All our supplies were delivered by underway replenishment. The delivery ship would maintain 10 knots on a steady course while the Androscoggin would approach and maintain station 60 to 80 feet away.

@ Close ships require close supervision of work to prevent accidents.

Signals are passed via telephone and colored paddles between ships. "Avast Heaving" command is given to the cargo ship's net operator.


As much as 15 tons of cargo per hour were transferred between the cargo ship and the Andy. As soon as a full cargo net hit our deck, our men would swarm over it and start passing boxes and crates to the fantail and clear the loading area for the next net already on its way to us 60 seconds later.

Receiving another load of ammunition
Mike Donnell, Jack Pinnell preparing for UNREP with ammunition ship. Empty powder cases on both sides of the gun mount ready to be be returned.
Ammunition received from UNREP
Bobby Hanner and Richard Smith stowing ammunition in the Ammunition Locker.
Receiving supplies via Vertical Replenishment (VERTREP) Gold Dust Drop. Up to date reading material and packages dropped by patrol planes.
ENS Mike Guritz and LCDR Hodges Gallop Men returning to the Andy were transferred aboard from the Navy tankers in a breathtaking ride over the waters separating the ships.
W.C. Williamson, D.W. Singleton, Stan Heifner, unknown and Bobby Haner closest

CO of CGC Duane, Captain Hume, being brought aboard Androscoggin.

A 4000 HP power plant such as ours, needs approximately 8,000 gallons per day of heavy black fuel oil to burn in our two boilers that produce steam to drive our turbines. Supplying us weekly was an "all hands" job. Our approach begins on the 550' Navy fuel tanker. Shot lines or bolo lines are thrown from the tanker to our men on deck and are quickly hauled aboard. Attached to these lines are heavier lines and cable which will support the weight of the fuel hose suspended on pulleys from the cable "High Line" which  is soon fastened to our ship.

Making our approach on a tanker.

Slowly the fuel hose snakes across the water separating the tanker and the Androscoggin, at times a distance as close as 60 feet. Quickly and with efficiency learned from much repetition, our boiler tenders connect the fuel hose to our supply lines. The Androscoggin now gulps 60,000 gallons of fuel oil, and 7,000 gallons of JP-5, and may even receive several 55 gallons of lubricating oil. The fuel is for us, and the JP-5 is to refuel the Swift Boats and 82 footers.

Constant supervision is apparent at all positions. One mistake could cause collision, loss of life, or at best, needless manhours lost in cleanup.

About two hours later, the hoses are disconnected and the Andy pulls away from the tanker, ready for her next week of patrol.

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