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.)
I read "On The Bottom" probably more than 60 years ago checking it out from the Wellwood Murray Memorial Library in Palm Springs, California. The book was old and tattered then and the library put it up for sale for five cents. I brought it home and have carried it around for more than 60 years. I have read it over several times. Also read Under the Red Sea Sun and the other books about WWII. LCDR Ellsberg inspired me to study marine engineering in college and I served 28 years in the Coast Guard as a shipboard engineering officer and in the Marine Safety Program. I am so glad a grandson of Admiral Ellsberg has stepped up to document his legacy. Wonderful web site! Keep up the good work and thank you.
Your grandfather is still an inspiration to me. I work in Marine salvage and diving, and I still refer to much of the work he pioneered, the theories are still practiced today. The site is a great tribute to a great hero, and you’ve done a great job and should be proud of it.
Thanks, Jim. That is why I put the website up - to keep the memory and inspiration of my grandfather alive and as a beacon for future generations. We have scanned many pix and are now doing articles, and hope to have at least 1000 up by the end of the summer - been a long project!
I was randomly surfing the internet on books on WWII and I clicked on your GDad's book (embarrassingly by accident). My Dad and his brother fought in European & Pacific wars, respectively. I have never come across anyone who was as proud of their close relative as much as me for not only being related to them (I hope that came out right), but for their military. I will check out one of your GDad's books. : )
About 30 years ago I purchased a used copy of your grandfather’s book “Under The Red Sea Sun” at a book sale for 75 cents. I was on active duty in the Navy as a cardiologist at the Naval Hosp St Albany’s (Queens) NY from 1963-65, and over the ensuing years managed to collect all 16+ books Adm Ellsberg wrote including Alden’s “Salvage Man”. I was ten when Pearl Harbor was bombed (you do the math) and am still active as an MD doing expert witness work, working in a clinic twice weekly until Mar 19 when I took a leave of absence owing to the pandemic. I have done ten site visits all over the Eastern US for the VA evaluating veterans claiming cardiac disability from
armed service. I have followed and admired Adm Ellsberg since his submarine salvage work in the late 1930s, stumbled on the excellent Alden book which I have added to my collection. Adm Ellsberg was an excellent writer, gripping often and I am very grateful for your creating the web site. Please keep up your excellent work.
Thanks for writing again, Paul. Glad you are keeping active! Since we last communicated I've re-published about 10 of EE's books, some as audio. The new version of URSS has more pix and other material. Still working on the website and have scanned hundreds of pix that we are trying to get online. Also lots more material. I am now in Mexico.