Michael H. Standart


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Since I suggested this yesterday, I might as well start it off. I'm a 40 year old retired U.S. Navy first class petty officer who currently lives in South Carolina with my folks(They're not young anymore and need me to help with things they are hard pressed to do themselves) and 11 cats. I currently work night shift on the stocking crew of a Lowes hardware/home improvement store. I've had an interest in the RMS Titanic since I first saw A Night To Remember as a child, then read the book from the schools library.

I found this site by way of a websearch shortly after I retired, but I didn't start posting here until about a month ago. Quite a few people have been very helpful in reccommending resources such as Dave Gittens, George Behe, and Pat Cook, and still others have pointed me towards some useful websites which cover some topics such as everybodies favorite controversy, the Californian Incident.

No, I'm not married, and at this point, I'm not really looking. My tenure in the Navy assured me a wide veriety of experiences, such as five West Pacific Deployments, some long stretches in some shipyards (Naval Shipyard Puget Sound and also Portsmouth Naval Shipyard as well as the Avondale yard at Westwego Louisiana where one of my ships was built). I spent ten+ years of my career at sea on the USS Ranger(CV-61), the USS Mahlon S. Tisdale,(FFG-27) USS Germantown(LSD-42), USS Comstock(LSD-45) and the USS George Washington(CVN-73). I am a member of the Titanic Historical Society and a life member of the United States Naval Institute, and have sent in an application to join Titanic international. Now if only the d### Post Office would stop bending my packets which are clearly marked "DO NOT BEND" Grrrrrrr!
I have interests in history, archaeology, and thanks to a flying club at one of my duty stations, experience in general aviation.

The main focus of my interest has been the technical aspects of the Titanic's construction and loss as well as the careers of her two sisters. Recently, I addad the complete transcripts of the two investigations to my library due in no small part to advice and links provided by members of this board. To all that I have named, and those I didn't get around to naming(like Inger Sheil and Mike Herbold to name a couple) but who have shared their insights and knowladge, thanks. I've learned more about the Titanic in the last two months then I have over the past thirty years.

Cordially,
Michael H. Standart
 

Philip Hind

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I propose that everyone who wants to participate starts a new conversation rather than replying to each message with information about yourself.

This has two benefits:

1. Threads doesn't get too long.
2. We can disect each personality to our hearts content and everyone will know who we're talking about!

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I think the "Introduce Yourself" folder is a good idea, although I fear there will be many, as earlier mentioned, who will opt to retain their privacy. However I know most of us would especially love to know more re: some of the experts who routinely help out on the site - people like George Behe, for instance, whose names are so well known and yet a lot of us don't know that much about them. I think if one were reluctant to share too much personal data, which is understandable, one could still stick to professional info & that would be interesting enough. Thanks to Katia and Michael for the idea. Michael nice to know you. Katia your turn.

Right now I will refrain from saying anything re: myself but will try to add something later on.

In the meantime I would like to urge my friend Phillip Gowan especially to say a few things re: his work as it is fascinating and I think others will enjoy knowing him as I do. I would also like to invite all other contributors to ET, especially those whose names we're all so familar with and whom we enjoy hearing from so much, to say a few words about themselves and share details of related projects, if any, which they may be engaged in.
 
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Phil,

That's a great idea. And as our Captain I think you should consider participating by adding some new bits on yourself. We've all read your on-site profile but update us if you want. Your site is the most amazing forum and the most thorough and we are all indebted to you for your inspired example of good and fair history reporting.

Randy
 

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Michael -

Just a quick note to say how much I've enjoyed your contributions and humour to the board so far. You've won the respect of at least two people whose views I hold in very high regard, one of them in the merchant navy. A fresh perspective and practical knowledge!

Ing
 
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Hi Inger, I'm glad I've won some respect and I hope I continue to be worthy of it. Especially since I'm now chatting with people who have done a helluva lot more research then I've ever had time for. Thanks to the people I've met here, I've been able to get some outstanding book reccommendations, as well as information which made it possible for me to get unabridged copies of the transcripts of both investigations.

As to my sense of humor, blame my Dad. I got it from him. ;-)

Cordially,
Michael H. Standart
 

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Good Late Afternoon Michael from here off Gibraltar, Spain. I wonder if you might be able to help me find the British Board of Inquiry. I have parts of it but I can't seem to find all of it. I have the American version but it to is getting old and coffe and dounut stains on it and needs replaceing. If you know of somewhere either on line (which would be easist as I am underway most of the year) or via post it would be greatly appreicated. That way in my debates I can quote sources instead of trying to remeber what source I got info from. Thanks Again,

Erik
 

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Erik,

Thanks to the concerted efforts of Rob Ottmers and a lot of other peple who obviously have far too much time on their hands (!) the entire British and American inquiries are available online:

www.titanicinquiry.org

Phil
 
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Happy you liked the idea an hope you keep on doing all your presentations!

