Just wanted to say, this is a great website. Thank you so much for all your hard work!
Thanks Sam, We are just getting ready to move the site to a new platform, and somehow you logged onto it. Will be adding tons of pix in the coming months. Ted Pollard
Wonderful site. So much interesting content!
Love the new website Ted. Looking forward to the addition of more pictures.
Lots more coming, Bob! We have scanned nearly 1000 pix and we are starting to upload them now. Working on S-51 & Massawa first.
I read Commander Ellsberg's account of the raising of the S-51 "On the bottom" cross-legged on the Stockbridge library floor because I was attracted by the diving and a riveting adventure story. When I re-read it as an adult what stood out this time was Ellsberg's personal courage and noble character. He relies on direct personal inspection, supreme knowledge of ship architecture and his seemingly endless creative wellspring to solve withering challenges, even if it means diving on a wrecked submarine at 130 feet and doing dangerous hands-on salvage work himself. This is why his men would dive "to hell" for him and why Ellsberg cherished these words from salvage diver Smith more than his "Distinguished Service Medal" and numerous official accolades. Bravo Commander Ellsberg! (Don't leave the website without listening to Ellsberg's own description of his education as a young officer at Annapolis, that says everything you need to know about the character and development of the man and is well worth your time.)