
* Hardcover: 200 pages
* Publisher: Turner Publishing Company (KY) (July 2004)
* Language: English
* ISBN: 1563119854
Link amazon.com

Chris.

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posted 09-01-2006 03:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Naraht   Click Here to Email Naraht     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You might also be interested in a guide to Mercury tracking sites which includes a section on the Atlantic and Indian ocean ships. It has a wealth of technical detail, as well as some information about life on board.
http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/mscorbaddon/MercuryTrackingSites.pdf

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posted 09-01-2006 05:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for micropooz   Click Here to Email micropooz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I checked my copy of "Splashdown - NASA and the Navy" and it does not address the tracking ships at all. Also checked Catchpole's "Project Mercury" and it mentions the tracking ships sporadically, has one picture of two of them at dock, but no more.

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posted 09-01-2006 11:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceCat     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Probably out of print- but worth a search:

RANGE RATS AT SEA
by Dan Kovalchik
1995
Commonwealth Publications
9764 45th Ave.
Edmonton, AB, Canada
ISBN: 1-55197-128-3

It's a detailed memoir of life aboard the tracking ship VANGUARD- informative and hilarious.... very enjoyable read!

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posted 09-02-2006 05:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Obviousman   Click Here to Email Obviousman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You should also have a look through an older copy of Janes Fighting Ships; there is bound to be some general details of the vessels.

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posted 10-10-2006 08:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joe Frasketi   Click Here to Email Joe Frasketi     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The book "Range Rats at Sea" by Dan Kovalchik can be purchased thru his website http://www.rangerat.com/index.html
click on this link "Rocket Ships" on his page to get info. on the Roseknot and Coastal Sentry Ships http://www.rangerat.com/rocketships.htm

a good source for
photos of range instrumentation ships is this url http://www.navsource.org/archives/09/53idx.htm

I worked on the ETR tracking stations 1956-72 but i only worked on one of the small range ships in 1961, the "Golf" but found out I preferred land duty.

Anyone interested in my experiences on tracking stations can find articles on my website; http://spacecovers.com/articles.htm

[Edited by Joe Frasketi (October 10, 2006).]

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posted 10-10-2006 10:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceCat     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very cool info, Joe!
I did not know Kovalchik had a site, interesting to read your background and great to see pics of those famous vessels.

You must have been there when the first IRIG standards were written!

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posted 10-11-2006 03:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for paul.i.w   Click Here to Email paul.i.w     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for all the great info, guys

Paul, UK

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