After researching Zee's Formosa
, I got nostalgic and started tripping down memory lane. I was very fortunate to have been in the CMA class that trained on both Golden Bear II and III. #2 being a steam turbine ship built in 1940, and III being a medium speed diesel
built for the navy
laid in 1986, delivered to the Navy
in 1989 as a dual purpose vessel that performed both rolls poorly. Engines to produce the power the navy contract
called for were run at 800 rpm
and broke. Barbara Boxer was able to secure after engine
replacement this ship to replace our old steam turbine Bear. Our campus is in the background.
This is the grand old steam turbine Golden Bear, the Crescent City before her 40+ year stint as our training ship.
And I'm sorry to report (and I just found this out today) this is all that remains of a very memorable vessel. The inside artwork (some would call graffiti) documented training classes
through out 40 years.
Golden Bear that I also trained on......