I'd only like to ask everyone this:

in order to those "more know" people like "George Behe" (I'm sorry to tell you this Mr. George but I don't even knew who you were till you've wrote your own bio!) be able to write teir own "introduce yourself" i'd like to ask everyone to not keep bother them with questions and everything; I mean, I believe that these people won't mind telling us some kind of things but don't push things out! Hope everyone understands this, it's just that these men and women deserve their own privace so please don't spoil something that I believe it is a good idea. Anyway, they've been here to help us with or question but maybe we didn't even knew who they were!

(Of course this "rule" should be take in consideration for anyone, known or unknown no one likes to be disturbed TOO MUCH!)

Best regards,
Cátia Lamy
 
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G'Day Erik, I got my copy of the British BOT Enquiry from Amazon.com. I don't know if they deliver world wide however. The American investigation's transcripts can be obtained from the Congressional Information Service at http://www.lexis-nexis.com/cispubs/titanic.htm

You can E-mail them or call their phone number. I'd suggest the latter if possible as sending credit card information by e-mail isn't always the wisest idea in the world. Neither of these transcipts is especially cheap, but they are essential sorce material.

Cordially,
Michael H. Standart
 
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Traci Miller

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Dear Michael:

Thank you for your welcome message. I read your biography and was so fascinated - the places you've seen. It must have been wonderful (although I know military life can have its drawbacks, as well).

Anyway, thanks. It's great to find friends who share my enthusiasm about Titanic, other ships, and the sea.

Talk to you soon,
Traci
 
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Hello Traci. I did get around a bit and learned a lot in my service. Yes, military service has it's downside. When I made a deployment on the USS Comstock in the summer of '91, it was to the Persian Gulf shortly after Desert Storm. With 900 of the 1200 mines sown by So-ddam Inssane's joyboys unaccounted for and drifting around loose, we pretty much spent that summer running around in an unswept minefeild. Fortunately, we didn't end up parking on one of those things.

Cordially,
Michael H. Standart
 
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Everywhere I ever lived, I always made sure that there was a place for my mom should anything ever happen to my dad. Just before she passed, I lived only a mile from my parents to assist them in various ways. My dad had to travel to the area you were stationed in the Persian Gulf and was there for 6-8 weeks just prior to the whole Desert Storm thing. He was calling me to be sure that all was well at home...and I could hear the "booming in the background". And when I lived in Korea, a plane "wandered" into the air space and anti air craft guns began while I was in the street....that sort of stuff changes you. But it also helps you to know without a doubt what sorts of pressures that people like the officers of a ship like the Titanic must be under. I admire you for your contributions and I respect you a lot for your loving care for your parents!
So can I adopt you? hehe

Maureen.
 
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Hi Maureen...ah...can you adopt me? An old prevert like me? Wel-l-l-l-l, but careful what you wish for. You know how us sailors are with the ladies. ;-)

Seriously, going into potential combat zones, training for life and death situations, then dealing with them as a matter of routine does change you. If nothing else, learning just how bad things can be forces you to take note of what's really important.

BTW, I've been to South Korea. When I made that Westpac on the Germantown, we participated in one of those excercises the North Koreans were always screaming bloody murder about. South Korea reminded me of an armed camp always on the verge of war, which wasn't far of the mark. Shucks, even the private security gaurds at the steelmill in Pohang carried fully automatic rifles, and if the say, "stop or I'll shoot!", you better beleive it...because they will!

Glad I don't live there.

Cordially,
Michael H, Standart
 
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I lived in South Korea for 2years. And yes, the guys with the uniforms there are deadly serious. You always respond in the positive ( or negative whatever is required).

You say the Navy guys are bad,...well, I traveled in country on a small plane from Pusan to Seoul once (I had studied the langauge and could get anywhere on my own) but I didn;t know about the photo taking rule. I was taking photographs with my little stupid camera all the way from Pusan to Seoul.....I get off the plane and this Korean man comes up to me and takes my camera from me and escorts me to this room and begins "checking me out". Unfortunately, I guess for me, I was built up top in a way I guess he was un accustomed and we both blushed as he felt for...weapons I guess! I was so embarrassed, but he just smiled at me as I left. Good grief.

And you sound like a neat guy....very adoptable. Have a great day! Maureen.
 
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My film was trashed...although I think that kept the film of the "weapons" search for further study.
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"Top Heavy", hmmmmm, is that what the problem was? He could SEE that I did not have weapons....but I guess in his defense he just had to check it out anyway. Pat her down..it was on his checklist of horrible things to do I guess, you never know, I may have had a civil war canon in there right next to my stupid camera...you never know.

It was my own stupid fault for carrying the camera in the first place....but it was just that little smile he gave as I left.

Did you tell Geoff that I had a great body or is that Korean guard here somewhere on this thing? Anyway, I told him that Colonial Mustard lied and that I was separated at birth from Phar Lap.
Enjoy your day!
Hope your Mom and Dad are well. Maureen.
 
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