May 2017

Dear Shipmate,

For the seventh time, students from Berwick Academy spent their Youth Service Day at Albacore Park. About 50 students invaded the Park on Thursday, April 20th. Accompanied by several teachers and five parent chaperones, the group was divided into four teams and set about cleaning the Park grounds. Three teams tackled cleaning up debris from the harsh winter, while the fourth set to work cleaning up the propeller field. Each team was toured through the boat before wrapping up their work.  Thanks to the planning by Executive Director Jim Craig, assistance by Park staff member Bernie McAfee and shipmate 'Frenchy' Tranchemontagne (with cooperation from the weather), the Park was looking much better for the student's efforts.


"Frenchy" imparts some words of wisdom to the youngsters on his clean up team.


A remedy for eliminating what was jokingly referred to as "Lake Albacore", a persistent ponding of rainwater in the grassy area forward of Albacore's bow, is in hand. A temporary drain will be installed until the State completes re-building and grading of the Albacore Connector Road and adjacent areas. That should permanently eliminate the ponding problem, but it won't happen until after the middle bridge contractor has completed his work and the "new" bridge is opened for traffic.

The new climate-controlled storage building is in the midst of the City of Portsmouth approval process. The schedule calls for breaking ground late this month followed by preparing the foundation. The pre-fabricated building is due to arrive in late June. As previously noted, it will be located at the southern end of the Park property.

Continuation of the effort to remove the "wrinkles" from Albacore's port side will resume sometime after the upcoming May 6th bi-annual inspection by NavSea. Every two years, a NavSea team inspects Albacore to ensure that PSMA is taking good care of Albacore. The team conducted their inspection in May and PSMA now waits for the formal report of their findings.


August 9-12 2018 Reunion News

Notes from John Gandiello -

We will be dining at Fosters Clambake in York Harbor, Maine on Friday night, August 10th, 6:45 to 9:15 pm. Fosters may be familiar to those who attended the 2010 reunion. Also, we will be dining at the Atlantic Grill for our Saturday night banquet and Sunday morning brunch.

Clambake Menu items:

- New England Clam Chowder

- Freshly Dug Maine Clams

- Cultivated Mussels

- Succulent Maine Lobster **

- Sweet Corn On The Cob

- Roasted Red Bliss Potatoes & Onions

- Rolls & Butter

- Hot Drawn Butter

- Blueberry Crumb Cake

** Succulent Maine Lobster can be substituted with Hickory BBQ Chicken or a Vegetarian Option

A cash bar will be available at Fosters

I am still working on the Saturday night banquet and Sunday's brunch menus.

Please go through your basement, garage, closets, or other places and find those old artifacts from the Albacore or other Navy-related items that you want to raffle off during the reunion.

I also want to do a raffle gift exchange. You would bring an inexpensive gift ($20 or less) unique to your area of residence. You will exchange it for a raffle ticket. Only those who have gift exchange raffle tickets will participate in the gift exchange raffle.

John Gandiello 2018 Reunion Coordinator

Also -

Shipmate Jay Dietrich (QM2 '56-'60) was featured in an Electric Boat interview commemorating the 54th anniversary of the loss of USS Thresher (SSN 593). The resulting article served as a reminder of the continuing need for maintaining the high quality of work that has kept any SUBSAFE-certified submarine from ever experiencing a similar fate. Well done, Jay.

The bottom portions of Albacore's two lower control surfaces are to be cleaned and the entire fins repainted. Paint is in hand and now it is a case of getting several good (dry) days of weather to remove the rust, prime and paint the fins.

Memorial benches and text panels honoring 25 year-long Park employee Jim Sergeant and Arthur Stanton and his wife Doris may be in place for this year's Memorial Day celebration. CMoMM (SS) Stanton was the COB of the first Albacore (SS 219) when she was lost in November of 1944. Doris Stanton Jowers was the sponsor of USS Albacore (AGSS 569).

Shipmate Carl Nici has a new email address of "". Shipmate Joseph Lastovka also has a new email of "".

Under "News Events - 2017" on this website you will find a recently-found set of remarks made at Albacore's decommissioning by then Assistant Secretary of the Navy for R&D, Mr. Robert Frosch. Joe Gluckert, curator of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard museum and a PSMA board member, recently found a copy. I'll wager that those who were at the decommissioning have long forgotten the Secretary's remarks. I think they are worthwhile and are still germain today.

If you are receiving this newsletter via Uncle Sam’s postal service, it is because we do not have an e-mail address for you. In addition to the 190 copies sent out electronically, there are 40 more that go out as a hard copy. We would prefer to be totally GREEN and deliver the newsletters electronically to save on paper and stamps. So, if you have recently gotten on-line, or had a change of address, telephone number, e-mail provider or if you just have something you would like to submit for posting on the website, please pass that information along to Jack Hunter by snail or e-mail or via phone.

Until next time, shipmate.

Jack Hunter
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