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(CNN)   Today's Lake Mead discovery: a WWII landing craft   (cnn.com) divider line
    More: Strange, Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Colorado River, various reasons, WWII surplus craft, Production of the plywood Higgins Crafts, Dead pool, Las Vegas, Nevada  
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2022-07-12 6:07:42 AM  
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//now do this mission
 
2022-07-12 7:35:56 AM  
Would have been a lot cooler if it'd been a bomber.
 
2022-07-12 8:12:45 AM  
Kind of a big deal.  Liberty ships, AKA Higgins boats, were just screwed together plywood and never intended to outlast the way.  Most just fell to pieces.  Even analyzing a derelict might give us some history.

Eisenhower was asked what was the best weapon of WW2?  He said, "The best weapon was the C-47 cargo plane, the GMC Deuce-and-a-half truck, and the Liberty Ship."  IOW, the transport vehicles that got soldiers the STUFF to crush the enemy.
 
2022-07-12 9:06:26 AM  
Wow, they were WAY off course.
 
2022-07-12 9:08:14 AM  

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//now do this mission


Done in one
 
2022-07-12 9:08:50 AM  

claytonemery: Kind of a big deal.  Liberty ships, AKA Higgins boats, were just screwed together plywood and never intended to outlast the way.  Most just fell to pieces.  Even analyzing a derelict might give us some history.

Eisenhower was asked what was the best weapon of WW2?  He said, "The best weapon was the C-47 cargo plane, the GMC Deuce-and-a-half truck, and the Liberty Ship."  IOW, the transport vehicles that got soldiers the STUFF to crush the enemy.


Liberty ship =/= Higgins boat
 
2022-07-12 9:09:52 AM  
I've been watching Lake Mead recede on YouTube videos. It's fascinating & frightening at the same time.
I'm not sure what the surrounding states are going to do without water and electricity.
 
2022-07-12 9:15:06 AM  
I wouldn't be surprised if some greedy capitalist fark is discretely taking water from the lake to feed his crops or fill his pool or water his lawn or some other greedy endeavor.

It's the American "me first" way...
 
2022-07-12 9:18:35 AM  
RIP Higgins

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2022-07-12 9:21:19 AM  
I would like to go there with a metal detector, I can only imagine what I would find with all those years of stuff people dropped there, especially by the boat docks.
 
2022-07-12 9:21:56 AM  

claytonemery: Kind of a big deal.  Liberty ships, AKA Higgins boats, were just screwed together plywood and never intended to outlast the way.  Most just fell to pieces.  Even analyzing a derelict might give us some history.

Eisenhower was asked what was the best weapon of WW2?  He said, "The best weapon was the C-47 cargo plane, the GMC Deuce-and-a-half truck, and the Liberty Ship."  IOW, the transport vehicles that got soldiers the STUFF to crush the enemy.


Not a Liberty ship.
 
2022-07-12 9:22:21 AM  
Was there a corpse in it?
 
2022-07-12 9:30:48 AM  

claytonemery: Eisenhower was asked what was the best weapon of WW2?  He said, "The best weapon was the C-47 cargo plane, the GMC Deuce-and-a-half truck, and the Liberty Ship."  IOW, the transport vehicles that got soldiers the STUFF to crush the enemy.


The best weapon was information. Always has been. Of course he's not going to say that in public, but intelligence was by far the best weapon in WWII.
 
2022-07-12 9:31:27 AM  
Higgens Craft is kinda neat. I assumed from the headline that they found a duck boat and was all ready to remark that "at the bottom of a lake" wouldn't be weird, that's their natural state.
 
2022-07-12 9:35:51 AM  
If this thing is suddenly exposed, that means Meade has dropped by 3 feet relatively recently and quickly.  I think the souithwest is gonna be farked a lot faster than the estimates say or "what they are telling us".
 
2022-07-12 9:36:45 AM  
Does it have any of that sweet pre-atomic-age steel to salvage?
 
2022-07-12 9:49:54 AM  

Opacity: Was there a corpse in it?


Nah, this isn't the Lake of the Ozarks.
 
2022-07-12 9:51:57 AM  

hubiestubert: Would have been a lot cooler if it'd been a bomber.


That's the Monongehela river
 
2022-07-12 9:55:10 AM  

groppet: I would like to go there with a metal detector, I can only imagine what I would find with all those years of stuff people dropped there, especially by the boat docks.


I need to walk around elephant butte.
I lost a pair of French gold framed shooting glasses at 122 MPH back in 77
 
2022-07-12 10:15:48 AM  

stuhayes2010: If this thing is suddenly exposed, that means Meade has dropped by 3 feet relatively recently and quickly.  I think the souithwest is gonna be farked a lot faster than the estimates say or "what they are telling us".


