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At random: Probably the most expensive ballast ever carried by a ship was two tons of gold and eighteen tons of silver coins carried by the U.S. submarine TROUT while on a trip from Corregidor to Pearl Harbor early in World War II. TROUT had removed her moveable ballast to allow for a larger cargo of ammunition to be transported for the defenders on the embattled island. Lcdr. Fenno, TROUT's CO, planned on replacing the ballast with sand bags, but found none were available. The gold and silver from the Bank of the Philippines was substituted as ballast, which also solved the problem of removing the treasure to a safe place prior to invasion by the enemy.
WWII U.S. Submarine War Patrol Reports

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Posted 2012-08-13 7:51 PM (#58802)

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Subject: WWII U.S. Submarine War Patrol Reports

For you researchers, historians and avid submarine affecianados, our "War Patrol Reports" on DVD (by Submarine Memorabilia, Inc.) are now at their lowest price ever (and won't go down further).  These 63,000+ pages of 255 submarine reports are on four DVD's and come with an alphabetical listing of boat names and number of patrols (over 1,600).  Fascinating reading! This set originally started on 28 DVD's for over $600, but through the use of compressed .pdf formatting are now on just 4 discs and priced at $80... More info?  Contact me at  - John Clear EMC (SS) USN Ret.

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