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Men at Sea

The "Beans, Bullets, and Oil" that won the War, and the Brave Merchant Sailors when moved them across the Oceans

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(total playtime 10 hours, 46 min)
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War Ship
Admiral Nimitz once wrote that the War in the Pacific was a war of "beans, bullets, and black oil". This is not to take anything away from the nobility and sacrifice of our gallant G.I.s, the actual trigger-pullers. Pulling that trigger would have meant noting without the supplies needed to win the war.

Loose Lips Sink Ships

Getting those supplies to where they were needed fell to the War Shipping Administration and the U.S. Maritime Commission. The herculean efforts required to build the huge fleet of merchant and cargo ships is a legend of engineering and appropriation. But even that legend misses the very human story of the men who sailed the ships which carried the supplies of victory. The men who left the comforts of shore to serve the ships which were largely defenseless against an enemy who dedicated all their efforts to stopping them. The men who faced the dangers of not just the enemy, but the very sea itself. The men who braced against every roll of their ships, who stood alone on a black and empty sea, who tended and protected their dangerous cargo as though it was their own children.

Men At Sea tells this very human story. It is the story of an old Skipper forced to go to sea as a Mate, yet guides his young Captain through a successful first voyage. It is the story of four brave Chaplains, ministers to souls at sea, who selflessly give up their lives that their shipmates might live. It is more than the story of a ship split nearly in half by a storm, it it the story of the men who held the ship together with sheer will in order to deliver their cargo.

Men At Sea was presented on a sustaining basis and produced in cooperation with the War Shipping Administration. The program, along with later efforts like Heroes of the Merchant Marine and It's Maritime, we undiluted recruiting efforts, trying to attract experienced seaman to return to sea in support of the war effort, as well as bringing young recruits to the Merchant service.

The program is great radio drama, even with nearly as much swelling organ music as a daytime soap opera. The recruiting pitch for the Merchant Marine made by Fibber McGee and Molly may have been more effective, but that effort probably would have meant little without shows like Men At Sea establishing a foundation of awareness of the Service’s mission.