At current rate of decline Meade will be a dead pond within the year.

This should be interesting for real estate prices in the West. The Millennials wanted a price drop.
 
2022-07-12 10:15:55 AM  

claytonemery: Kind of a big deal.  Liberty ships, AKA Higgins boats, were just screwed together plywood and never intended to outlast the way.  Most just fell to pieces.  Even analyzing a derelict might give us some history.


Liberty ships weren't plywood. Higgins boats (which are PT Boats) are wood, but neither is a landing craft.

After the war, most of the PT boats had what could be removed taken off and the hulls burned so the Navy wouldn't have to maintain them.
 
2022-07-12 10:36:25 AM  
If there's one thing humans do constantly it's trash the place, whether or not they live there.
 
2022-07-12 10:46:29 AM  

groppet: I would like to go there with a metal detector, I can only imagine what I would find with all those years of stuff people dropped there, especially by the boat docks.


Sounds like fun, but somebody guarantee you has already done it.....
 
2022-07-12 10:48:04 AM  

scooterstrats: claytonemery: Kind of a big deal.  Liberty ships, AKA Higgins boats, were just screwed together plywood and never intended to outlast the way.  Most just fell to pieces.  Even analyzing a derelict might give us some history.

Eisenhower was asked what was the best weapon of WW2?  He said, "The best weapon was the C-47 cargo plane, the GMC Deuce-and-a-half truck, and the Liberty Ship."  IOW, the transport vehicles that got soldiers the STUFF to crush the enemy.

Not a Liberty ship.


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Liberty Ship.....
 
2022-07-12 11:00:52 AM  

SpaceMonkey-66: scooterstrats: claytonemery: Kind of a big deal.  Liberty ships, AKA Higgins boats, were just screwed together plywood and never intended to outlast the way.  Most just fell to pieces.  Even analyzing a derelict might give us some history.

Eisenhower was asked what was the best weapon of WW2?  He said, "The best weapon was the C-47 cargo plane, the GMC Deuce-and-a-half truck, and the Liberty Ship."  IOW, the transport vehicles that got soldiers the STUFF to crush the enemy.

Not a Liberty ship.

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Liberty Ship.....


Now THATS a Liberty ship.
 
2022-07-12 11:06:07 AM  

hubiestubert: Would have been a lot cooler if it'd been a bomber.


In particular, a Japanese or German one.
 
2022-07-12 11:17:03 AM  
Be interesting to see what will happen with all the silted bottom now that it's likely never going to get covered again due to warming.

Probably hardly any organic in it, so even if some of it stays muddy due to remaining flow, we won't get an oasis down there or anything.

Still, something interesting to study if you're a grad student and need a thesis.  Ecological or Archeological.
 
2022-07-12 11:30:24 AM  

vudukungfu: hubiestubert: Would have been a lot cooler if it'd been a bomber.

That's the Monongehela river


That airplane disappeared, either dissolved by the polluted river or dredged by an illegal gravel dredging operation. The Post Gazette did a nice article about 5 years ago.
 
2022-07-12 11:59:37 AM  

groppet: I would like to go there with a metal detector, I can only imagine what I would find with all those years of stuff people dropped there, especially by the boat docks.


My family used to go out there every other weekend in the 90s. We rescued a bunch of drunk guys who capsized their Boston Whaler in the marina... one of them was USAF from nearby Nellis AFB who *somehow* thought it would be a good idea to bring his duty pistol in a backpack that went straight to the bottom. I imagine that spot is a good 1/2 above the current waterline now, though. Happy hunting!
 
2022-07-12 11:59:57 AM  
Thats a long way from Omaha Beach. I guess they shouldn't have taken that left turn at Albuquerque.
 
2022-07-12 1:53:58 PM  
Well, since the garbage is now visible, has any civic group started taking trash bags along the new beach fronts to spruce it up?

Every time we have a drought, every pond and puddle sprouts a Boy or Girl Scout troop, earning merit badges.  They haul off a couple of loads and it doesn't make a dent.
 
2022-07-12 2:38:48 PM  
Free pre-atomic steel!
 
2022-07-12 6:35:09 PM  

Ghastly: Free pre-atomic steel!


Weren't the Higgins boats made of pressed plywood?

The armor though, that would be.......
 
2022-07-12 10:07:59 PM  
"The vessel has had its engine removed". Ugh, no it didn't. Its engine was removed. Lord.
 
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