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The Family History Files of Dalton Ray Phillips







I don't claim to be an artist but I do like to draw. I do a lot of it now that I am retired. I am pretty much home bound and drawing is relaxing for me. I do all of my drawing with a mechanical pencil loaded with 2B leads. PLAIN AND SIMPLE - THAT IS MY WAY. 

At last count, I had almost 400 sketches stashed away in my digital achieves. Some good, some bad, most about average

- all done by me. I typically turn out 2 or 3 new sketches every day. 

I will refresh this page often with new drawings.


If you have comments, suggestions or criticism just send me an email.


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California seashore in early morning sun.  
Seafarer circa  1810.  
Ship at anchor.  
Sunset is approaching. A sailing ship makes way in calm seas. Sailors are going aloft to make adjustments and trim the sails for the night. Hopefully it will be a calm night


Going up! The small boys running aircraft carrier plane guard duty could have a rough go of it. To keep up with the flattops, the small boys often had to steam at high speeds against very choppy seas. They were tossed around like empty tin cans. God bless the tin can sailors.  
AVB-2 TALLAHATCHIE COUNTY underway in the Mediterranean. It was an ugly duckling - that is for sure. Flank speed for it was about 13 knots on a good day. The Russian destroyers in the Med used to love using us as a target practice run - without firing any shots, of course. They would close in on us at high speed from different points in all directions. It was great fun for them - very creepy for us. The Russians were always curious about us. I think they believed we were some kind of spy ship but when they took a closer look they could see that we were not fitted with the sophisticated antenna arrays that would be required for that. AVB stands for Advance Aviation Base ship. We carried specially equipped Navy CB's. Our mission was to quickly set up emergency air strips in strategic locations around the Med to support friendly military aircraft in the event of a sudden war. It was the  concept of a former Navy CNO, who made it it a pet project for the Navy in the early and middle 1960's. The whole program was discontinued in late 1969. Despite the odd looks, TALLAHATCHIE COUNTY had a great crew. Our main mission was to keep the old rust bucket afloat and mission capable from day to day. We worked very hard doing that.  
Big Mike underway. The specially adapted LCM was on the ships equipment inventory to support the primary mission of transporting heavy construction equipment. It was seldom used for that purpose. When used to transport liberty parties, it would easily hold over 50 people. It needed a skilled coxswain at the controls since it was so large - like a big sail when it was windy. Most of the steering was done using the engines. We never had any major mishaps involving Big Mike.  
North Korea - are you sure about this?  
Small boy on radar picket patrol. In wartime situations, when there was potential for an enemy attack, the Admiral in command of the Carrier Task Group would position radar picket destroyers around the perimeter. These ships would be 40 to 60 miles out, far over the horizon. They usually did not have visual contact with any of the other ships. They maintained radio contact and steamed their prescribed courses to provide protection for the main force.   It was a lonely assignment - you feel all alone in a big open ocean.  
Frigate steaming proudly. The United States has a serious responsibility and we must show that we are strong to the people all over the world. When we do not take the lead by sending our war ships out all over the world to show off our flag proudly, things go downhill fast. Failure to show our strength indicates that we are timid and weak to our would be enemies. They assume that we are cowardly. We have seen that happen too often in recent years, which is why the world is in such a big mess now. Call it saber rattling or chest thumping if you must but showing our strength is very important in the unstable world we live in today. It is time to restore our pride in being Americans and if we have to fight for what we believe in - WE WILL. God bless America!  
A modern frigate type ship takes blue water over the bow - carrying out the old tin can Navy tradition.  
A Russian warship steams in the Mediterranean.  
Getting busy. All of the ships moving around and crossing paths makes for an interesting day on the bridge. Things sometimes get intense. "Vector is at Constant Bearing with Decreasing Range" are words that makes everyone on the bridge nervous, as it shows the  potential for a collision at sea.   
Setting a topsail. Back in the days when ships were made of wood and men were made of steel. It was not for wimps.  
A liberty boat approaches ships' brow and considers making a landing. It is almost certain they will be waved off by the Officer of the Deck. Conditions are just too rough for the small boat to make a landing safely.  
A sailing ship makes its way through a calm and tranquil sea under full sails.   
10 sailors in harm's way in a life boat in angry, storm driven seas. The oars are useless and steer is ineffective. If they survive the storm, they will end up where the waves take them  




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