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    total playtime 10 hours, 46 min
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      22 shows - total playtime 10 hours 46 minutes
      1. Men At Sea 430711 1-2 02 Story Of A Convoy-pr snd.mp3
      2. Men At Sea 430718 1-3 03 Landlocked Shipyards-pr snd.mp3
      3. Men At Sea 430801 1-5 05 Pacific Lifeline.mp3
      4. Men At Sea 430815 1-7 07 Surviving Attacks At Sea.mp3
      5. Men At Sea 430822 1-8 08 Cargo.mp3
      6. Men At Sea 440716 2-1 09 Libertys Invade.mp3
      7. Men At Sea 440723 2-2 10 Skipper Returns To Sea.mp3
      8. Men At Sea 440806 2-3 11 Able-Bodied Cooks.mp3
      9. Men At Sea 440813 2-4 12 Nor Death Dismay.mp3
      10. Men At Sea 440820 2-5 13 The Report of the Captain.mp3
      11. Men At Sea 440827 2-6 14The Hiring Hall.mp3
      12. Men At Sea 440903 2-7 15 Message Received.mp3
      13. Men At Sea 450708 3-1 17 Long Haul.mp3
      14. Men At Sea 450722 3-3 19 Bringing Home the Bacon.mp3
      15. Men At Sea 450729 3-4 20 Mariner Come Home.mp3
      16. Men At Sea 450805 3-5 21 Beans Bullets And Oil.mp3
      17. Men at Sea 450805 3-5 21 Beans, Bullets and Oil.mp3
      18. Men at Sea 450812 3-6 22 The Stubborn Butcher.mp3
      19. Men At Sea 450819 3-7 23 Bid Was Four Hearts.mp3
      20. Men at Sea 450819 3-7 The Bid Was Four Hearts.mp3
      21. Men at Sea 450826 3-8 Voyage to Kingspoint.mp3
      22. Men at Sea 450902 3-9 Cargo of New Hope.mp3
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      22 shows - total playtime 10 hours 46 minutes
      1. Men At Sea 430711 1-2 02 Story Of A Convoy-pr snd.mp3
      2. Men At Sea 430718 1-3 03 Landlocked Shipyards-pr snd.mp3
      3. Men At Sea 430801 1-5 05 Pacific Lifeline.mp3
      4. Men At Sea 430815 1-7 07 Surviving Attacks At Sea.mp3
      5. Men At Sea 430822 1-8 08 Cargo.mp3
      6. Men At Sea 440716 2-1 09 Libertys Invade.mp3
      7. Men At Sea 440723 2-2 10 Skipper Returns To Sea.mp3
      8. Men At Sea 440806 2-3 11 Able-Bodied Cooks.mp3
      9. Men At Sea 440813 2-4 12 Nor Death Dismay.mp3
      10. Men At Sea 440820 2-5 13 The Report of the Captain.mp3
      11. Men At Sea 440827 2-6 14The Hiring Hall.mp3
      12. Men At Sea 440903 2-7 15 Message Received.mp3
      13. Men At Sea 450708 3-1 17 Long Haul.mp3
      14. Men At Sea 450722 3-3 19 Bringing Home the Bacon.mp3
      15. Men At Sea 450729 3-4 20 Mariner Come Home.mp3
      16. Men At Sea 450805 3-5 21 Beans Bullets And Oil.mp3
      17. Men at Sea 450805 3-5 21 Beans, Bullets and Oil.mp3
      18. Men at Sea 450812 3-6 22 The Stubborn Butcher.mp3
      19. Men At Sea 450819 3-7 23 Bid Was Four Hearts.mp3
      20. Men at Sea 450819 3-7 The Bid Was Four Hearts.mp3
      21. Men at Sea 450826 3-8 Voyage to Kingspoint.mp3
      22. Men at Sea 450902 3-9 Cargo of New Hope.mp3
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    22 recordings on 11 Audio CDs
    total playtime 10 hours, 46 min

    Men at Sea Disc A001

    1. Men At Sea 430711 1-2 02 Story Of A Convoy-pr snd
    2. Men At Sea 430718 1-3 03 Landlocked Shipyards-pr snd

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    Men at Sea Disc A002

    1. Men At Sea 430801 1-5 05 Pacific Lifeline
    2. Men At Sea 430815 1-7 07 Surviving Attacks At Sea

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    Men at Sea Disc A003

    1. Men At Sea 430822 1-8 08 Cargo
    2. Men At Sea 440716 2-1 09 Libertys Invade

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    Men at Sea Disc A004

    1. Men At Sea 440723 2-2 10 Skipper Returns To Sea
    2. Men At Sea 440806 2-3 11 Able-Bodied Cooks

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    Men at Sea Disc A005

    1. Men At Sea 440813 2-4 12 Nor Death Dismay
    2. Men At Sea 440820 2-5 13 The Report of the Captain

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    Men at Sea Disc A006

    1. Men At Sea 440827 2-6 14The Hiring Hall
    2. Men At Sea 440903 2-7 15 Message Received

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    Men at Sea Disc A007

    1. Men At Sea 450708 3-1 17 Long Haul
    2. Men At Sea 450722 3-3 19 Bringing Home the Bacon

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    Men at Sea Disc A008

    1. Men At Sea 450729 3-4 20 Mariner Come Home
    2. Men At Sea 450805 3-5 21 Beans Bullets And Oil

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    Men at Sea Disc A009

    1. Men at Sea 450805 3-5 21 Beans, Bullets and Oil
    2. Men at Sea 450812 3-6 22 The Stubborn Butcher

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    Men at Sea Disc A010

    1. Men At Sea 450819 3-7 23 Bid Was Four Hearts
    2. Men at Sea 450819 3-7 The Bid Was Four Hearts

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    Men at Sea Disc A011

    1. Men at Sea 450826 3-8 Voyage to Kingspoint
    2. Men at Sea 450902 3-9 Cargo of New Hope

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